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Beiter throws complete game shutout; Griffons roll by Outlaws

WATCH: Chase Beiter (MSSU) throws a complete game shutout, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 10 Monday night – leading the Nevada Griffons to an 8-0 win over the Joplin Outlaws.

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MSSU’s Parish named Division II National Pitcher of the Year

JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri Southern pitcher Zach Parish has been named the Division II National Pitcher of the Year by the NCBWA, and has been named a 1st team All-American.

This award comes after Parish has already earned 1st team All-MIAA honors and been named MIAA Pitcher of the Year – while also being named the Central Region Pitcher of the Year.

Parish became the NCAA Division II all-time leader in strikeouts this season. He finishes his MSSU career with 488 strikeouts and tied his own school single-season record with 136 strikeouts on the season.

RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

The hardware keeps coming in for senior lefthander Zach Parish as the southpaw was named the Division II National Pitcher of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association today.

Already named the Central Region Pitcher of the Year by both the baseball writers and the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association, Parish was also the MIAA Pitcher of the Year this season, as well as a first-team All-MIAA and All-Region selection. Now Parish can add first-team All-American to his resume.

Parish  became the NCAA Division II all-time leader in strikeouts this year as he struck out eight in a win against Rogers State. In his career, Parish now has 488 strikeouts. Parish tied his MSSU single-season record with 136 this year.

This season, Parish leads the MIAA and ranks third nationally in strikeouts. He is second in the MIAA and third nationally in wins, while ranking first in the MIAA and sixth nationally in WHIP. He ranks first in the MIAA and eighth nationally in hits allowed per nine innings, while ranking first in the MIAA and second nationally in ERA and first in the MIAA and third nationally in starts. Currently Parish is the active career leader in all of college baseball (d1, d2, d3) in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts.

Parish was the only player from the MIAA to be named a first-team All-American. Dusty Stroup of Central Missouri was a second-team selection, while Mules’ Erik Webb and Mason Green were third-team picks. Pittsburg State’s Dawson Pomeroy was an honorable mention selection.

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Red Cross/MSSU partnership proved invaluable after the tornado

JOPLIN, Mo. – Ahead of the 2011 tornado, Missouri Southern and the Red Cross formed a partnership, and it proved to be vital when disaster struck.

That partnership designated Missouri Southern as a shelter for people to use following a natural disaster. After the tornado hit, Chris Harmon with the Red Cross says officials quickly took action.

“Wait a minute we got this,” said Harmon recalling the moments after the tornado. “I pulled out of the agreement, I’m looking at the facility and Debbie is like I’m going down there. She was immediately able to open up doors and people were able to show up. That university became the focal point and the reason that response was so successful.”

The agreement between MSSU and the Red Cross has expired but officials say they’re working on another one.

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3-run 7th lifts Lions over UCO in MIAA tournament opener

WATCH: Missouri Southern scores 3 runs in the 7th, beating Central Oklahoma 5-3 in game one of their three-game series to open the MIAA tournament.

Game two of the series will be Saturday at 3 PM at MSSU.

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Parish, Stevenson headline MSSU All-MIAA honorees

JOPLIN, Mo. – Zach Parish is the MIAA Pitcher of the Year.

Again.

Parish earned the honor for the second straight season on Wednesday. Parish became the NCAA Division II all-time strikeout leader this season – with 479 career strikeouts.

His catcher, Tommy Stevenson, has been named the MIAA Freshman of the Year. Stevenson led the MIAA in doubles this season, and is 4th nationally in the category. He his .329 this year with 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 49 RBI.

Ten total MSSU players earned All-MIAA honors, including Troy Gagan – who joins Parish on the All-MIAA 1st team.

RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

Missouri Southern senior lefty Zach Parish has been named the MIAA Pitcher of the Year, while catcher Tommy Stevenson was named the MIAA Freshman of the Year as the league announced its postseason honors today.

Parish and Stevenson were part of ten Lions to earn MIAA honors this season. Parish was joined on the All-MIAA first-team by Troy Gagan, while Stevenson and Jordan Fitzpatrick were second-team selections. Will BausingerJoe Kinder and Henry Kusiak were named third-team picks, while Dexter Swims and Scott Duensing were honorable mention picks.

In addition to the All-MIAA teams, Parish and first-basemen Matt Miller earned Gold Glove honors as the top defensive players at their positions.

Parish earns the top pitching honor in the league for the second season in a row (there were no post season honors in 2020). Parish became the NCAA Division II all-time leader in strikeouts this past week as he struck out eight in a win against Rogers State. In his career, Parish now has 479 strikeouts.

This season, Parish leads the MIAA and ranks third nationally in strikeouts. He is second in the MIAA and third nationally in wins, while ranking first in the MIAA and sixth nationally in WHIP. He ranks first in the MIAA and eighth nationally in hits allowed per nine innings, while ranking first in the MIAA and fourth nationally in ERA and first in the MIAA and third nationally in starts. Currently Parish is the active career leader in all of college baseball (d1, d2, d3) in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts.

Stevenson leads the MIAA and ranks fourth nationally in doubles this season. He is second nationally among freshmen in that category. Stevenson also ranks fourth in the MIAA in home runs, second in RBIs and fifth in total bases. This year, Stevenson is hitting .329 with 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 49 RBIs. The 49 RBIs are third-most in Division II amongst freshmen.

Gagan ranks third in the MIAA and 7th nationally in doubles, while leading the MIAA in hits and ranking seventh in on-base percentage. Gagan ranks sixth in the MIAA in runs and fourth in both slugging and total bases. This year, he leads the Lions with a .394 batting average and has 18 doubles, nine home runs and 35 RBIs.

Fitzpatrick has been a sparkplug for the Lions at the top of the order. This year, Fitzpatrick leads the MIAA and is fourth nationally in doubles, while leading the MIAA and ranking 13th nationally in hits. He is fourth in the league in home runs with four of his 12 this year coming to lead off the game. He is third in the MIAA in RBIs, while ranking second in slugging and total bases. Fitzpatrick is hitting .376 with 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 46 RBIs this year.

Kinder leads the team and ranks third in the MIAA in home runs with 13 this year, while ranking seventh in slugging and ninth in total bases. He is hitting .324 with 35 runs and 32 RBIs. Kusiak ranks fifth in the MIAA in hits, while ranking eighth in home runs and RBIs. He is hitting .343 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs. Bausinger is 6-2 this year with 80 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched. He has one complete-game shutout and opponents are hitting just .253 against the righty.

Duensing leads the MIAA and ranks third nationally in appearances with 21 on the season. He has been the Lions’ workhorse out of the bullpen, finishing the regular season with a 3-3 record and 26 strikeouts. Swims has come on as of late for the Lions. The 2019 MIAA Freshman of the Year, Swims is hitting .298 this season with 14 doubles and 29 RBIs. In his last ten games, Swims is hitting .438 with six doubles and a .537 on-base percentage.

Miller has proved to be one of the best defensive first basemen in the league. The sophomore had a .992 fielding percentage this year with just two errors in 251 chances.

The Lions will open up the 2021 MIAA Baseball Championships this weekend when Southern plays host to Central Oklahoma in a best-of-three series at Warren Turner Field starting on Friday.

The complete All-MIAA list is below.

2021 MIAA Baseball Awards
Player of the Year – Dusty Stroup, Third Base – Central Missouri
Pitcher of the Year – Zach Parish – Missouri Southern
Freshman of the Year – Tommy Stevenson, Catcher – Missouri Southern

Coach of the Year – Jake Hendrick – Northeastern State

2021 All-MIAA Baseball Teams
First-Team
Starting Pitcher – Mason Green – Central Missouri
Starting Pitcher – Zach Parish – Missouri Southern
Starting Pitcher – Nic Swanson – Northeastern State
Relief Pitcher – Evan Rathburn – Central Missouri
Catcher – Cooper Minnick – Emporia State
First Base – Cole Taylor – Central Missouri
Second Base – Blaze Brothers – Northeastern State
Shortstop – Alex Madera – Central Missouri
Third Base – Dusty Stroup – Central Missouri
Outfield – Troy Gagan – Missouri Southern
Outfield – Josh Schumacher – Central Missouri
Outfield – Erik Webb – Central Missouri
Designated Hitter – Brady Michel – Emporia State
Utility – Dawson Pomeroy – Pittsburg State

Second-Team
Starting Pitcher – Luke Anderson – Central Oklahoma
Starting Pitcher – Brock Gilliam – Washburn
Starting Pitcher – David Henderson – Pittsburg State
Relief Pitcher – Chase Plymell – Central Missouri
Catcher – Tommy Stevenson – Missouri Southern
First Base – CD White – Northeastern State
Second Base – Peter Carlson – Northwest Missouri
Shortstop – Kyle Crowl – Central Oklahoma
Third Base – Alex Crouch – Missouri Western
Outfield – Micah Evans – Central Missouri
Outfield – Jordan Fitzpatrick – Missouri Southern
Outfield – Ryan Koval – Pittsburg State
Designated Hitter – Brett Ingram – Washburn
Utility – Devin Beard – Newman

