The Missouri Southern softball program collected their second straight sweep this time besting Emporia State 4-3, 6-4 today.
Emporia State (19-21, 9-13 MIAA) got on board early in the first inning scoring twice to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Lions (24-13-1, 15-6-1 MIAA) got their first run of the game off a Josie Tofpi single that scored Makaila Leonhart in the third inning.
Southern jumped out in the fourth inning to its first lead of the game (3-2) as a Kara Amos single scored Ashlynn Williams and an Adrianna Young single scored Amos. The Hornets responded with a run in the sixth inning to tie it up.
Tofpi said game over with a walk-off double in the seventh inning scoring Yazmin Vargas to send the Lions to a 4-3.
Game one saw Tofpi finish 3-of-4 with two RBIs, Young and Makaila Leonhart had two hits each. Abby Atkin started and went six full innings and Amos picked up her first win of the season throwing the last inning.
Emporia State added a run in the second inning that the Lions responded with a Sidnie Hurst single that scored Young to keep it tied at 3-3.
Both teams were shut out in the third and fourth inning before adding one run each in the fifth. Williams this time with a sacrifice fly to score Tofpi. The sixth inning was where the Lions pulled away as a Leonhart single scored Hurst and a Withers doubled scored Leonhart to finish the game with the Lions victorious 6-4.
Game two had Withers going 4-of-4 with an RBI, Williams with three RBIs, Hurst went 3-of-3 with an RBI, Tofpi and Leonhart with two hits each. Amos picked up her second win of the day and seventh of the season pitching 5.2 innings in relief striking out five.
Yazmin Vargas 29-31 in stolen bases is now tied with Pam Brewer 1996 for eighth-most stolen bases in a single season for the Lions.
Up next is Northwest Missouri Friday, April 30th at home with first pitch from the Pat Lipira Softball Complex at 2 pm.