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Lion softball finishes 2-2 after Oklahoma road trip

Mar. 25—The Missouri Southern softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader against No. 3 Rogers State in Claremore, Oklahoma, on Friday, before regrouping to sweep Northeastern State on Saturday in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Rogers State

In Game 1 against Rogers State (26-4, 10-0), Southern's Kiki Pickens (7-4) gave up one run on five hits in six innings while striking out six, but Rogers State's Sara Llamas-Howell allowed just two Lion hits and improved to 12-2 on the season with the 1-0 complete game win. Llamas Howell recorded eight strikeouts in her seven innings of work.

Rogers State scored its lone run in the bottom of the second inning when Kaylee Lyon plated McKayla Carney with a double to right field.

Katie Gray and Kara Amos both logged singles for the Lions.

In Game 2, Rogers State's bats exploded for a 10-run first inning and the team added two more runs in the bottom of the third en route to a 12-0 run-rule shortened win over MSSU.

Jade Sanders (9-2) gave up just one hit, a first-inning single off the bat of Taylor Nuckolls. Sanders walked one and struck out one in three innings of work.

Amos (6-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on four hits in a third of an inning.

NESU

MSSU (25-10, 5-3) fared much better on Saturday, sweeping Northeastern State 3-2 and 6-4.

In Game 1, Southern got on the board with two runs in the top of the first when Amos hit a two-run homer that plated Nuckolls.

Northeastern State's Emily Sampson made it a 2-1 game in the bottom of the second with a solo shot to centerfield and Addy Wolfe scored on a fielders choice in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2.

Southern regained the lead in the top of the seventh when Peyton Hawkins scooted home on a passed ball.

Nuckolls led Southern, going 2 for 3 at the plate with one run scored. Amos was 1 for 3 with her two-run homer.

Natalie Bates (4-0) logged the win for MSSU after giving up one hit, striking out one and walking none in two innings.

In Game 2 against the Riverhawks, Nuckolls gave MSSU an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when she drove home Yazmin Vargas with a single to left field.

NSU (5-22, 0-10) responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame when Wolfe plated Brynn Burchfield with a double to left field.

Neither team could put another run across until the top of the sixth inning, when the Lions scored four runs.

Vargas scored on an error to make it 2-1 before Nuckolls came home on an Amos sacrifice fly. A Kate Thurman double to right center scored Carsen Tinkler and Maddi Rolfs to put MSSU up 5-1. Vargas scored for the second time in the inning off a sacrifice by Nuckolls.

The Riverhawks scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but their rally fell short as the Lions went on to win 6-4.

Nuckolls and Thurman both logged two RBIs. Nuckolls was 1 for 4 with a run and Thurman finished 1 for 2. Vargas recorded her fifth triple of the season.

Avery Tallman (6-0) earned the win after giving up one earned run, while striking out four and giving up two hits in six innings.

The Lions return to action Friday when they host Fort Hays State for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at Pat Lipira Field.