Tanner Sets Record With 12th Shutout, MSU Blanks Bronchos 5-0
April 18, 2011 at 3:06 AM CDT - Updated June 23 at 8:43 PM
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State's Brittney Tanner dealt her school record 12th shutout of the season as the right-hander weaved her second four-hit shutout of the series to lead No. 2-ranked Mustangs to a 5-0 Lone Star Conference North Division win here Sunday afternoon.
The senior from Burkburnett fanned a season low four batters, but didn't allow a base runner past second base to improve to 25-4 on the season as MSU improved to 41-6 on the season and to 10-2 in the LSC North.
Tanner grasped the mark away from former teammate Katie Petersen, who notched 11 shutouts in 2008. Tanner is now two blankings shy of former Southeastern Oklahoma State standouts Starla Payne and Christina Cearley, who recorded 14 shutouts in 2000 and 2003, respectively.
The Mustangs flexed their power at the plate as senior designated player Amanda Potysman and junior third baseman Mallory Mooney crushed two-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively to provide run support.
MSU took advantage of a UCO error in the third inning to break a scoreless tie as McKenzie Sickler scored from second base when Bronchos' second baseman Brittany Weaver mishandled Mallory Mooney's slow grounder up the middle.
The Mustangs added to the lead in the fourth as Nicki Duff legged out an infield single and stole second to set up Potysman's seventh homer of the year to left field to push the lead to 3-0.
Sophomore outfielder Megan Chartier beat out another infield safety in the fifth before Mooney rode the stiff south wind to her seventh home run to push the lead to 5-0.
Central Oklahoma Racheal Steverson took the loss to fall to 10-11 allowing five runs - four earned - on six hits. She tallied six strikeouts and two walks in 4 2/3 innings before giving way to Amanda McClelland who retired the final four MSU of the contest with two by way of strikeout.
Chartier paced MSU's six-hit attack by going 2-for-4.
Midwestern State takes on East Central (Okla.) in a three-game set this week at Lady Tiger Field in Ada.
The teams play a single game Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. then close the series with a double header Friday with at 3 and 5 p.m.
Central Oklahoma fell to 23-20 and 6-9.
Midwestern State tied a Lone Star Conference record with its 22 team shutouts of the season matching the 2000 Southeastern Oklahoma State squad.
The Mustangs received a little assistance in its bid to remain atop the South Central Region rankings as No. 5 West Texas A&M took down No. 2 Angelo State in two of three games this weekend while No. 3 Emporia State and No. 4 Nebraska-Omaha were unable to take the field at the MIAA Crossover in Kirksville, Mo. due to inclement weather.
Senior Amanda Potysman and junior Mallory Mooney launched Midwestern's 38th and 39th homers of the season. The team is one behind last season's record of 40 round trippers.
Senior pitcher Brittney Tanner's four strikeouts Sunday against Central Oklahoma moved her past Katie Petersen (244 strikeouts in 2010 and 243 strikeouts in 2007) into second place on MSU's single season strikeout list. She needs 26 to pass Brittany Willson, who had 270 Ks in 2006.