Mustangs Extend Program History's Best Start

WICHITA FALLS, Texas - The streaks just kept on accumulating for No. 13 Midwestern State Saturday afternoon in the Holiday Inn at the Falls/MSU Invitational at Mustangs Park.
The Mustangs extended the best start in program history 20-1 while rolling to their 10th and 11th consecutive wins taking a 4-0 decision over Fort Hays State before routing St. Edward's (Texas) 13-5 in five innings.
MSU closes the tournament with games against Arkansas Tech and Incarnate Word at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively Sunday afternoon at Mustangs Park.
Sophomore outfielder Elena Bennett also set the new program standard by collecting hits in her 17th and 18th straight games while going 4-for-8 with a stolen base Saturday.
The Carrollton Creekview High product is hitting .581 (36-for-62) during the hot stretch while scoring 22 runs and stealing 16 bases.
Bennett got the Mustangs going in the opener against Fort Hays State by legging out a bunt single and stealing second before scoring on sophomore outfielder Courtney Bingham's RBI single through the right side to give MSU a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
As it turned out, that's the entire support senior starter Kristina Gutierrez would need as she spun a four-hitter for her fifth shutout of the season to improve to 8-0. The Pearland native fanned five and issued a pair of walks.
The Mustangs tacked on another run on Alyson Reynolds's run-scoring double to center field, and then Bingham and Kim Jerrick drove in runs in the bottom of the sixth to push the advantage to 4-0.
Sophomore outfielder Megan Chartier paced the Mustangs' 10-hit attack in the opener with three hits while Bingham was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jerrick was also 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The second game of the day didn't start out as well for the Mustangs as St. Edward's took advantage of three MSU errors to tally runs in each of the first four innings off of MSU ace Brittney Tanner.
The Mustangs weren't at all silent in the early going as Mallory Mooney atoned for two errors at the hot corner by roping a two-run double to the right-field gap in the bottom of the first to highlight a two-run frame, but still St. Edward's own a 5-2 advantage going into the bottom of the fourth inning.
That's when Midwestern erupted as eight consecutive Mustangs reached base during a seven-run frame highlighted by McKenzie Sickler's RBI triple to right field, another two-run double by Bingham and a majestic two-run blast to center field by Jerrick.
MSU then closed out the run-rule in the fifth as Bingham's RBI double plated Bennett before Mooney's two-run opposite field poke ended the contest.
Bennett collected three safeties to highlight the Mustangs' 16-hit attack as Duff, Bingham, Mooney, Reynolds and Sickler had two hits each.
Tanner improved to 12-1 while allowing five runs - one earned - on eight hits while posting five strikeouts and one walk.