The Lincoln Blue Tigers dropped a doubleheader Saturday to the Northeastern State RiverHawks, falling 8-0 and 9-4 in MIAA action at Lincoln Softball Field.
In the opener, Northeastern State scored in each of the first four innings on its way to winning the game by run-rule.
The RiverHawks scored one run in the first, two in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth. Alyssa Crick accounted for the second-inning runs with a two-run home run, one of eight hits by the RiverHawks in the game.
Lincoln had two hits in the game — consecutive two-out singles by Alivia Rymer and Alex Miller with two outs in the second. But a strikeout ended the potential scoring threat.
Maddie Welker took the loss in the circle, working 21/3 innings. She allowed four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Miller pitched the final 22/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits and a walk. She struck out one.
In the second game, Northeastern State scored three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to rally for the 8-4 victory.
Northeastern State opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the second. Lincoln came back with four with two outs in the bottom of the inning.
With one out, Rymer drew a walk before advancing to second on a groundout. Leah Wagner then walked before Leslie Callahan singled to load the bases.
Jordan Lawson then reached on an error to score Rymer. Another error on the play plated Wagner and Callahan and moved Lawson to second. Emily Williams then doubled to score Lawson to make it 4-2.
The RiverHawks regained the lead with three runs in the sixth on two hits, a walk, a hit-batter and a passed ball on a strikeout that allowed a runner to reach.
Northeastern State (19-11 overall, 7-3 MIAA) then scored three insurance runs in the seventh.
Callahan and Williams had two hits each in a six-hit Lincoln attack.
Tressa Hughes took the loss, pitching the first 51/3 innings. She allowed five runs (two earned) on three hits and three walls while recording 11 strikeouts. Ashton Stalling pitched the final 12/3 innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk.
Lincoln (4-21-1, 2-12) will host Missouri S&T in a non-conference doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday.