Lincoln splits softball twinbill with Missouri Baptist

LU's losing streak broken

Lincoln’s losing streak has come to a close.

Junior pitcher Jessica Cook allowed two earned runs in seven innings as the Blue Tigers held off Missouri Baptist 6-4 in Game 2 of a Saturday afternoon softball doubleheader.

Cook yielded 12 hits, struck out six and walked four in the complete-game victory. It was Lincoln’s first win since it opened the season Feb. 9 with a victory at a tournament in Arkansas.

The Blue Tigers managed three hits and committed three errors in a 7-0 loss to the Spartans in Game 1.

Sam Kircher had two hits, while Amanda Coffelt added one to lead Lincoln in the opener.

Alyssa Laudwig allowed seven runs (five earned) on 14 hits, while striking out three and walking one in seven innings in Game 1.

Things went a little smoother in the nightcap, as the Blue Tigers combined for eight hits and were aided by two errors.

Cassidy Janicek had two hits, including a three-run home run in the bottom of the third that gave Lincoln a 3-0 lead.

Missouri Baptist plated two runs in the top of the fifth, but Lincoln answered back when Duren connected with an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the frame. Amanda Coffelt followed with a two-run single to give the Blue Tigers a 6-2 lead entering the top of the sixth.

Missouri Baptist (13-11) scored two runs in the top of the seventh, but Cook struck out three batters in the inning to put the Spartans away.

Cook, Kircher and Allyson Corry all added hits for the Blue Tigers in the nightcap.

Lincoln is now 3-20 on the year and will travel to Fort Hays State for a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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