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Missouri Southern Sports

April 30, 2013

MSSU softball ends season with sweep of SBU

— For the second day in a row, Chloe Brown ended a game with a double in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday as Missouri Southern defeated Southwest Baptist 9-8 and finished the season with a sweep of an MIAA softball doubleheader.

The Lions (26-24, 13-15 MIAA) won the first game, 3-2.

Center fielder Alena Hester was 3-for-3 and scored three runs in the second game and right fielder Shelby Romines was 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

But it was Brown’s pinch-hit double with one out in the seventh inning that drove in Brooklyn Farrell and Katheryn Goins with the tying and winning runs.

“Be calm,” Brown said of her game-winning at-bat. “I was looking inside because they had been throwing it all day, and it worked.”

Southwest Baptist broke a 7-7 tie in the top of the seventh when Lyndie Routh’s double to left-center field scored Caitlyn Cooner, who led off the inning with a walk.

The Lions’ rally in the bottom of the inning began when Farrell was hit by a pitch. Shortstop Michala Wood sacrificed Farrell to second, and she moved to third when catcher Kathryn Goins’ popup fell in shallow right field.

Brown, pinch-hitting for left fielder Brooke Smith, then drove a 1-1 pitch to the center-field fence.

Brown had hit a two-out, three-run double to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning of Sunday’s 3-2 victory against Central Missouri in the first game of a doubleheader.

“We were the queen of splits this season and finished above .500, so we’re all happy about that,” Brown said.

Southwest Baptist (4-48, 0-28) scored single runs in the first and third innings, then took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fifth when shortstop Alandria Jensen drove in two runs with a double to left.

The Lions took the lead for the first time with a four-run fifth inning. Romines drove in two runs with a double down the left-field line, a double by Dawn Grass scored Romines, and Farrell drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.

Southwest Baptist regained the lead 7-5 with a three-run sixth inning before the Lions tied the score in the bottom of the inning. Alana Hester and Brooke Swadley walked before Romines hit a two-run single to left field.

Sarah Williams (9-6) was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Haley Kinnison.

In the first game, the Lions tied the score 1-1 in the second inning on Michala Wood’s infield single that scored Grass, who had doubled. The Lions scored in the third on a sacrifice by Romines that scored Hester, who led off the inning with a single.

With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Romines’ two-out single scored Swadley with the go-ahead run.

Haley Pypes (8-8) was the winning pitcher. She allowed eight hits and two walks. She struck out 13.

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