Southern softball splits games Saturday

Feb. 12—The Missouri Southern softball team split the final two games at the Alvy Early Memorial Classic on Saturday in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The Lions lost to Illinois Springfield 9-0 and then beat Southwest Baptist 13-2.

Illinois Springfield

The Prairie Stars scored 6 unanswered runs in the first three innings of play. The Lions were able to finish the rest of the game with four singles but could not get a runner across the plate, while their opponents scored 3 more runs.

Kara Amos (0-1) picked up the loss for the Lions and pitched the first 1 1/3 innings and gave up four hits and three runs while striking out one batter in the seven batters that she faced.

Southwest Baptist

The Lions scored 3 unanswered runs in the first four innings with an RBI from a Reese Davis single and two-RBI single from Kate Thurman. In the sixth inning, the Lions scored 6 runs starting from RBIs from an Emily Perry single, a two-RBI double from Kara Amos, a Reese Davis single, a Kate Thurman single and another single from Madison Grimes.

The Bearcats scored their only runs in the bottom of the fifth, making it 9-2, but the Lions pulled further away in the seventh. Grimes had her second RBI of the day with another single bringing in Peyton Hawkins. Kyle Jacks got her first RBI for the game with a single, bringing in Thurman. Adrianna Young and Perry both had a single that scored a run to give the Lions their eighth win of the season.

Kiki Pickens (3-0) got the win for the Lions.

The Southern softball team will head to Oklahoma to compete Feb. 16-18 in the Raising Cane's Softball Festival.