Joplin, Mo. - Thanks to a two-out walk-off bases-loaded double from Chloe Brown, the Missouri Southern Lions softball team rallied for a 3-2 win in game one of their MIAA double-header this afternoon at home against the Central Missouri Jennies before falling 3-1 in game two.
Wearing their pink jerseys to support breast cancer awareness on Pink Day, the Lions' (24-24, 11-15) would head into the bottom of the seventh inning with only one hit, but would rally to string together three hits in the bottom of the inning to load the bases for Brown's winning double.
First baseman Dawn Grass would lead off the inning drawing a walk before moving to second on a single to right field from designated player Haley Pypes. Third baseman Brooklyn Farrell would follow with a bunt single loading the bases as Pypes moved to second and Grass went to third. With shortstop Michala Wood popping up and pinch-hitter Haley Kinnison going down on strikes, Brown would lace a three-run double to right field clearing the bases as the Lions would walk off with the win.
Also Senior Day at Lea Kungle Field this afternoon, senior pitcher Hannah Cooke would get the starting nod for the Lions in game one throwing 4.1 innings allowing only five hits, two runs in the fifth inning while striking out two. Sarah Williams would come on in relief in the fifth pitching the final 2.2 innings of shutout ball allowing only two hits while picking up her team-leading eighth win of the year.
The Jennies (24-20, 14-12) would respond in game two scoring a run in the top of the second to take an early 1-0 lead before cushioning their lead in the fourth with a pair of runs to go up 3-0. Southern would respond in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks a RBI double from second baseman Brooke Swadley scoring centerfielder Alana Hester, who would reach base on a one-out single to left field to cut Central Missouri's lead to 3-1. The Lions would be unable to muster a comeback though only getting one more hit the rest of the evening.
The Lions other senior pitcher Kayce Moore would get the starting nod in game two pitching four innings allowing only three hits, three runs while striking out three Jennies. Haley Kinnison would pitch the final three innings for the Lions retiring all nine Jennies in a row getting two strikeouts.
Southern wraps up the regular season Monday afternoon hosting Southwest Baptist (4-46, 0-26 MIAA) at 3 p.m. at Lea Kungle Field.