Third-Team
Starting Pitcher – Jake Barton – Emporia State
Starting Pitcher – Will Bausinger – Missouri Southern
Starting Pitcher – Collin Jones – Central Missouri
Relief Pitcher – Dakodah Jones – Northeastern State
Catcher – Garrett Takamatsu – Central Oklahoma
First Base – Connor Quick – Northwest Missouri
Second Base – Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli – Washburn
Second Base – Mason Hartman – Pittsburg State
Shortstop – Joe Kinder – Missouri Southern
Third Base – Henry Kusiak – Missouri Southern

Outfield – Brandon Bradshaw – Rogers State
Outfield – Parker Dunn – Washburn
Outfield – Aaron Gerdes – Pittsburg State
Utility – Blake Carroll – Emporia State
Includes tie in voting

Gold Glove Team
Pitcher – Zach Parish – Missouri Southern
Catcher – Cooper Minnick – Emporia State
First Base – Eric Hinostroza – Washburn
First Base – Matt Miller – Missouri Southern
Second Base – Blaze Brothers – Northeastern State
Shortstop – Alex Madera – Central Missouri
Third Base – Dusty Stroup – Central Missouri
Outfield – Brandon Bradshaw – Rogers State
Outfield – Micah Evans – Central Missouri
Outfield – Aaron Gerdes – Pittsburg State
Outfield – Erik Webb – Central Missouri
Includes ties in voting

Honorable Mentions
Central Missouri: Scott Wolverton – Catcher

Central Oklahoma: Brayden Nelson – Starting Pitcher, Beaux Bonvillain – Relief Pitcher, Phillip Scott – Third Base

Fort Hays State: Jacob Ensz – Relief Pitcher, Grant Schmidt – Outfield, Drake Angeron – Outfield, Jacob Bouzide – Utility

Missouri Southern: Scott Duensing – Relief Pitcher, Dexter Swims – Second Base

Newman: Tyler Push – Outfield, Hayden VanDePol – Outfield

Northeastern State: Seth Key – Starting Pitcher, John Rains – Relief Pitcher, Brayden Rodden – Catcher, Collin Klingensmith – Shortstop, Jaxon Phipps – Third Base, Blake Freeman – Outfield, Reid Fehr – Outfield

Northwest Missouri: Spencer Hanson – Starting Pitcher, Alex Slocum – Relief Pitcher, Ryan Koski – Outfield

Pittsburg State: Peyton Ingalls – Starting Pitcher, Justin Root – Relief Pitcher, Garrett McGowan – First Base, Cruz Aranda – Shortstop

Rogers State: Brett Karalius – Starting Pitcher, Jonathan Soto – Catcher, Prescott Horn – Outfield

Washburn: Zach Philbin – Relief Pitcher, Kros Bay – Catcher, Xavier DeLeon – Shortstop, Zion Bowlin – Third Base, Eric Hinostroza – Utility

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Missouri Southern heads to Edmond, OK aiming for MIAA tournament title

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Southern Lions are just a few days away from playing in the final four of the MIAA softball conference tournament.

The Lions are in the final four after sweeping Missouri Western in two games last weekend. They’ll face Central Missouri on Thursday in Edmond, Oklahoma.

“It feels great. It’s always a great feeling to be winning and we’re in the perfect position to win it all, so I’m just excited,” says senior Makaila Leonhart, “I feel like we go out on the field, we leave it all out there and we do our thing. I think when we do that we’re unbeatable.”

“Our theme for right now is calm and confident. When we get there you know…I don’t know the last time Southern was in this position, but we fully plan on enjoying it being confident while we’re there, and walking in like we own the place.”

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MSSU softball sweeps Missouri Western, advances to MIAA tournament semifinals

WATCH: MSSU scores 7 in the 2nd inning Friday afternoon, beating Missouri Western 7-5 in their MIAA tournament opener.

Leighton Withers would hit a walk-of double in game two to give the Lions a 3-2 win and put them in the MIAA tournament semifinals. The Lions will face the winner of Central Missouri/Washburn series next week.

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MSSU pitcher Zach Parish breaks Division II career strikeout record

WATCH: Missouri Southern pitcher Zach Parish breaks the Division II career strikeouts record on Friday in the team’s 12-6 win over Rogers State.

Parish now has 479 career strikeouts – topping the previous record of 473.

“Everyone kind of stood up and cheered, and then it hit me a little bit,” Parish says of the moment he broke the record, “I was like ‘wow that’s really it right there.’ Records are meant to be broken. Who knows how long mine will stay up there. I’m just enjoying the moment right now.”

