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April 2, 2014

Missouri Southern cranks up offense in sweep of Lindenwood

Kathryn Goins hit a grand slam in the first inning of the second game as Missouri Southern swept a doubleheader from Lindenwood 6-1 and 8-0 Wednesday afternoon at Lea Kungle Field.

Goins, who played third base in the first game and caught the second game, was 3-for-6, scored two runs and had six runs batted in. MSSU owned a 1-0 lead before her home run with the bases loaded sailed over the 225-foot sign in center field.

“It was up and I like high pitches,” Goins said after her third home run of the season. “It felt really good. It was one of those that even if you flew out, it felt solid. I just wanted a base hit. We’ll take what we can get.”

Right fielder Shelby Romines was 4-for-7, scored two runs and had three RBI, and shortstop Michala Wood was 5-for-8, including a double and a triple in the first game, and scored three runs.

“I was working on hitting the outside pitch,” said Wood, who singled and scored in the first inning of both games as the Lions’ leadoff batter. “It worked for all of us.”

Missouri Southern (12-24, 4-8 MIAA) outhit Lindenwood 24-11 and had 13 hits in the second game.

Sarah Williams (4-8) pitched a seven-inning complete game in the first game. She allowed seven hits, walked none and struck out six. Haley Kinnison (7-11) pitched all six innings in the second game.

“I was basically throwing my riseball and they were swinging at it,” said Kinnison, who allowed four hits, walked one and struck out eight. “It was working really well today.”

After Goins’ grand slam, MSSU added a run in the second inning on singles by Jessica Castoe, who was 3-for-6; Chloe Brown and Romines.

Alexah Replogle led off the fifth inning with a double and scored on Brooke Swadley’s single to left field, and MSSU ended the game with two outs in the sixth on singles by Dawn Grass, Replogle and Goins, whose base hit to right field scored pinch runner Shelby Mitchell.

Rachel Harding, who played third base in the second game, was 1-for-2 with a third-inning double.

“It’s something we needed. It was a feel-good day,” said Missouri Southern head coach Bill Gray. “Sarah and Haley pitched as well as they have all year. They were in command of their pitches. They (Lindenwood) only hit two balls hard all day.”

In the first game, MSSU scored in the first inning on an RBI double by Romines to right-center field that scored Wood, and the Lions scored twice in the second when Dru Coleman’s RBI single drove in Goins, who had singled, and Wood’s double scored Coleman.

Wood tripled and scored on a wild pitch in a three-run sixth inning. Brown scored on Goins’ sacrifice fly, and Swadley drove in a run with an infield single.

“We worked on it over the weekend. Everybody swung with a purpose,” Gray said. “They let what they know work instead of over-thinking it. Kathryn and Rachel did good work at third base.”

Lindenwood (12-17, 6-8) scored in the fourth inning on singles by Kendall Ryndak and Madison Huot and a double by shortstop Courtney Kitson, who was 3-for-3.

Missouri Southern will face No. 7 Emporia State in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lea Kungle Field.

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