MSU Splits Opening Day in Denton

Ft. Hays Edges Mustangs in 7th

Callie Wright's run-scoring single to center field plated Amanda Vaupel with the winning to lift Fort Hays State to a 2-1 win over Midwestern State Friday in the opening game of the 2012 Best Western Premier Spring Fling.
The rally spoiled a solid start from MSU freshman Brenna Hennan, who allowed just a solo homer by Chelsey Rottinghaus, as she limited the Tigers to one run on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk over 4 2/3 innings.
MSU cracked the scoreboard first with an unearned run off of FHSU ace Maddie Holub, who improved to 3-1 on the season allowing an unearned run on five hits with six strikeouts.
Sophomore catcher Kim Jerrick reached on an error, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kelley Schaefer before scoring on a Courtney Ford single.
But Rottinghaus drilled a leadoff homer in the fifth inning to knot the game at 1-1 and Holub would limit the Mustangs to a Jerrick over the final three innings allowing the Tigers to rally in the seventh.
Vaupel's one-out double eluded the glove of MSU center field Elena Bennett, and then Wright drilled a two-out game-winning single to center field.
Lindsi Glenn suffered the loss to fall to 7-4 permitting a run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

Bingham, Midwestern Rip Falcons 9-4

Courtney Bingham matched a career high with four hits as Midwestern State ripped Texas-Permian Basin 9-4 in the Best Western Premier Spring Fling Friday night at North Lakes Park.
The junior from Arlington capped her night with a double down the left-field line and reaching on three straight singles to match her mark set against Southeastern Oklahoma and Missouri Southern earlier this month to up her season average to a cool .511.
The Mustangs, who improved to 9-5 on the season, continue tournament play Saturday with games against Central Missouri at 11:30 a.m. and St. Edward's (Texas) at 4:30 p.m.
MSU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead scoring runs off of a Kim Jerrick sacrifice fly, a Kelley Schaefer double and a Courtney Ford single in the first inning.
The Mustangs added another run in the second when Nicki Duff came plate ward on an RBI-single by Bingham before the Falcons rallied with three runs in the third.
But freshman starter Lindsi Glenn settled in to allow just one unearned the rest of the way to improve to 8-4 on the season while allowing four runs - three earned - on eight hits with three strikeouts and a walk to notch her ninth complete game of the campaign.
The Mustangs salted the game away with an unearned run in the fourth before frosh Lisa Licata and Elena Bennett drove in runs in the fifth inning to push the lead to 7-3.
Senior third baseman Mallory Mooney drove in two more insurance runs with a double to the left-field gap in the seventh.
Bennett added her fourth three-hit game of the season as the Mustangs legged out 17 hits for the second this season. The junior from Carrollton scored two runs, drove in another and stole her 14th base of the season.
Jerrick and Duff had two hits each as MSU upped its team batting average to .368.
Bailie Summers took the loss for UTPB to fall to 0-1 on the season allowing seven runs on 14 hits in four innings, while Anna Hollingsworth led the Falcons' order by going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Former Wichita Falls City View High standout Tomie Ellard was 0-for-2, but recorded two putouts in left field for Texas-Permian Basin.
The Falcons dropped to 2-14.