Carey Campbell's sacrifice fly scored Katelyn Vinson in the eighth inning to
lift Midwestern State to a 5-4 win over St. Edward's Sunday morning in the
Javelina Softball Classic at Hubert Field in Kingsville, Texas.
MSU freshman Laci Belovsky came on for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to improve to 3-2 on the season after the Hilltoppers rallied to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Mustangs jumped out to a lead in the top of the first when Elena Bennett reached on an infield single, stole second then came around to score on Kelley Schaefer's RBI-single to center field.
Senior first baseman Christina Roosmalen blasted her second home run of the weekend for a two-run shot to stretch the lead to 3-0 in the third inning before Kim Jerrick launched her fourth homer of the season to give the Mustangs a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
MSU starter Katherine Batey permitted just five base runners over her first four innings of work, but St. Edward's rallied in the fifth.
Batey hit SEU 9-hole hitter Marisa Bogart with a pitch to lead off of the inning and Cydney Ervin reached on a bunt single. The two advanced to second and third on Kaci Olson sacrifice bunt and Bogart scored on Marissa Thome's RBI groundout to cut the lead to 4-1.
Batey issued a two-out walk to Faith Roberts then Ally Valdez continued the rally with an RBI single up the middle before Brianna Bozon drew a walk to load the bases.
Pinch hitter Kyli Herman greeted Belovsky with a two-run single to center field to tie the game at 4-4.
The teams exchanged scoreless frames over the next two innings, but MSU was able to produce a run under the international tiebreaker rule in the eighth.
Vinson, who was placed on second to begin the inning, advanced to third on Haley Howerton's sacrifice bunt then scored on Campbell's sacrifice fly to left field.
Midwestern State improved to 6-3 on the season while St. Edward's fell to 6-2.
Midwestern State racked up 14 singles en route to an 8-0 run-rule win over Texas
A&M International Sunday morning in the finale of the Javelina Softball
Classic at Hubert Field.
Midwestern, which improved to 7-3 on the season, plays host to the Holiday Inn at the Falls Invitational next weekend at Mustangs Park. MSU takes on Arkansas Tech in its home opener Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. before facing Texas A&M International at 7 p.m.
The Mustangs jumped on TAMIU starter Kyndall Reaves from the outset.
Courtney Bingham, Christina Roosmalen and Katelyn Vinson all delivered RBIs in the opening frame while Elena Bennett stole home for the first of her three thefts for the game as the Mustangs led 4-0 through one inning.
MSU added two more runs in the second as Kim Jerrick scored on a wild pitch and Kelley Schaefer served a two-out single to center field to plate Bingham to push the advantage to 6-0.
Bennett pushed the lead to 7-0 in the fourth when she reached on a leadoff single to left field, stole second and third before scoring on a throwing error by the catcher.
The Mustangs forced the run-rule in the fifth as Chelsey Wall delivered a pinch-hit single down the left-field line to lead off the inning. Jerrick was intentionally walked and Bennett reached on an infield single to load the bases before Bingham cracked a run-scoring single to left field to end the game.
Freshman Laci Belovsky allowed two hits in five innings to notch her first collegiate shutout while improving to 4-2 on the season.
Bennett and Bingham notched three hits to pace the MSU attack while Schaefer and Roosmalen had two hits apiece.
Texas A&M International dropped to 4-5 on the season.