The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 29, 2014

Bearcat pitchers limit Southern to 3 hits in sweep

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State limited Missouri Southern’s offense to three singles while sweeping the Lions 10-0 in five innings and 3-0 in eight innings in MIAA softball action on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions’ Haley Kinnison and the Bearcats’ Sarah Baldwin allowed one hit apiece through seven scoreless innings in the nightcap.

But a walk and bunt single gave Northwest Missouri runners at first and second with one out in the eighth inning, and Stephanie Mark slugged a home run to right-center field to end the game.

Kinnison (6-11) struck out nine batters and walked five. Baldwin (7-6) fanned eight and walked none.

Michala Wood’s infield hit to the left side with two outs in the third inning was the Lions’ only hit.

In the opener, Brooklyn Farrell’s infield hit to the right side in the second inning and Brooke Swadley’s single to left in the fifth accounted for the Lions’ two hits.

Ironically, Missouri Southern’s best scoring chance came in the first inning when the Lions loaded the bases without getting a hit. Wood reached on an error with one out, and then with two outs, Dawn Grass walked and Shelby Romines struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. Alexah Replogle then fouled out to left to end the inning.

Channtel Adams sparked the Bearcats (14-16, 7-7 MIAA) with two hits and four runs batted in — an RBI single in the first inning, two-run double in the second and bases-loaded walk in the third.

Lions starter Sarah Wiliams (3-7) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 32⁄3 innings. She walked five and struck out one, and Shelby Mitchell gave up three hits and three runs in 11⁄3 innings.

The Lions (10-22, 3-5) have another doubleheader at Missouri Western (20-14, 5-7) at 1 p.m. today.

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