MSU Softball Rallies Past East Central 7-4

Eight consecutive hitters reached base as No. 3-ranked Midwestern State racked up six runs in the fourth inning to score a 7-4 Lone Star Conference North Division win Thursday afternoon at Lady Tiger Field.

The Mustangs improved to 42-6 on the season and to 11-2 in the Lone Star Conference North Division.

But MSU and ace Brittney Tanner didn't get off to the best of starts.

East Central loaded up the bases on a hit batsman, a single and a walk before Desiree' Nordie connected on a grand slam to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

The runs were the most yielded by Tanner this season, but the senior right hander settled in to close the game with six shutout innings while matching a season high with 14 strikeouts to improve to 26-4.

The Mustangs started the comeback in the second inning as Amanda Potysman drove in the first of her three RBIs in the game to plate Kim Jerrick, who had reached on a single to left field and advanced to second on one of ECU pitcher Wanda Malone's numerous illegal pitches.

Midwestern continued on the comeback trail in the fourth inning as Mallory Mooney reached on a walk induced by another illegal pitch then Jerrick reached on a error, before Alyson Reynolds drew a walk to load the bases.

Tanner was credited with a sacrifice bunt and an RBI when she reached on an error by the shortstop to pull MSU within 4-2 before Potysman laced a two-run double to the left-field gap to tie the game.

The Mustangs tacked on three more runs while sending 12 hitters to the plate, scoring six runs on four hits while taking advantage of two ECU errors in the deciding frame.

Malone took the loss to fall to 18-6 allowing seven runs - three earned - on five hits with one strikeout and three walks in three innings of work. Randee Crockett pitched the final four innings allowing three hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

Potysman joined Elena Bennett and McKenzie Sickler with two hits each to pace MSU's eight-hit attack.

The Mustangs and Lady Tigers close the series with a doubleheader Friday afternoon in Ada. First pitch is set for 1 and 3 p.m.