MSU Softball: Crazy Doubleheader

MSU makes it eight straight, beats Texas A&M-Kingsville in wild 17-13 affair

Midwestern State clubbed its way to an early nine-run lead then hung on for a 17-13 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville in Game 2 Friday at Hubert Field to run its season best winning streak to eight games.

The Mustangs took advantage of eight errors by the Javelinas to push across five runs in the first, four in the second, four in the fourth and two more in the fifth and sixth frames to improve to 22-20 on the season and to 12-10 in LSC play.

The teams wrap up the three-game series with a single game Saturday at Hubert Park. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

MSU set the tone at the plate by scoring five runs with two outs in the top of the first inning highlighted by doubles by Courtney Bingham and Courtney Ford and a two-run homer by Christina Roosmalen.

Kim Jerrick ignited the four-run second with a leadoff homer to left field - her eighth of the season - while Bingham, Nicki Duff and Mallory Mooney drove in runs as the Mustangs pushed their lead to 9-0.

But Texas A&M-Kingsville retaliated with a grand slam by Jaeleen Castro to cut the lead to 9-4 then the Mustangs turned three Javs' miscues into four more runs in the fourth highlighted by run scoring singles by Carey Campbell and Elena Bennett to push the advantage back to 13-4.

MSU increased the lead to 15-5 in the top of the fifth inning on Lisa Licata's RBI double to right field, but the Mustangs were unable to finish off their first shot at a run-rule as TAMUK rallied for a four-spot in the bottom of the inning to pull within 15-9.

The Mustangs pushed across two more runs in the sixth for a second shot at a run-rule with a 17-9 edge but once again Texas A&M-Kingsville pushed across four more tallies - three unearned - to push the game to the limit. But the game ended mercifully as either team was unable to score in the seventh.

The combined run total of 30 was the most in MSU school history as the Mustangs fell two hits and three runs shy of establishing new single game highs while allowing the second most runs (13) and hits (16) in a single game.

Elena Bennett and Mallory Mooney mashed out three safeties each to pace MSU's 18-hit attack while Courtney Bingham, Christina Roosmalen and Carey Campbell had two hits apiece.

Brenna Hennan notched the win for the Mustangs to improve to 4-9 on the season despite allowing nine runs - eight earned - on 12 hits with one walk in five innings of action.

Freshman Lindsi Glenn permitted one earned run on four hits in two frames of relief.

Lauren Denney took the loss for TAMUK to fall to 1-6. She allowed five earned runs on six hits in just over an inning in the circle. Denise Arnold allowed 11 runs - four earned - on 12 hits over the final six innings of the game.

Texas A&M-Kingsville dropped to 17-27 on the season and to 5-17 in league play.

Mooney become MSU's all-time RBI leader as MSU takes Game 1 from Javs 10-7

Mallory Mooney's bases loaded, bases clearing double highlighted a six-run second inning as Midwestern State held on for its seventh straight win 10-7 over Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday night in Game 1 at Hubert Field.

It was the seventh straight win for the Mustangs who improved to 21-20 on the season and to 11-10 in Lone Star Conference play. MSU closes out the three-game series with Texas A&M-Kingsville with a second game Friday night and a single game Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Mooney, a senior from Mesquite, now has 173 career RBIs to become the program's top run producer passing former All-American Kristen Stonecipher who logged 172 RBIs from 2005-08.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the second as seven straight hitters reached after Texas A&M-Kingsville starter Denise Arnold retired the first two batters she faced to open the inning.

Christina Roosmalen and Courtney Ford reached on singles before Carey Campbell loaded the bases on a walk. Kim Jerrick and Elena Bennett drove in runs on an infield single and a hit batsman respectively before Mooney cleared the bases with a double to center field.

Texas A&M-Kingsville cut the lead in half on Yvette Berlanga's three-run homer in the third inning to chase MSU starter Brenna Hennan, who allowed three runs on four hits in three inning with four strikeouts before giving way to Lindsi Glenn.

The Javelinas benefited from a pair of balk calls on illegal pitches in the fourth inning to pull within 6-4.

Glenn was called for four balks in the game with three of them producing runs for TAMUK, but the Mustangs posted singles runs in the fifth and sixth and two more in the seventh to stymie the Javelinas' comeback threat.

Glenn improved to 18-10 on the season while allowing four runs - all earned - on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks in four innings of relief.

Bingham and Roosmalen paced the Mustangs' 14-hit attack with three hits each while Jerrick, Bennett and Kelley Schaefer had two hits apiece.

Denise Arnold took the loss for TAMUK to fall to 7-13 allowing 10 runs - nine earned - on 14 hits with three strikeouts and four walks in the complete game.