Mustangs Rally Past A&M-International 11-3

Midwestern State spotted Texas A&M International three runs Thursday afternoon before burying the Dustdevils 11-3 in five innings at Mustangs Park.

MSU improved to 8-4 on the season on the strength of its fourth run-rule win of the year, while Texas A&M International slipped to 4-15.

The Mustangs open the 2012 Best Western Premier Spring Fling with games against Fort Hays State (Kan.) and Texas-Permian Basin Friday at noon and 6:45 p.m. in Denton.

MSU battles Central Missouri and St. Edward's (Texas) Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. before closing tournament play with Pittsburg State (Kan.) Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Junior Elena Bennett paced the Mustangs' 14-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with three runs while stealing her 10th and 11th bases of the season. She has now reached base in each of MSU's 12 games this season.

Texas A&M International surged to an early three-run lead on the strength of a solo shot by leadoff hitter Rochelle Nash and a two-run blast by Regina Morales to give the Dustdevils a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.

But the Mustangs kept the offensive pressure on by scoring three runs in the first, two runs in the second and third and four more in the fourth to put the game away.

Senior third baseman Mallory Mooney extended her hitting streak to 12 games with a two-run single up the middle in the second and added another single in the fourth to raise her team-leading season average to .561 with 16 RBIs.

Junior first baseman Christina Roosmalen roped a two-run shot against a stiff north wind over the left fence in the third inning while freshman shortstop Kelley Schaefer had a two-run single up the middle as part of MSU's four-run fourth.

Junior second baseman Carey Campbell also extended her hitting streak to eight games with a single to left field in the second then nabbed her first stolen base of the season.

Freshman pitcher Lindsi Glenn settled in to allow just three hits after her ragged start to improve to 7-3 on the season. The Healdton native allowed three runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in the complete game victory.

Sarah Johnson took the loss for Texas A&M International to fall to 2-3 on the season. She permitted 11 runs - seven earned - on 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings of work.