Lea Kungle & Gene Wild Softball Fields
Lea Kungle and Shirley "Gene" Wild Fields are the homes of the Missouri Southern softball teams.
After nearly three years of planning, development and construction Wild Field was dedicated in the fall of 1998 in conjunction with the recognition of the Lions' 1998 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship-winning softball squad.
The majority of the facility's construction was donated by Missouri Army National Guard, 203rd Engineer Battalion.
Gene Wild served on the Foundation Board at Missouri Southern for many years. She is an avid supporter of Missouri Southern athletics, and continues to support the college in a variety of ways.
Gene Wild Field has a grass outfield, and the fence is set at 210 feet.
The Lions made Gene Wild Field their home facility in 2000, and defended the facility well, posting a near-perfect 13-1 record that season. In four seasons on Gene Wild Field, Missouri Southern is 77-33. Overall, Missouri Southern now holds a 259-81 record at home.
Lea Kungle Field was completed in the fall of 1985.
Constructed at a cost of $20,000, Lea Kungle Field was dedicated March 20, 1986, as the Lions split a doubleheader against Northwest Missouri State, 1-0 and 1-4.
The longest winning streak on the field is 21 games from April 25, 1990, when the Lions swept Northeastern State University 5-1 and 3-0, to March 11, 1992, when Southern downed Southwest Missouri State University 5-0. The streak included a perfect 16-0 campaign in 1991, one of two perfect seasons the Lions have enjoyed at Lea Kungle (the other coming in the form of a 15-0 record in 1995).
In 1996, expansion of the softball facility at Missouri Southern began. The facility now includes Gene Wild Field, a press box, concession stand, restrooms, and lights. Its fields are used for the Lions' tournaments and Missouri Southern intramural competition.
The vast majority of the expansion work was donated by Missouri Army National Guard, 203rd Engineer Battalion.
Lea Kungle Field was named in honor of the wife of Arthur Kungle, a former Missouri Southern regent from 1964-90, and an avid sports fan. It has a grass outfield with the fence set at 225 feet.
Directions to Missouri Southern State University
From Fayetteville, AR: HWY 71 North - continue north when HWY 71 becomes HWY 249. Continue on HWY 249 to Newman Rd. Go West on Newman Rd. to Duquesne Rd. and the MSSU campus.
From Kansas City: HWY 71 South to Webb City; follow signage - South on Madison Ave. (which becomes Range Line Rd. at Joplin City Limits) to Newman Rd.; East on Newman Rd. approximately 1.5 miles to Missouri Southern campus.
From Springfield: I-44 West, follow signage at Exit 11B; North on HWY 249 to Newman Rd. Go West on Newman Rd. to Duquesne Rd. and the MSSU campus.
From Tulsa, OK: I-44 East to Joplin, exit on Range Line Rd. (exit 8B); north on Range Line Rd. to Newman Rd.; East on Newman Rd. approximately 1.5 miles to Missouri Southern campus.
From Wichita, KS: South on I-35 to HWY 166; East on HWY 166 to Baxter Springs, KS; North on Alt. 69 to Rt. 66; East on Rt. 66 to Joplin (Rt. 66 becomes 7th Street) to Range Line Rd.; north on Range Line Rd. to Newman Rd.; East on Newman Rd. approximately 1.5 miles to Missouri Southern campus. Or HWY 400 (Kellogg in Wichita) to HWY 171 to Madison Ave. in Webb City, Mo.; South on Madison Ave. (which becomes Range Line Rd. in Joplin) to Newman Rd.; East on Newman Rd. approximately 1.5 miles to Missouri Southern campus.