Hays, Kan. - Behind 13 hits from the Lions offense, the Missouri Southern softball team held off a late rally from 14th-ranked Fort Hays State to win game two of a MIAA double-header 9-8 this afternoon splitting the pair of games after falling 5-0 in game one.
The Lions (20-20, 7-11 MIAA) would be unable to get a hit in game one as the Tigers' (34-6, 14-2) senior pitcher Maddie Holub would throw her second consecutive perfect game retiring all 21 Lions' batters she faced. Striking out 14 batters, this afternoon's contest was Holub's fourth career complete game no-hitter.
The Tigers' would score a solo run in the bottom of the fourth on a bases loaded walk before breaking the game open in the fifth scoring four runs on three home runs. Holub would help herself hitting a two-run shot to left center before the Tigers would add two more solo home runs to win 5-0.
The Lions would bounce back in game two getting the offense going to score nine runs on 13 hits. First baseman Dawn Grass would lead the charge going 4-for-4 from the plate with two RBI's and a run. Shortstop Michala Wood would also have a nice game two going 2-for-4 with three RBI's and two runs scored.
Getting the bats going early, Southern would take a early 4-0 lead after three innings scoring three runs in the top of the second on five hits before adding a run in the third inning. Fort Hays would respond with five runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead, but the Lions' would answer right back with four runs in the top of the fifth to re-gain a 8-5 lead.
The Lions would get a RBI single from Grass before Wood would triple to left field driving in two more runs. Catcher Rachel Harding would add a single up the middle scoring Wood to give the Lions a three-run lead.
Southern would add what turned out to be a much-needed insurance run in the top of the sixth on a RBI single from Grass plating centerfielder Alana Hester to take a 9-5 lead. Fort Hays would not be done scoring as they would add three runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to one, but pitcher Haley Pypes would come on in relief to shut down the Tiger's threat in the seventh. Fort Hays would load the bases with one out, but Pypes would get the final two Tiger batters to line out to left field and strike out looking to clinch the win.
The Lions return to action Saturday when they travel to Kearney, Neb. to face the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers (7-21, 2-10) at 3 p.m. at Dryden Park.