Emporia, Kan. - The Missouri Southern softball team dropped a pair of games this afternoon to Emporia State falling 10-0 in five innings in game one before dropping a hard fought game two 8-7.
Only able to muster one hit in game one, the Lions (19-19, 6-10 MIAA) would turn things around in game two and score a run in the top of the first inning of game two to take a early 1-0 lead. The Hornets would respond with three runs in the bottom half to the inning to regain a 3-1 lead. The Lions would get a run back in the top of the third and then add five more in fourth inning to take a 7-3 lead knocking out the Hornets starting pitcher in the process.
Emporia State (26-9, 13-3) would respond with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 7-7. With a scoreless fifth, the Hornets would score the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth on a one-out RBI groundout to win the game 8-7.
Haley Pypes would lead the Lions in game two going 3-for-4 from the plate hitting a single, and two doubles while driving in three runs. Brooke Swadley would also have a nice afternoon going 1-for-4 with a two-run RBI double to give the Lions a 4-3 lead in the fourth and would later score a run on a two-run RBI double from Pypes.
The Lions return to action next Friday when they stay on the road to play at #18 Fort Hays State (33-5, 13-1) at 3 p.m. in Hays, Kan.