From staff reports

Missouri Southern's baseball season came to an abrupt end on Monday.

The Lions were scheduled to play a doubleheader at Southwest Baptist today, but instead the Bearcats will play Northwest Missouri. The two split a doubleheader Monday and will finish the series today in a makeup of a three-game series from earlier this season.

That leaves Lions coach Warren Turner one win short of the 800-wins marker.

"That's fine. The only thing I wanted was the seniors to have more games," he said. "The seniors will be gone and can't make it up.

"The wins are more of an individual thing and I worry about the team more.

"Even if I did (make 800 wins), I had a lot of help. Really, it's a program win, not for me. I can't do it by myself. It's the players, the fans, the media. Really, it's a town milestone more than it is for me."

Northwest Missouri is locked in a hunt for the final two spots in the MIAA Postseason Tournament at Warrensburg. The host, Central Missouri State, and Emporia State have qualified for the tournament.

Emporia State had a game with Missouri Southern rained out, but since that game has no bearing on the MIAA standings, it won't be made up.

The games that affect the MIAA standings will be played in the place of those that involve teams that can't improve their standing. The conference season ends today with the tournament set to start Friday.

Northwest Missouri (17-13 in the MIAA), Missouri Western (16-13) and Pittsburg State (17-14) are all percentage points apart.

Western plays at Missouri-Rolla today and Pittsburg State has finished the regular season.

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