JOPLIN, Mo. — With a 4-1 victory in the nightcap Saturday against Missouri Southern State University, the Fort Hays State University softball team snapped a three-game losing streak.

The win came after a 2-1, nine-inning, loss in the opener to the Lions day after being swept by Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg.

With the win to cap a two-day MIAA road swing, FHSU is 9-12 overall and 3-5 in MIAA play.

FHSU put up a four-run fourth to capture the victory. Riley Krier, Mackenzie Villarreal, Courtney Dobson and Samantha Villarreal each drove in runs in the inning, helping Carrie Clarke (3-5) pick up the complete-game victory. In Saturday’s opener, Missouri Southern got a single in the ninth after loading the bases against Paxton Duran (6-7), who took the loss in the complete game for FHSU. That came after the Lions tied the game in the sixth on an RBI single. Tori Beltz drove in the Tigers’ lone run with a single in the third.

Friday, FHSU was swept by Pitt State, 1-0 and 7-1, suffering a no-hitter in the opener. Then in the nightcap, the Gorillas put up five runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Pitt State moved to 15-6 and 4-0 in the MIAA with the sweep.

FHSU is in non-conference action Tuesday and Wednesday with doubleheaders at Metropolitan State College of Denver and Colorado School of Mines, respectively.

Saturday

Game 1

Missouri Southern 2

Fort Hays 1

(9 innings)

Fort Hays (8-12, 2-5) 001 000 000 — 1 5 0

MSSU (11-13, 1-2) 000 001 001 — 2 9 2

Duran and Elmore; Lutz and Badalementi. W — Lutz (6-6). L — Duran (6-7). 2B — Dobson, FHSU; Corbett, MSSU.

Game 2

Fort Hays 4

Missouri Southern 1

Fort Hays (9-12, 3-5) 000 400 0 — 4 7 0

MSSU (11-14, 1-3) 000 000 1 — 1 4 1

Clarke and Elmore; Hodson, Lutz (5) and Badalamenti. W — Clarke (3-5). L — Hodson (3-5). 2B — S. Villarreal, FHSU; Fry, MSSU.

Friday

Game 1

Pittsburg State 1, Fort Hays 0

Fort Hays 000 010 0 — 0 0 0

Pitt State 000 010 x — 1 3 1

Duran and Elmore; Robertson and Nease. W — Robertson. L — Duran. HR — Bolton, Pitt State.

Game 2

Pittsburg State 7, Fort Hays 1

Fort Hays (8-11, 2-4) 000 010 0 — 1 7 2

Pitt State (15-6, 4-0) 101 005 x — 7 11 0

Clarke, Duran (6) and Elmore; Myers and Nease. W — Myers (5-4). L — Clarke (2-5). 2B — Remy, Bolton, Pitt State