Lions record first sweep of the season


Kristen Stacy | The Chart

Junior Michala Wood secures the ball and tags out a Northwest base runner during a home doubleheader on Military Appreciation Day, April 14, 2015. On the day, Wood’s batted 1-7. The Lions were outscored 14-2 on the day.

Missouri Southern’s softball team was in action last week for eight matchups.

Kicking off this week’s matchups was a date with Pittsburg State University in the State Farm Trophy Series. The Lions were outscored 14-6 in their early season doubleheader on March 7. The Gorillas would go on to sweep the Lions. The Lions have lost their previous six matchups to the Gorillas.

In game one, the Lions were shut out, 1-0. Southern had just four hits, all singles. The Lions were threatening in the fourth inning with runners on third and first, no outs and Myranda Stewart at the plate. Stewart grounded out to the first baseman as Hester was thrown out at home and Corbett was gunned down at third for a triple play and to end the Lions’ threat.

In the nightcap, the Lions took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning. Starter Kali Hudson remained in the game in the seventh inning, looking to pitch a complete game. After holding the Gorillas to only two runs off four hits, the Gorillas would plate four runs in the seventh off five hits and escape Lea Kungle Field with a sweep of the Lions.

“I despise losing to Pittsburg State University,” said head coach Bill Gray. “I don’t like it. It hurts a little bit more than any other time in the year. And we haven’t beat them enough in the last couple of years. It digs a little deeper, especially the way we lost game two tonight.”

The Lions would face Drury the following day in a doubleheader on the road. The Lions would sweep Drury, completing their first sweep of the season, making this only the second time this season the Lions won back-to-back games. Final scores were 4-0, 4-3.

On the day, Kathryn Goins-Osburn led the way offensively, going 3-for-7 with a home run and two RBIs. Michala Wood finished the day with two RBIs and a double, Corbett finished with a run scored, a double, and an RBI, and Stewart had two RBIs to go with her double.

The Lions would then welcome to Lea Kungle Field the No. 24 ranked Griffons of Missouri Western State University. The Lions would get swept by the Griffons as the Lions gave up a 3-0 lead in game one losing, 5-4 and were shut out in game two, 1-0.

To finish up the week’s matchups was a clash with Northwest Missouri State University on Military Appreciation Day at Lea Kungle field.

In game one, the Lions fell to the Bearcats, 9-2.

In game two, the Bearcats completed the sweep as the Lions were shut out, 5-0.

On the day, the Lions committed six errors. Lions pitching gave up 21 hits in total.

The Lions will be back in action tomorrow as they travel to Jefferson, Mo., to play a conference double header against Lincoln. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.