“For Zach to be able to do it at home, it’s great. What an accomplishment,” says head coach Bryce Darnell, “It’s something that Zach and all of our guys will remember forever. Awesome accomplishment. Zach is such a hard worker and he’s so deserving of it. It’s great to see.”

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MSSU’s Blackney named MIAA Coach of the Year; Tofpi 1st team All-MIAA

JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri Southern head softball coach Hallie Blackney has been named the MIAA Coach of the Year.

Blackney, who is in her third season as the Lions’ head coach, led MSSU to a 28-13-1 record in the regular season and the #3 seed in the MIAA conference tournament this weekend – after being picked to finish 11th in the MIAA preseason poll.

MSSU SOFTBALL SMASHES OUTSIDE EXPECTATIONS

The Lions’ 28 wins are the most for the team since 2002, and their 19 conference wins this season are the most in program history.

Blackney isn’t the only Lion earning MIAA recognition today. Shortstop Josie Tofpi has been named 1st team All-MIAA, after leading the team with a .410 batting average (#4 in MIAA) and hitting 13 doubles (#4 in MIAA), 3 home runs, 2 triples and driving in 32 runs.

Eight total Missouri Southern players earned All-MIAA recognition, while three from Pittsburg State received All-Conference honors.

1st team All-MIAA

SS Josie Tofpi (MSSU)

2nd team All-MIAA

C Ashlynn Williams (MSSU)

UT/P Kara Amos (MSSU)

All-MIAA honorable mention

P Abby Atkin (MSSU)

2B Makaila Leonhart (MSSU)

OF Yazmin Vargas (MSSU)

OF Adrianna Young (MSSU)

UT Leighton Withers (MSSU)

DP Taylor Lambert (PSU)

1B Kami Zimmerman (PSU)

2B Kaity Kukowski (PSU)

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MSSU softball smashes outside expectations, earns top-3 seed in MIAA tournament

JOPLIN, Mo. – Being picked 11th in the MIAA preseason poll had to motivate the Missouri Southern softball team, right?

“No,” says head coach Hallie Blackney with a laugh, “That would require us caring what other people think about us. We know who we are and we know what we’re capable of. The kids have always known we were voted 11th, but we also knew that was based off our team two years ago, and our roster was brand new. Nobody knew what Missouri Southern was going to be.”

Missouri Southern has earned a top-3 seed in the MIAA postseason tournament, finishing the regular season with a 28-13-1 overall record. The Lions are now guaranteed a home series to begin the league’s postseason tournament.

“It feels great. Home field advantage is huge,” Blackney says, “We love when our fans are here. Our field is the biggest in the conference. That’s a big advantage for us, because we know how to play on it. We’re really excited to host.”

Not only has MSSU earned a home series to begin the postseason – but they also head into the tournament playing their best softball of the season.

The Lions finished the regular season over the weekend with double-header sweeps over Northwest Missouri State and Missouri Western – pushing their winning streak to 8 games.

“We had a challenging preseason schedule, and that was on purpose,” Blackney says, “We have great leaders on this team, and it’s a player-led squad. We’re excited to be rolling right now. There’s talent 1-17 on this roster. It was up to me not to screw it up. We have utility kids, we have speed, we have power. This is the best pitching in the circle that we’ve had.”

It’s a quick turnaround for the program under Blackney.

The Lions were 19-25 overall in her first year with the team in 2019. Last season, the Lions were 11-9 before COVID-19 ended the season.

Now, they’re one of the best teams in the conference – and Blackney has put together a strong resume to be the MIAA Coach of the Year.

“I respect the coaches in this conference a lot, so if that we’re to happen, that would be great,” Blackney says, “That wouldn’t be a reflection on me, that would be a reflection of the people in this program. I’m super proud of the leadership that we have and the trust we have. That would speak volumes to this program, not just me.”

Missouri Southern will likely be the #3 seed in the MIAA conference tournament. They move up to the #2 seed if Washburn is able to sweep a double-header from Central Missouri Monday afternoon.

Blackney says she doesn’t care if her team ends up as the #2 seed or the #3 seed – she knows her team has put in the work, and will be ready for whoever comes to Joplin this weekend.

“We’ve earned it. We’ve worked hard,” Blackney finishes, “What the media and the fans see is only what we do during games. But they don’t see what the kids have to do for COVID testing. They don’t see the classes that they’re in, getting the 3.5 team GPA that we have. They don’t see all the things they have to do. I’m really proud of them for being resilient people this entire year.”