Big Wins For MSU Softball

Midwestern State walked off with two wins over the previously Lone Star Conference leading Tarleton State TexAnns to complete a weekend sweep by scores of 7-6 and 6-5 Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park.

The Mustangs extended their second longest winning streak to four games while improving to 18-20 on the season and moving into a tie for sixth place with a league mark of 8-10.

Tarleton State dropped to 28-13 and to 13-5 in LSC play two games behind new league leader Angelo State.


Courtney Bingham crushed her first collegiate grand slam to spearhead Midwestern State's comeback before Kim Jerrick scrambled home for the winning run in the seventh inning of a 7-6 victory over Tarleton State Saturday in Game 1.

The Mustangs overcame a 3-for-4, two-homer performance by TSU's Samantha Swanda and a 4-2 fifth inning deficit by scoring all but one of their runs with two outs.

Junior first baseman Christina Roosmalen started the fifth inning rally with a solid leadoff single to right field and Courtney Ford drew a walk off of Tarleton starter Randi Fentress.

Carey Campbell followed with a well executed sacrifice bunt and Kim Jerrick was intentionally walked before Elena Bennett's bases loaded line drive appeared destined to right field but clipped Jerrick off of first base. Bingham followed with her fourth homer of the season over the center field fence to give to give MSU a 6-4 lead.

Tarleton State tied the game again on Swanda's second homer of the game - a two-run shot to left field in the sixth inning.

Jerrick delivered the winning run after working TSU reliever Kirby Crow for a leadoff walk in the second, advancing to second on Bennett's infield single and scoring when Crow committed a throwing error on Bingham's grounder up the middle to end the game.

The top of the combined for six of MSU's eight hits as Jerrick, Bennett and Bingham had two hits each.

Lindsi Glenn (15-10) allowed two runs on two hits in two relief innings to earn the win while starter Brenna Hennan allowed four runs - three earned - on eight hits in five innings.

Crow took the loss to fall to 0-4 for the TexAnns.


Kelley Schaefer's RBI triple scored Megan Chartier from first base to cap a thrilling 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Tarleton State as MSU completed a weekend sweep of the TexAnns Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park.

The ending certainly didn't match the beginning as Tarleton State batted around and scored four runs on four hits in the top of the first inning.

But MSU starter Lindsi Glenn permitted just two additional hits over the final six innings to improve to 16-10 on the season. The frosh southpaw from Healdton, Okla. allowed five runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk in the Game 2 victory.

The Mustangs finally cracked the board when Mallory Mooney scored on an errant throw from the outfield in the fourth inning and Carey Campbell's seeing-eye popup found turf in center field to drive in two more runs to narrow margin to 4-3.

Tarleton State starting pitcher Samantha Swanda continued to be a thorn in MSU's side by launching her third homer of the day in the top of the fifth inning as the TexAnns re-established a two-run advantage.

Schaefer, who notched a career-high four hits, cut the lead in half with a run-scoring single up the middle in the fifth inning and was at it again when the Mustangs cashed in for the second consecutive game in their final at bat.

Sophomore catcher Kim Jerrick's line drive homer to lead off the seventh inning against a stiff wind tied the game before Mooney reached on a single through the left side before giving way to Chartier, who came on to pinch run.

Schaefer drilled Swanda's next pitch into the right-field gap for the game winner.

Swanda took the loss to fall to 15-5 allowing six runs - five earned - on 11 hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.