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MSU Splits Doubeheader

No. 3 Midwestern State clinched at least a share of the Lone Star Conference North title and will be the division's top seed after claiming a twin bill split against Cameron Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park.

 MSU can clinch an outright North Division title for the fifth time in program history with another win over the Aggies Sunday afternoon. First pitch from Mustangs Park for the regular season finale is set for 1 p.m.
 
The Mustangs are set to open the Lone Star Conference Championship next Thursday at the Durant (Okla.) Multi-Sports Complex against the South No. 4 seed Texas Woman's. The Pioneers earned the right to advance to the postseason by taking two of three from South champ Angelo State this weekend in Denton. First pitch is set for noon.
 
Cameron can clinch the North's final berth with a win or a Southwestern Oklahoma State loss. If CU loses and SWOSU wins then the Bulldogs will earn the right to face Angelo State Thursday also at noon.
 
Game 1:
 
Cameron's Leslie Martini was a one-woman wrecking crew as the sophomore center fielder drilled her 13th homer of the season and drove in four runs to lead the Aggies to a 5-0 win in the opener Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park.
 
CU's Carrie Harvey spun a 3-hitter to notch the first seven inning shutout against MSU at Mustangs Park and just the second blanking of Midwestern in 91 games since its campus opened at the end of the 2007 season. Southeastern Oklahoma State's Jami McAdoo pitched a five inning shutout in a 10-0 loss on April 12, 2008.
 
Martini blasted the first pitch of the second over the center field fence off of Midwestern State starter Brittney Tanner, who fell to 26-6 after yielding a season high four earned runs in the loss.
 
Cameron loaded the bases on a hit batsman and a pair of singles in the third inning before Tanner drilled Martini to force in a run to push the Aggies advantage to 2-0.
 
Once again, Martini hurt the Mustangs in the fifth with a two-run double to the right gap to push the lead to 4-0 and Cameron tacked on another run in the sixth on Cheryl Raesz's soft single to center to plate Amy Erwin who reach on a double down the left-field line. It was Erwin's second hit of the season in her 39th at bat.
 
The Mustangs rallied to lead the bases with two outs in the fifth and sixth innings, but Harvey was worked out of the jam as MSU stranded eight runners in the game.
 
Elena Bennett, Courtney Bingham and Alyson Reynolds accounted for the Mustangs' three hits.
 
Game 2:
 
Mallory Mooney belted her 10th home run of the season and drove in four runs to lift No. 3 Midwestern State to an 8-0 run-rule victory in five innings in Game 2 Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park.
 
With the win, the Mustangs clinched a share of the North Division title and the division's top seed in next week's LSC Championship tournament set for May 5-7 in Durant, Okla.
 
MSU senior Kristina Gutierrez limited the Aggies to one hit - a one-out single by Jessica Orr in the fourth inning - to notch her 11th shutout while improving to 18-2 on the campaign. The Pearland native tallied five strikeouts and one walk.
 
The Mustangs jumped out to a first inning lead after Elena Bennett reach on a single and stole second base to set up Mooney's majestic blast to center field for a 2-0 advantage.
 
Cameron starter Kelsy Hebert worked a pair of scoreless innings, but the Mustangs would send 11 to the plate in the fourth inning and scored six runs all with two outs.
 
Amanda Potysman roped an RBI double to left field, Megan Chartier plated a run on a bunt single, McKenzie Sickler stroked another two-bagger to the left-field gap and Courtney Bingham launched a run-scoring single to left-center field to chase Hebert.
 
Hebert would take the loss to fall to 7-10 while allowing seven runs - all earned - on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, but the inning wasn't over.
 
Bennett worked reliever Anna Hudson for a walk before Mooney laced a two-run single up the middle to push the bulge to 8-0.
 
Bennett and Mooney paced MSU's nine-hit attack with two hits each.
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