April 26, 2014

Lions softball splits season finale at Southwest Baptist

Bolivar, Mo. -  Behind sophomore pitcher Haley Kinnison's fourth shutout of the season, the Missouri Southern softball split its season finale at Southwest Baptist this afternoon dropping game one 1-0 before winning game two 4-0 at SBU Softball Field.

Game one saw the Lions only able to muster four hits as designated player Alexah Replogle went 2-for-3 with a double while Chloe Brown and Brooke Swadley also tallied hits. After a scoreless first five hits that saw starting pitcher Sarah Williams surrender only two hits, the Bearcats (16-30, 8-18 MIAA) scored the lone run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth as Caityln Conner hit a one-out solo shot to left center. Williams was the tough-luck loser as she pitched six innings allowing only three hits and struck out two.

Game two saw Southern's offense come to life as Shelby Romines, playing her in final game as a Lion, lead the way going 2-for-4 from the dish while Replogle, Swadley, Michala Wood and Dawn Grass recorded one hit apiece. The Lions broke open a scoreless game in the fourth as Brooklyn Farrell drew a bases-loaded walk scoring pinch-runner Rachel Harding. Southern added to their lead in the sixth with a bases-loaded triple down the right field line by Wood that scored Jessica Castoe, Farrell and Replogle to make it 4-0. Starting pitcher Haley Kinnsion shut down the SBU offense from there as she pitched her 15th complete game of the season to register her 12th win as she allowed just five hits and struck out five to end the year with 112 strikeouts.

The Lions finish the season 19-35, 9-17 in the MIAA. They set school records for home runs (32) and doubles (81), while also coming close to two other marks. Southern commited just 50 errors on the season coming within four for fewest errors in a season set in 2003 (46) and also posted a .968 fielding percentage as a team coming within .002 of besting the record for best team fielding percentage of .970 also set in 2003.