The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 13, 2013

MSSU softball splits at Kearney

The Joplin Globe

KEARNEY, Neb. — Limited to two runs through 10 innings, Missouri Southern erupted for five runs in the fourth inning and four in the sixth to deck Nebraska-Kearney 11-1 Saturday afternoon to salvage a split in their MIAA softball doubleheader.

The Lopers won the opener 3-1.

The Lions (21-21, 8-12 MIAA) collected eight of their 11 hits in the last three innings of the six-inning nightcap. Ninth-place hitter Chloe Brown went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs, and Alana Hester, Dawn Grass, Brooklyn Farrell and Rachel Harding also contributed two hits.

Hester, who scored three runs, beat out an infield hit to start the second game and scored on a dropped flyball.

Grass’ single scored Hester for a 2-0 lead in the third inning, and after the Lopers scored in the bottom of the third, the Lions began to pull away.

Their five-run fourth inning included four hits and two errors. Consecutive doubles to right-center field by Farrell and Michala Wood produced the first run, and Wood later scored on Brown’s single to center.

The third run scored on an error on Hester’s single to center, and two more runs came across when Brooke Swadley reached on an error.

A single to left by Grass and walks to Sara Stearns and Farrell loaded the bases with one out in the Lions’ sixth. Wood reached on a fielder’s choice to score one run. Rachel Harding’s infield hit and Brown’s bases-loaded walk each scored a run, and pinch-hitter Lexie Gardner’s grounder scored the last run.

Haley Pypes (7-7) struck out four batters and walked five while allowing three hits in a complete-game effort.

The Lions Sarah Williams (5-6) went the distance in the opener, allowing seven hits and two earned runs, fanning five and walking one.

Taryn Trosper (2-4) pitched a six-hitter for the Lopers (8-22, 3-11), fanning two and walking none.

Missouri Southern scored its run in the fourth when Pypes, who went 2-for-3, singled to center, took second on Farrell’s groundout and scored on Wood’s two-out single to center.