Midwestern State's Katelyn Vinson pounded out a career-best four hits and drove
in five runs to lead the Mustangs to a 10-3 Lone Star Conference win over
Incarnate Word in Game 1 Friday afternoon at Cardinal Field.
The freshman from Southlake extended her season-long hitting streak to seven games with a single to center field in the second inning before launching her seventh home run of the season with a three-run shot to left in the third. Vinson added two more run-scoring hits with a single in the fourth and a double in the sixth.
Vinson is 14-of-20 (.700) during the streak with 14 RBIs. She has blasted homers in four of the last six games.
Freshman Chelsey Wall gave the Mustangs an early 1-0 lead on a bunt single in the second to plate Christina Roosmalen, who had reached on a one-out single up the middle and went to third on Vinson's single in the second inning.
MSU extended the lead with five runs in the third highlighted by Shelby Carter's two-run single before Vinson drilled her three-run shot to give the Mustangs a 6-0 lead on UIW starter Whitney Waltrip, who allowed six runs -- five earned -- on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Midwestern didn't waste any time getting to Incarnate Word reliever Kandace Patek in the fifth as five consecutive Mustangs reached base with one out as Kelley Schaefer, Roosmalen and Vinson each delivered RBI singles to push the MSU advantage to 9-0.
Meanwhile, Kat Batey took a no-hit bid into the fourth inning before yielding a two-out infield hit to Kim Hanson as Incarnate Word averted the run-rule and extended the game with two runs in the fifth.
Midwestern pushed the advantage back to eight runs when Vinson's fourth double of the season drove in Roosmalen in the sixth, but the Cardinals scratched out another run in the bottom of the frame to force a seventh inning of play.
Batey notched the win to improve to 9-4 on the season allowing three runs - two earned - on six hits in a complete game.
Roosmalen added three hits while Carter had two as the Mustangs churned out 10-or-more hits for the 20th time this season with 14.
Midwestern State improved to 24-10 on the season and 6-5 in LSC play while the Cardinals dipped to 21-13 and 5-6.
Monica Acuna's two-out, three-run homer in the ninth inning provided the
difference for Incarnate Word in a 5-4 win over Midwestern State in Game 2
Friday afternoon at Cardinals Field.
The walk-off blast dimmed the heroics of MSU freshman Katelyn Vinson, who belted two homers off of UIW ace and LSC Preseason Pitcher of the Year Brianna Sanchez. The Southlake Carroll High product finished the series 8-of-9 with a double, four homers and nine RBIs before receiving intentional passes in each of her final two at bats.
Vinson extended her season-best hitting streak to seven games notching at least two hits in each of those games while posting a .727 batting average (16-of-22) with a double, six homers and 16 RBIs during the stretch to raise her season batting average to an LSC leading .500.
She accounted for the first two hits off of Sanchez through her first two at bats - both homers to left field - to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.
Incarnate Word finally broke through against MSU starter Laci Belovsky in the bottom of the fifth as the Cardinals posted their lone earned run of the game on an RBI ground out by Ashley Freeman to cut the Mustangs' lead to 2-1.
UIW's Kim Hanson reached on an infield error with one out in the sixth then came around to tie the game at 2-2 on Alex Yarbrough's triple down the right-field line.
The Mustangs loaded the bases on a pair of walks and an infield single by Chelsey Wall in the ninth before Sanchez walked Carey Campbell and hit Kim Jerrick with a 1-2 offering to force in a pair of runs as MSU led 4-2.
Belovsky, who fell to 15-7 after allowing one earned run on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 8 2/3 innings, permitted a one-out single in the ninth before fanning Alex Zepeda for the second out of the frame in the ninth. But another error gave the Cardinals and Acuna capitalized with her fourth homer of the season to end the game.
Incarnate Word (22-13, 6-6) managed nine unearned runs off of six MSU errors in the series to take two of three games from the Mustangs.
Vinson and Wall had two hits apiece to account for the Mustangs' season-low hit total of four.
Sanchez claimed the win to improve to 13-6 allowing four runs on six hits with six walks and six strikeouts.
Midwestern State (24-11, 6-6) hits the road for three non-conference tilts next week. The Mustangs take on Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) Monday night at 6 p.m. before playing Henderson State (Ark.) in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.
The 27th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs extended their winning streak to four
straight with an 8-1 non-conference win over Arkansas-Fort Smith Friday
afternoon at the Fort Smith Athletic Club.
"We played well, especially coming off an emotional win on Thursday over Cameron," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "We came out with more focus in doubles and played as strong as I've seen as a team."
MSU (10-5) lost only one point to the Lions (7-10), No. 1 doubles, as Kayla Casey and Madeline Schorlemmer were beaten by Taylor Price and Masa Podunavac 8-6.
But the Mustangs other duos kept MSU in the lead with Lauren Pineda and Sarita Adhikary beating Amy Belanger and Whitney Hobson at No. 2 and Taylor Coffman and Fatima Clementino taking Abby Thompson and Allie Wilson at No. 3, both by 8-3 scores.
Then the Mustangs ran off with the singles.
Casey set the tone at No. 3 with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Belanger that took about 30 minutes, while Pineda ripped Madison Carr at No. 4, 6-0, 6-0. Schorlemmer beat Thompson at No. 4 and Clementino beat Hobson at No. 6 with identical 6-2, 6-2 scores.
But Linn was excited about the play at the top of the lineup.
"(Adhikary and Coffman) did a great job in turning their matches. I was very proud," said Linn.
Playing No. 1, Adhikary came from behind 3-6 after the first set to win 6-2, 6-1 over Podunavac.
The Coffman, at No. 2, battled Price to a 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-4 victory. Coffman trailed 3-0 in the third set before coming back to win it.
The Mustangs return to the MSU Tennis Center on Tuesday to host Texas A&M-Kingsville in a Lone Star Conference match. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
The 24th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs had little trouble in dispatching the
Arkansas-Fort Smith Lions 9-0 in non-conference action at the Fort Smith
The Mustangs, 12-5 overall, dropped the Lions of the Heartland Conference to 6-8 on the year after bouncing back from having their five-game win streak snapped. MSU has now won six of its last seven matches.
"The team did a good job focusing today," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "Fort Smith is a tricky team and we came ready to play."
MSU grabbed the lead right away by first sweeping doubles, led by the Mustangs top duo, ninth ranked Luke Joyce and Colby Meeks who ripped UAFS' Chris Ramirez and Jorge Salazar 8-2. Kyle Davidson and Austin Crawford followed suit at No. 2 with an 8-6 win over Clay Sandefur and Matt Tabler, while Tomas Grejtak and Zack Santagate handed Caleb Gunsch and Sean Manning an 8-4 loss at No. 3.
Then Joyce, ranked 44 th nationally, led the clean sweep of the singles handing UAFS' No. 1 Manning a 6-0, 6-2 defeat. Davidson won at No. 2 over Ramirez 6-4, 6-1, as Crawford won at No. 6 against Gunsch 6-3, 6-0 and Kacper Boborykin dropped Tabler 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4.
Only two singles points were extended to three sets, with Meeks beating Salazar 6-1, 5-7, 10-3 at No. 3, and Franko Siljeg downing Sandefur 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5.
"It was a good day all the way around," added Linn.
Midwestern is in action again on Monday when it hosts St. Mary's at noon at the MSU Tennis Center.