PARKVILLE, Mo. – The Lyon College softball team had upset on its collective mind when it went to the Softball Complex to battle 18th-ranked Park University. But the Pirates banged out 26 hits, while holding the Scots to nine as the Pirates kept their American Midwest Conference record perfect with a pair of wins, 11-1 and 8-0, Friday afternoon to extend their school-record win streak to 17 games.
The Scots (6-24) not only saw their five-game winning streak come to an end, but the team dropped to 2-4 in league play, while slipping into a fifth-place tie with William Woods University (7-9, 1-3 AMC), four games behind first place. William Woods split with Hannibal-LaGrange on Friday, falling 2-1 in 11 innings and winning 5-1.
Park (18-2) improved to 6-0 in AMC action, remaining tied with No. 5-ranked Williams Baptist College (24-2, 6-0 AMC) at the top of the league standings. Hannibal-LaGrange (8-8, 3-1 AMC) is in third place, two games behind the leaders, while Missouri Baptist (10-7, 4-4 AMC) sits in fourth place, three games off the pace.
Lyon will return to the diamond on Tuesday when the Scots travel to Walnut Ridge to take on Williams Baptist in a 3 p.m. doubleheader. They will then return home for a six-game homestand beginning next Saturday (April 6) when they host Columbia College (DH) at 1 p.m.
Park University 11, Lyon College 1 (Game 1)
The Scots finished with five hits, but had trouble stopping the Pirates in the opener, as Park scored four runs in the first, another in the second and six runs in the third to capture an 11-1 decision in five innings.
Lyon leftfielder Kelsey Goodman paced the Scots attack, posting a 2-for-2 contest. Pitcher Laura Mills went 1-for-2, while centerfielder Apple Filat and second baseman Savannah Graham each had 1-for-3 outings.
Five different Pirates had multiple-hit games, led by Kyla Tatum, who was a perfect 3-for-3, with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Jamie Tanno was 2-for-2, recording a double, while driving in two runs and plating twice.
Mills (5-11) was the losing hurler for Lyon College. She went the distance, allowing 10 earned runs (11 total) on 13 hits, while striking out one and walking one.
Kelli Wenberg (6-0) kept her pitching mark perfect on the season as she grabbed the win in the circle. In four frames she gave up four hits, recording three strikeouts.
Lyon scored its run in the fifth inning when Filat singled, stole second, moved to third on a fielder's choice and plated on Howell's ground out to the shortstop.
Park University 8, Lyon College 0 (Game 2)
Pirate pitchers Kaily Purtle and Allie Reynolds combined for a four-hit shutout as Park University completed the sweep with an 8-0 victory in an 8-0 win in Game 2. The two pitchers each gave up two hits.
Haley Seger (0-1) absorbed the loss in the circle for Lyon. She worked 4.2 frames, giving up six earned runs on nine hits, with three walks. Mills came out of the bullpen in the final 2.1 innings, giving up one earned run (2 total) on four hits. She also gave up a walk.
Megan Palmer was a perfect 2-for-2 at the dish for the Pirates, driving in a pair of runs and scoring once. Kyla Tatum went 2-for-3, with a walk and two runs scored.