MSU Softball Salvages Split Against Texas Woman's

No. 2 Midwestern State salvaged a twin-bill split Tuesday afternoon taking the nightcap against Texas Woman's University 7-4 at Pioneer Field.

After falling behind 2-0, the Mustangs rallied for a run in the third inning on a McKenzie Sickler steal of home.

Sicker, who finished 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate, continued to be in the mix when she followed Nicki Duff's run-scoring double with an RBI single to right center to give the Mustangs a 3-2 lead.

Midwestern tacked on three runs on another steal of home - by Mallory Mooney, a Kim Jerrick sacrifice fly and an unearned run to push the lead to 6-2 through five innings.

The Mustangs added a final run in the seventh inning after Elena Bennett led off with a double through the infield and scored on Alyson Reynolds' infield single.

Gutierrez improved to 16-1, allowing four runs - three earned - on eight hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.

But, for the third consecutive game, the Mustangs faced a deficit in the first inning.

TWU leadoff hitter Bailey Vrazel was credited with a double after MSU left fielder Courtney Bingham let the ball deflect off of her right leg allowing the speedster to reach second.

Vrazel stole third for her 56th theft of the season but was caught stealing for the first time this season after being credited with an infield single on what was a clear fielding miscue by the MSU second baseman.

TWU's Tiffany Weise drew a one-out walk and stole second before Jordan Readicker drilled an RBI single and advanced to second on an error allowing both runs to score to give the Pioneers the early lead.

The Pioneers scored two more runs in the seventh inning to close the margin to three before Gutierrez fanned Katie Hines to end the game.

The Mustangs improved to 39-5 on the season, while TWU slipped to 24-19.

TWU rallies past Mustangs in Game 1, 3-2

Jordan Readicker's cue shot single to center field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning drove in Bailey Vrazel with the winning run as Texas Woman's University derailed No. 2 Midwestern State in Game 1 Tuesday afternoon at Pioneer Field.

The loss snapped a modest three-game winning streak as the Mustangs fell to 38-5, while TWU improved to 24-18.

The three runs matched the most runs surrendered in a starter by Brittney Tanner, who fell to 23-4 on the season.

Texas Woman's jumped on Tanner for two runs in the first inning as she hit Kayla Williams with a pitch before Tiffany Wiese blistered a 1-0 offering over the left-field fence to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead.

The Mustangs struck first as Megan Chartier placed a one-out double down the left-field line then scored when Mallory Mooney's two-bagger found the left-field gap in the top of the first.

MSU tied the game in the top of the second when McKenzie Sickler's single up the middle drove in Nicki Duff, who reached on a leadoff single to knot the game at 2-2.

Tanner settled in to allow just four hits while posting nine strikeouts and two walks.

Texas Woman's loaded the bases in the sixth inning on a walk, a hit batsman and a soft single to center field before Readicker delivered the game winning hit.

Williams earned the win for TWU to improve to 9-5 on the season. She allowed two earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

Chartier, Gutierrez Earn LSC North Awards

Midwestern State's Megan Chartier and Kristina Gutierrez garnered Lone Star Conference North Division Player of the Week honors earlier Tuesday when the league announced its weekly awards.

Chartier gained top hitter honors after matching an LSC single-game record and set a school standard by going 5-for-5 in the Mustangs' 7-2 win Friday at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

The sophomore from Gatesville legged out two more hits in each of MSU's victories on Saturday to close the weekend series with a .750 batting average going 9-for-12 at the dish scoring three runs and stealing two bases.

Chartier stands second in the LSC North during divisional play amongst players with 2.5 plate appearances per game with a .591 batting average.

Gutierrez was named co-pitcher of the week sharing the honor with Southeastern Oklahoma's Audra Rhudy.

Gutierrez notched her NCAA Division II leading 10th shutout of the season while leading No. 2-ranked MSU to a 7-0 win over Southwestern Oklahoma Saturday afternoon in Weatherford.

The senior from Pearland improved to 15-1 by weaving a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts.

Gutierrez has now held the opposition to three hits or less in 10 of her 19 starts this season.

She is 3-0 with a 0.35 ERA while allowing one run on 10 hits in 20 innings during LSC North Division play with 33 strikeouts and one walk.

Midwestern State plays host to Central Oklahoma in an LSC North Division series this weekend at Mustangs Park. The teams play a single game Friday at 3 p.m. before finishing the set with a doubleheader beginning Saturday at 1 p.m.