MSU Softball: Split At Texas Woman's

Mustangs return favor to take 5-4 comeback win over TWU

Christina Roosmalen's double to the right-field gap drove in the winning run as Midwestern State turn the tables on Texas Woman's University with a come-from-behind victory of its own taking a 5-4 decision in eight innings in the nightcap at Pioneer Field on Saturday.
The win snapped a four-game skid for the Mustangs who improved to 15-20 on the season and to 5-10 in conference play while sending LSC leading TWU to 29-9 and 11-3. The victory also snapped a nine-game road losing streak dating back to a 9-1 win at Ouachita Baptist on Feb. 6.
Midwestern State returns to Mustangs Park for a three-game set against Tarleton State next weekend with a single game Friday at 3 p.m. and a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.
Texas Woman's jumped out to an early 4-0 lead highlighted by a two-run single by Kendra Sancet in the first while Lizzy Kelly and Bailey Vrazel drove in runs in the second to chase MSU starter Brenna Hennan, who allowed four runs on four hits in two innings of work.
Fellow freshman Lindsi Glenn settled in for her second longest shutout stretch of the season. The left-hander blanked the Pioneer for six frames and permitted just four hits with a season-high five strikeouts to improve to 13-10.
Glenn's showing in the circle allowed the Mustangs to rally for two runs in the fourth as Roosmalen and freshman Lisa Licata tallied RBIs to cut the deficit in half at 4-2.
The Mustangs loaded the bases without benefit of a hit in the seventh as TWU starter Larisa Garcia hit Carey Campbell with a pitched, walked Kim Jerrick and issued an intentional free pass to Courtney Bingham.
Freshman Kelley Schaefer made the Pioneers pay with a two-run single up the middle to send the game to extra innings tied at 4-4.
Senior left fielder Nicki Duff reached on a one-out infield single and stole second before scoring on Roosmalen's ringing double to the right-field gap to seal the victory in the eighth.
Katie Hines suffered just her second defeat of the season for TWU to fall to 14-2. The sophomore right-hander allowed one run on two hits in her lone inning of relief.

Mustangs unable to hold off TWU in Game 2, fall 6-5

Texas Woman's University cashed in an error for three unearned runs in the sixth inning to cap a 6-5 come-from-behind win in Game 1 over Midwestern State in Lone Star Conference play Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Mustangs, who slipped to 14-20 on the season and to 4-10 in league play while TWU improved to 29-8 and 11-2.
The ill-fated from spoiled a great start by the Mustangs who made a favorable response to a lineup shake-up which vaulted sophomore Kim Jerrick to the leadoff spot for the first time in her collegiate career.
The Belle Plaine, Kan. native laced a leadoff single to left field and came around to score on an error to give MSU an early 1-0 lead.
Jerrick then capped a three-run second inning by launching her fifth homer of the season for a two-run shot over the center-field fence after Nicki Duff and Christina Roosmalen had reached on a single and double respectively to lead off the frame to stake the Mustangs to a 4-1 lead.
Texas Woman's narrowed the lead to a single run on a sacrifice fly and a solo homer to left field by Lizzy Kelly in the bottom of the second, but Midwestern starter Brenna Hennan would make the lead stand by limiting the Pioneers to three hits through the first five innings.
The Mustangs added an insurance run on Roosmalen's run-scoring single up the middle to score Kelley Schaefer for a 5-3 lead.
But TWU's Tiffany Weise reached on a dropped pop-up and TWU would load the bases with two outs on a single by Jordan Readicker and a fielder's choice.
The Pioneers pulled within a run on Sarah Wittenburg's sacrifice fly before Kathryn Williams gave TWU its first lead of the game with a two-run single down the right field line.
Hennan took the tough luck loss to fall to 2-9 allowing three runs on five hits in her third complete game of the season.
Katie Hines allowed one run on three hits in four innings of relief to move to 14-1 on the season before Larisa Garcia came on to pitch a scoreless seventh for her seventh save of the season.