No-Hitter & 10-Run Inning For MSU Softball

SOFTBALL: Belovsky no-hits St. Mary's, MSU rolls 8-0 in 5

Midwestern State had it all clicking Saturday against St. Mary's (Texas) at the Courtyard by Marriott Invitational at Mustangs Park.
The Mustangs put pitching and defense together behind Laci Belovsky's first collegiate no-hitter while still finding time at the plate for an 8-0 run victory in five innings over the Rattlers.
The freshman from Grangerland delivered the fifth no-no in program history while becoming just the third pitcher to perform the feat. Former All-American Katie Petersen notched three career perfect games with one at Southwestern Oklahoma in 2009 and two at home against Western New Mexico and East Central in 2010. Kristina Gutierrez had the other in a 1-0 win in five innings over Eastern New Mexico on Feb. 8, 2011.
Freshman shortstop Shelby Carter leaped high to snare two line drives while senior Elena Bennett ranged to make a pair of sliding catches in center field. Senior second baseman Carey Campbell flagged down a hard-hit line drive and made a great play to her right to nab a well-hit grounder up the middle.
Belovsky permitted three walks and threw 68 pitches while improving to 8-2 on the season.
Midwestern State struck for a run in the first inning when Kelley Schaefer's single to left field plated Bennett for a 1-0.
The Mustangs took advantage of a pair of St. Mary's throwing errors to plate four unearned runs on the way to a seven spot. Schaefer drove in two more runs with a single through the right side while Kim Jerrick and Christina Roosmalen produced single RBIs.
Jerrick's program-best 23-game hitting streak came to an end as she went 0-for-2 with a bases loaded walk.
Freshman designated player Katelyn Vinson extended her hitting streak to five games by going 3-for-3 while senior outfielder Courtney Bingham has recorded a hit in nine consecutive games after going 2-for3 with a run scored.
Haley Howerton and Schaefer added two hits as MSU slugged out 10 safeties for the game.
St. Mary's ace Vainna Gutierrez took the loss to fall to 5-5 on the season. The sophomore right-hander allowed three runs - two earned - on five hits in 3 1/3 innings of work.
Midwestern State closes out tournament play Sunday with games against Oklahoma Panhandle State and Northeastern State (Okla.) at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively.

SOFTBALL: Big start propels Mustangs past Northeastern State 13-5 in 6

Midwestern State erupted for 10 runs in the first inning to call to a 13-5 run-rule in over Northeastern State Saturday afternoon in the Courtyard by Marriott Invitational at Mustangs Park.
The Mustangs relentless attack pounded out eight hits to post double-digit runs in the opening frame with big knocks delivered on a Kelley Schaefer grand slam, a three-run shot by Katelyn Vinson and a three-run triple by Courtney Bingham.
That was all after Northeastern State pounced on MSU starter Kat Batey for three runs in the top of the inning on run-scoring doubles by Megan Robison and Navada Campos while Allyson Pogue tacked on an RBI single.
Batey settled in to allow two more runs on four hits over her final five innings of work to improve to 6-2 on the season, but the RiverHawks weren't so fortunate.
Starter Alex Files took the brunt of the damage in the first as she was unable to retire any of the six batter she faced as all six would score - five earned before Vinson welcomed reliever Cayce Coleman with a three-run homer.
Coleman last two innings allowing four runs on four hits while walking four before giving way to Kyle Cole, who settled in to permit one earned run on two hits over three innings.
Bingham polished off a 5-RBI performance by driving in two more runs on a double to the right-field gap in the fourth inning and senior second baseman Carey Campbell ended the game with her second homer of the season over the left-center fence to lead off the bottom of the sixth.
It was MSU's third consecutive game with at least 10 runs and fifth double-digit outburst of the season.