WICHITA FALLS, Texas - No. 12 Midwestern State showed its dominant form both at the plate and in the circle rolling to wins over Missouri Southern and Drury (Mo.) Sunday afternoon at Mustangs Park.
The Mustangs battered Missouri Southern 13-0 in five innings before senior pitcher Kristina Gutierrez 1-hit Drury in a 5-0 victory as MSU extended its most recent winning streak to six games to improve to 15-1 on the season.
Gutierrez didn't allow a hit until Drury's Brittany Smith lined a single to left field with one out in the top of the seventh as she came within two outs of recorded her second straight no-hitter.
The right-hander from Pearland matched a season-high with 14 strikeouts and didn't walk a batter while improving to 7-0 on the season.
The Mustangs left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings in the finale against Drury starter Caitlin Krebs, who delivered a solid outing allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings to fall to 0-3.
MSU finally took control in the fourth as Amanda Potysman drew a one-out walk before she was lifted for pinch runner Megan Chartier, who was immediately sacrificed to second base.
Elena Bennett then extended to her hitting streak to 13 games with an infield single to move Chartier to third.
The duo then combined on a perfectly executed delayed double steal for the first run of the game.
After Nick Duff drew a walk and stole second, sophomore outfielder Courtney Bingham drilled a two-run single to right field to push the advantage to 3-0.
The Mustangs would add two runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Duff and McKenzie Sickler.
MSU didn't take as long to get the offense started in the opener as Bingham and Potysman each blasted two-run shots in the first two innings before the Mustangs erupted for nine more runs in the third which included a two-run double by Bingham and 2-run and 3-run homers by Mallory Mooney to highlight the frame.
Tanner allowed three hits and struck out seven to improve to 8-1 on the campaign.
Midwestern State travels to Abilene Christian for doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Wells Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
Midwestern State outscored the opposition 36-0 in wins over Texas Woman's, Eastern N.M., Missouri Southern and Drury to claim a title at the MSU Invitational.
Sophomore outfielder Elena Bennett extended her hitting streak to 13 games by going 1-for-3 in MSU's 5-0 win over Drury. It snapped a string of eight consecutive multiple-hit games for Bennett who is now hitting .585 (24-of-41) during the hitting streak scoring 14 runs to go along with 13 stolen bases.
Sophomore outfielder Courtney Bingham extended her hitting streak to nine games with a two-run single against Drury Sunday. The Arlington High product is hitting .500 (15-of-30) during the streak with a double, four triples, a homer and 18 RBIs.
Junior third baseman Mallory Mooney became the first MSU to slug two homers in the same inning connected on a two-run and three-run shot off in third inning of a 13-0 win over Missouri Southern Sunday afternoon at Mustangs Park.
Freshman catcher Kim Jerrick reached base in 11 of her 13 at bats this weekend at the MSU Invitational. The Belle Plaine, Kan. product went 7-for-9 (.778) with four walks and drove in five runs for an .846 on-base percentage.