#12 Mustangs Roll in Day 1 of MSU Invitational

No. 12 Midwestern State blistered the ball for 27 hits and continued its pitching dominance with a pair of run-rule wins, taking an 8-0 decision over Texas Woman's University before rolling Eastern New Mexico 10-0 Friday afternoon at Mustangs Park.

Kristina Gutierrez overmatched ENMU to deliver the first no-hitter of the season for the Mustangs as the right-hander plowed through the Zia lineup for 14 strikeouts, allowing only a pair of walks to improve to 6-0.

Eastern New Mexico's Paige Colburn's fly out to left field to end the third was the only assistance Gutierrez required to put down ENMU, which fell to 0-6.

Brittney Tanner was just as impressive in the opener as she blew away 10 TWU Pioneers, allowing just three hits and walking one to up her season record to 7-1.

The senior from Burkburnett has now fanned at least 10 batters in her last four games.

The Mustangs took advantage of pitching woes of TWU starter Kaylee Davis, who was charged with numerous illegal pitches leading to four balk calls which allowed the Mustangs to plate a run in the first inning.

Lindsey Fallen, who allowed seven runs - four earned - on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings, came on in relief of Davis in the first inning and worked her way out of a one-out, two-on jam, but MSU kept the pressure on.

Lone Star Conference RBI leader Courtney Bingham drilled a two-run single to left field and Kim Jerrick followed with a run-scoring single to plate a third run in the second inning.

MSU kept rolling in the third inning as McKenzie Sickler hit an RBI triple to right field then came into score on an infield single by Elena Bennett.

The Mustangs tacked on runs in the fourth and fifth inning on the strength of an Alyson Reynolds run-scoring double and a Nicki Duff RBI infield single.

Bennett and Jerrick joined Brittney Tanner with two hits each to lead MSU's 11-hit attack.

Midwestern buried the Eastern New Mexico starter Erin Roufousse with 10 runs - all earned - on 14 hits in the opening two innings in the second game.

Jerrick, who pounded out three hits against the Zias, keyed a three-run first inning with a two-run single up the gut before MSU poured it on the second inning.

Duff drilled a run scoring triple over a drawn-in outfield then scored on Jerrick's second single of the game before Reynolds and Carey Campbell chipped in back-to-back RBI singles.

Senior shortstop Amanda Potysman then capped the scoring with a soaring three-run homer over the left-center field fence.

Duff and Jerrick finished with three hits each while Bennett, Campbell and Potysman totaled two each.

Midwestern State (13-1) closes the tournament with games against Missouri Southern and Drury (Mo.) Sunday at Mustangs Park. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

There will be four games Saturday at Mustangs Park including Eastern New Mexico against Missouri Southern at 9 a.m., Drury versus Eastern New Mexico at 11 a.m., Texas Woman's against Missouri Southern at 1 p.m. and Drury versus Texas Woman's at 3 p.m.