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April 15, 2014

Missouri Southern softball splits with William Jewell

LIBERTY, Mo. — Missouri Southern scored two unearned runs in the seventh inning and nipped William Jewell 3-2 Tuesday afternoon in nonconference softball action.

The homestanding Cardinals used the long ball to edge the Lions 9-8 in the second game to earn a doubleheader split.

Sarah Williams (6-12) picked up the complete-game victory for the Lions (16-32), allowing five hits, striking out three batters and walking three.

Shelby Romines’ two-out home run — her sixth of the season — gave the Lions a 1-0 lead in the first inning. But the Cardinals used sacrifice flies by Faith Song in the third inning and Brittany Madsen in the sixth to take a 2-1 advantage.

In the Lions’ seventh Jessica Castoe singled with one out and continued to second on an outfield error. Romines walked with two outs, and Dawn Grass reached on an error by the center fielder, allowing both runners to score.

William Jewell (20-18) belted four homers in the nightcap — the biggest a three-run shot by  Kelsey Morgan to highlight a six-run third inning that produced a 7-1 lead.

The Lions answered with a five-run fourth inning, scoring all the runs with two out. Romines’ singled plated the first run, and Kathryn Goins followed with a three-run homer — her sixth of the season and third in as many twinbills. Brooklyn Farrell’s double drove in the final run of the inning.

The Cardinals had solo homers by Madsen in the fourth and Song in the fifth for a 9-6 lead. The Cardinals’ first run came on Rachel Hayden’s first-inning homer.

Goins, who drove in the Lions’ first run with a fielder’s choice in the first, reached on an error in the sixth, and Alexah Replogle belted her first homer of the season.

Replogle and Castoe had two hits apiece for the Lions, who return to action next Tuesday at home against Rogers State.

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