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MSU Softball Season Comes To Close

Midwestern State had much to overcome in the late innings against Incarnate Word in the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field.

But despite falling behind by six runs, the Mustangs sent the tying run to the plate before falling 6-3 to end the season with a 26-25 record.

UIW (28-23) moves on to face Angelo State - an 11-3 winner in five innings over West Texas A&M in the other semifinal - in the championship game Saturday at 6 p.m.

Lea Padilla keyed a pair of three-run frames for the Cardinals to stake ace Briana Sanchez to an early 6-0 lead.

Padilla laced a two-run double down the left-field line to key a three-run, five-hit rally in the first inning as Ashley Freeman led off with a triple to center field before scoring the first run on Sarah O'Brien's single to left field.

Incarnate Word added three more runs in the third inning on a two-run shot from Padilla for her seventh home run of the season. The Cardinals tacked on a third run on Sarah Holub's double to center field to plate Monica Acuna.

Sanchez (17-10) appeared primed to secure her fourth shutout of the season limiting the Mustangs to three hits and to no more one base runner in any inning through the first six frames.

But MSU's bats awoke in the seventh as Kelley Schaefer and Courtney Ford ripped consecutive singles before Carey Campbell broke up the shutout bid with a two-run single up the middle to pull the Mustangs to within 6-2.

Sophomore catcher Kim Jerrick followed with a double to the left-field gap to plate Campbell and Elena Bennett reached on an infield single to bring the tying run to the plate, but Sanchez got Courtney Bingham to fly out to center field to end the threat.

MSU starter Brenna Hennan (7-11) allowed six runs - all earned - on 10 hits with one strikeout in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss. Lindsi Glenn came on to toss 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief permitting three hits to go along with a pair of strikeouts.

Eight different MSU players accounted for one hit each.

Notables

  • Midwestern State fell to 19-14 all time in Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament play. It was the first time Mustangs had faced Incarnate Word in tourney play.
  • The Mustangs clinched a ninth straight winning campaign with a 9-8 win over Tarleton State in Friday's first round. MSU has never had a losing season since bringing back softball in 2004.
  • MSU averted its third shutout of the season when Carey Campbell laced a two-run single up the middle with two outs in the seventh innings. The Mustangs were shutout 10-0 by Central Oklahoma on Feb. 29 and 5-0 at Angelo State on March 17.
  • Senior third baseman Mallory Mooney closed out an exceptional career at Midwestern State. She leaves as the program's all-time leader in home runs (28) and RBIs (183) and is second in hits (236) and total bases (365). Mooney appeared in 213 games - all starts at third base - and was a Daktronics third-team All-America selection with 15 homers and 80 RBIs as a junior in 2011.
  • Junior outfielder Courtney Bingham set a single-season standard by hitting .437 (73-for-167) this season with a program-high 19 doubles, two triples and four homers while driving in 31 runs. The 73 hits are the sixth most in school history.
  • Sophomore catcher Kim Jerrick set a program single-season record by posting a .669 slugging percentage hitting .389 with 14 doubles, 10 homers and 35 RBIs. She has accounted for more home runs in her first two seasons (21) than any other player in school history.
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