MSU Bats Heat Up

No. 20 Midwestern State pounded out 16 hits to drill Missouri Southern 13-5 in five innings in the finale of the Holiday Inn at the Falls Invitational Sunday afternoon at Mustangs Park.

MSU was also slated to play Arkansas Tech, but was unable to get the game before nightfall due to slow play in the first two games of the day.

Abilene Christian scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win on Erin Gilliland's three-run walk-off homer before Missouri Southern outlasted Arkansas Tech 12-6 in a game that ran 2 1/2 hours.

The Mustangs (7-4) wasted no time jumping on Missouri Southern starter Kayce Moore, who managed just one out while allowing six earned runs on five hits while walking three.

Junior Courtney Bingham led off with a double to the left-field to ignite the inning which was highlighted by a run-scoring single by Kim Jerrick and a three-run blast by Kelley Schaefer to give the Mustangs the early 6-0 lead.

Missouri Southern struck back for a pair of unearned runs in the second before chasing MSU starter Brenna Hennan in the third. Hennan struggled with her command as the freshman right-hander permitted six walks in 2 1/3 innings and left the bases for reliever Lindsi Glenn in the third.

Glenn walked in a run and allowed a second to score on an illegal pitch before Brooklyn Farrell lined a run-scoring double to center field to pull the Lions within 6-5.

But Glenn regained her composure to allow just one more hit - a bad hop over the shortstop's head in the fifth - over the next two innings to claim the win and improve to 6-3 on the season. The freshman from Healdton allowed two hits while striking out three and walking one.

The Mustangs regained command with a five-run third inning which featured an RBI double by Bingham and run-scoring singles by Elena Bennett and Mallory Mooney.

Mooney drove in another run on a single in the fourth and Kim Jerrick added a sacrifice fly to plate Bingham to give the Mustangs an eight-run cushion.

Bingham paced the Mustangs by going 4-for-4 with three runs scored while driving in two more, while Mooney finished the game 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Bennett was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and stole her ninth base of the season.

Midwestern State returns to action Friday at the Best Western Spring Fling in Denton. The Mustangs play Fort Hays State at noon and Texas-Permian Basin at 6:45 p.m.

Missouri Southern fell to 1-5 on the season.