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Missouri Southern Sports

April 13, 2013

Southern recovers, earns split with Tigers

The Missouri Southern Lions softball team has mastered the ability of having a short memory.

After being on the losing end of a perfect game and falling 5-0 to Fort Hays State in the opener Friday, Missouri Southern bounced back with 13 hits during a 9-8 win in the nightcap.

The split with the 14th-ranked Tigers (34-6, 14-2 MIAA) moved Missouri Southern to 20-20 overall and 7-11 in the MIAA. The Lions’ win snapped Fort Hays State’s school-record 12-game winning streak.

Missouri Southern took a 4-0 lead after three innings of the second game, scoring three runs in the top of the second on five hits before adding one run in the third.

Fort Hays answered with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.

In the top of the fifth, Dawn Grass recorded an RBI single before Michala Wood hit a triple to left that scored two more. Rachel Harding then blasted a single of the middle to score Wood and give the Lions an 8-5 lead.

Southern added an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Grass hit a single to score Alana Hester.

The extra run was necessary as the Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Fort Hays loaded the bases, but Missouri Southern relief pitcher Haley Pypes got the final two outs on a liner to left and a strikeout.

Grass was 4-for-4 with two RBI, while Wood was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Kayce Moore tossed the win and Pypes earned the save.

The Lions’ performance at the plate was a completely different story in the first game.

Fort Hays State’s Maddie Holub threw her second consecutive perfect game as she also was perfect against Northwest Missouri State on April 6.

Holub recorded 14 strikeouts, fanning at least 10 batters in four consecutive games.

It was Holub’s second career perfect game and fourth complete-game no-hitter.

The Lions will remain on the road as they face Nebraska-Kearney (7-21, 2-10) at 3 p.m. today at Dryden Park.

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