Topeka, Kan. - Getting their bats going early and often, the Missouri Southern softball team split an MIAA-double-header at Washburn this afternoon winning game one 9-5 before falling 11-10 in a back-and-forth game two on a walk-off single.
Combining for 19 runs on 17 hits in the two games, the Lions (19-17, 6-8 MIAA) would be led by Shelby Romines, who would combine to go 5-for-8 with two singles, two doubles and a home run, six RBI's and two runs on the afternoon. Brooklyn Farrell would also have a nice pair of games as she would combine to go 2-for-5 with a three-run home run, a double, four RBI's scoring four runs while drawing two walks.
After only scoring four runs in four games last weekend at home against Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri, the Lions would get the offense going right away Friday afternoon getting three hits scoring three runs in the top of the first inning of game one. With all nine Lions coming up to the plate in the inning, Romines would drive a double to left center to get the game's first run scoring Alana Hester from second. With the Lions scoring their second run on a error by the Lady Blues' shortstop, Kathryn Goins would single up the middle scoring Haley Kinnison from third to give the Lions a early 3-0 lead.
The Lady Blues (8-20, 4-8) would answer with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to cut the Lions' lead to one. Farrelll would score a throwing error by the Lady Blues' catcher to give the Lions' a two run lead, but the Lady Blues would tie the game at four with a two-run home run to left field.
The Lions' would respond with five runs in the top of the fourth as Romines and Kinnison would each hit RBI singles before Brooklyn Farrell would hit a three-run home run to left field to give Southern a 9-4 lead. Washburn would add a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Lions' would use a strong relief effort from Haley Pypes to secure the win. Coming into relieve starting pitcher Sarah Williams in the third, Pypes would pick up her sixth win of the year pitching the final five innings only giving up three hits and one unearned run while striking out four batters.
Game two of the double-header would be a back-and-forth affair that would see three lead changes before Washburn would score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win.
With neither team scoring in the first three innings, the Lions' would get on the board first in the top of the fourth with a solo home run from Romies and a three-run home run by Michala Wood to take a 4-0 lead. The Lady Blues would respond with a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning to cut the Lions' lead in half. Southern would add a run in the top of the fifth on a RBI single by Romines, but the Lady Blues would answer with four unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead.
The Lions' would answer with five runs in the top of the sixth as they would bat around the order to take a 10-6 lead. Farrell would hit a RBI double scoring Pypes to tie the game at six before coming into score on a wild pitch. Drawing four consecutive walks, the Lions' would score a run before Romines would hit a two-run RBI single to left field.
The Lady Blues would answer with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Lions' lead to 10-8 before walking off with the win on a two-run RBI single up the middle by the Lady Blues.
The Lions return to action Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. when they travel to Emporia State to take on the Hornets (24-9, 11-3) at Trusler Sports Complex.