EMPORIA, Kan. — The Lincoln softball team won its third MIAA game of the season, defeating the Emporia State Hornets 10-5 in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader.
Alivia Rymer hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning, then Lincoln scored five times in the third to build its lead to 6-0. Rymer added a two-run single in that inning and finished the game 3-for-4 with five RBI.
The Blue Tigers put the game out of reach with a four-run sixth inning, getting RBI hits from Jordan Hollon, Rymer and Leah Wagner.
Wagner and Jacqueline Marquez each had a single and a double, while Emily Williams finished with two singles.
Lincoln used three pitchers in the win. Ashton Stalling was credited with the win in relief, throwing four scoreless innings and scattering four hits while walking two.
Maddie Welker gave up three runs on two hits in three innings as the starter, while Shannon Greene allowed two runs on three hits in the seventh.
Emporia State won the opener 8-4, scoring five runs in the third.
Lincoln led 3-0 after the top of the second inning. Williams hit a two-run double in the first, while Leslie Callahan had an RBI single in the second.
Emporia State answered with seven straight runs to take a 7-3 lead.
Hollon scored on an error in the sixth for Lincoln's final run.
Williams led the offense by going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
Tressa Hughes took the loss in the circle. In four innings, she allowed seven runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out two. Stalling pitched the next two innings, giving up one run on three hits.
Roni Raines hit a two-run home run for Emporia State (15-17, 5-9 MIAA).
Lincoln (6-23-1, 3-13 MIAA) continues conference play Tuesday with a doubleheader at Northwest Missouri. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The Blue Tigers have 10 MIAA games remaining, needing one more win for their most conference wins since the 2013 season.