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#3 UCO Rallies Past Mustangs in Game 1, 8-6

No. 3 Central Oklahoma rallied for four runs in the sixth and seventh innings and claimed an 8-6 win on Brittany Weaver's two-run walk-off blast Wednesday afternoon at Broncho Softball Field.
The comeback spoiled a solid start by MSU freshman Brenna Hennan, who had limited NCAA Division II's leader in runs and home runs to just a pair of second inning singles through the first five innings.
The Mustangs had wasted little time in establishing a lead as junior first baseman Christian Roosmalen jumped started the team with a solo homer to left field in the second inning. It was the first of a season-high four hits for the transfer from Southern Mississippi.
Roosmalen continued her onslaught in the fourth inning by keying a three-run frame with a two-run double to the left-field gap as the Mustangs led 4-0.
Hennan retired nine of 10 batters after working her way out of a one-out bases loaded jam in the second inning as she got Hannah Justice to roll into a fielder's choice before Devyn Frazier popped up to end UCO's lone three through the first five innings.
The Bronchos broke through in the sixth inning as Kayce Raines drew a leadoff walk and Nathalie Timmermans single through the left side before Kacie Edwards drilled the first pitch she saw over the center field fence to narrow the lead to 4-3. UCO would tie the game later in the sixth on a Frazier's sacrifice fly to center field.
The Mustangs answered the rally in the seventh as Elena Bennett reached on a leadoff infield single before Mallory Mooney delivered her second homer of the season down the left-field line to stake MSU to a 6-4 lead.
It wasn't enough as four consecutive Central Oklahoma batters reached in the bottom of the seventh after Hennan got Raines to pop out to third to start the inning.
Timmermans singled to right field and scored on Edwards' triple to the right-field gap. Megan Whitmire tied the game at 6-6 on single through the right side before Weaver belted her fifth homer of the season to left field to end the game.
The win was the 33rd consecutive for UCO which improved to 35-3 on the season. The Mustangs slipped to 23-22.

UCO Doubles Up MSU in Game 2, 8-4

Kacie Edwards and Megan Whitmire combined for six hits and drove in seven runs to lift No. 3 Central Oklahoma to an 8-4 win over Midwestern State in Game 2 Wednesday afternoon at Broncho Field.
The win extended UCO's national best winning streak to 34 games as the Bronchos moved to 36-3 on the season, while MSU slipped to 23-23.
The Mustangs close the regular season with three-game Lone Star Conference series against Abilene Christian Friday and Saturday at home. First pitch for Friday's single game is set for 4 p.m. while Saturday's twin bill begins at noon.
Central Oklahoma jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first as Edwards laced an RBI single down the right-field line before Whitmire drilled a three-run homer to cap the inning.
Edwards pushed the UCO advantage to 5-0 with another run-scoring single in the second inning before connecting a two-run blast to give the Bronchos a 7-0 lead in the fourth.
The Mustangs broke up Amanda McClelland's shutout bid with a single run on Carey Campbell's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning before Christina Roosmalen connected for her sixth home run of the season - a two-run shot in the sixth inning to pull MSU within 8-3.
Senior third baseman Mallory Mooney drove in the Mustangs' fourth run of the game in the seventh inning.
Freshman pitcher Lindsi Glenn suffered the loss to fall to 18-12 allowing four runs on three hits with two walks, but last just one inning in her 25th start of the season.
Brenna Hennan came on to allow four runs on 10 hits in five inning of relief.
McClelland improved to 17-1 on the season allowing four runs on six hits in six innings of work.
Mooney and Courtney Bingham paced MSU's eight-hit attack with two hits each.