Midwestern State's quest for a ninth consecutive winning season remained intact Friday as Lindsey Glenn allowed just a pair of unearned runs to lead the Mustangs to a 5-2 Lone Star Conference win over Abilene Christian here Friday afternoon.
The freshman from Healdton, Okla. worked a five-hitter and matched a season high with five strikeouts while upping her season mark to 19-8.
MSU, which improved to 24-23 on the season and to 14-11 in league play, can clinch a winning ledger with two more wins over Abilene Christian for a Senior Day twin bill Saturday at Mustangs Park. First pitches are set for noon and 2 p.m.
The Mustangs built a 5-0 lead through the first three innings highlighted by a two-run single by junior first baseman Christina Roosmalen in the first inning while Courtney Bingham and Mallory Mooney drove in runs on a double and a sacrifice fly respectively in the third inning.
Abilene Christian struggled before getting to Glenn with three hits in the fifth inning taking advantage of a Midwestern error to score two unearned runs on a Courtney Flanary single up the middle to pull within 5-2.
But the Mustangs flashed their leather in the sixth making three outstanding defensive plays. Bingham pegged out pinch hitter Kara Stutesman from right field to first base on a liner to begin the frame before second baseman Carey Campbell and third baseman Mallory Mooney speared a pair of line drives to end the inning.
Sophomore catcher Kim Jerrick and junior center fielder Elena Bennett paced MSU's seven-hit attack with two safeties each to pace the Mustangs' offense.
Peyton Mosely allowed five runs - four earned - on six hits in three innings to take the loss and fall to 11-7 on the season while Caitlyn Crain followed with three innings of one-hit relief.
The Midwestern State Mustangs concluded their season Friday evening with a 5-1 loss to Incarnate Word in the men's semifinals of the 2012 Firestone Lone Star Conference Championships at the Southlake Tennis Center.
The 34th ranked Mustangs closed the season at 9-11 overall. The 21st ranked Cardinals improved to 8-7 overall and advance to Saturday's tournament championship match against Abilene Christian at 12:30 p.m.
The Mustangs won the No. 3 doubles point to get on the scoreboard as Luke Joyce and Kacper Boborykin defeated Brandon Davis and Chris Lawson 8-3.
MSU though couldn't collect the other two doubles points as Jarrod Liston and Tomas Grejtak fell to 18th ranked Aiden DeLeon and Carlos Olvera 8-4 at No. 1. Mario Urban and Colby Meeks then fell to David Ballenger and Luke Trautmann 8-3 at No. 2.
In singles action, the Cardinals picked up three wins in singles to pick up the team victory and stop the match.
Joyce lost at No. 1 to Olvera, ranked 50th in the country in singles, 6-4, 6-0.
Meeks dropped the No. 3 point to Leury Arias 6-3, 6-4, as Liston lost at No. 4 to Ballenger 6-2, 6-4.
The other three singles matches went unfinished.