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Missouri Southern Sports

April 6, 2013

Southern softball settles for split at Washburn

TOPEKA, Kan. — Missouri Southern collected 19 runs and 17 hits but had to settle for a doubleheader split against Washburn in MIAA softball action Friday afternoon at the WU Softball Complex.

The Lions rode a five-run fourth inning to a 9-5 victory in the first game, but Washburn scored five runs in the last two innings to take the nightcap 11-10.

The Lions (19-17, 6-8 MIAA) have two games today at Emporia State (24-9, 11-3). The Lady Hornets swept Pittsburg State 6-1 and 3-2 on Friday.

Shelby Romines paced the Missouri Southern attack with five hits and six runs batted in during the two games.

The Lions, who scored only four runs in four games the previous weekend, tallied three runs in the first inning of the first game, then snapped a 4-4 deadlock with their five-run uprising in the fourth.

Alana Hester singled, Brooke Swadley was hit by a pitch and Romines doubled to left-center to score the Lions’ first run. Then with two outs, Michaela Wood reached on an error to score a run, and Kathryn Goins’ infield hit scored another.

The Lions added another unearned run in the third inning, then had four hits during the fourth.

Hester beat out an infield hit with one out, stole second and scored on Romines’ two-out double down the right-field line. After Dawn Grass walked, Haley Kinnison’s single to right scored a run, and Brooklyn Farrell belted a three-run homer to left field, her third of the season.

Hester and Romines had two hits apiece for the Lions.

Haley Pypes (6-4) pitched the final five innings to earn the victory. Starter Sarah Williams allowed four runs and seven hits in two-plus innings before Pypes entered and yielded an unearned run and three hits the rest of the way.

Amanda Kirkhart went 3-for-4 and Deidra Jones hit a two-run homer, her fifth, for Washburn.

The Lions were held hitless in the first three innings of the nightcap before their bats came alive. The Lions led 4-0 after 3 1/2 innings and 10-6 entering the bottom of the sixth before the Lady Blues rallied.

Washburn’s two runs in the sixth cut the MSSU lead to 10-8. Then in the seventh the Lady Blues’ Alex Zordel and Shelby Erickson walked against Hannah Cooke, and Lauren Thimmesch greeted Pypes with an RBI single to right. After a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position, Jones delivered a two-run single up the middle.

Romines, who went 3-for-4, and Wood, who was 2-for-4, belted home runs for the Lions.

Romines drove in four runs with a solo homer, her seventh, in the fourth inning, RBI single in the fifth inning and two-run single to cap a five-run sixth.

Wood’s homer, her first, was a three-run shot to left-center that gave the Lions a 4-0 lead in the fourth.

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