Midwestern State's Katelyn Vinson homered in her fourth consecutive game and the
Mustangs rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to secure a 4-2
non-conference victory over Ouachita Baptist Monday afternoon at Sully Anderson
Vinson, a freshman from Southlake, connected for her 10th long ball of the season to lead off the second inning to extend her current collegiate best hitting streak to eight games.
The bomb gave MSU a 2-0 lead after Kim Jerrick plated an unearned run on an errant throw in the first inning after drawing a leadoff walk as the Mustangs loaded the bases with no outs. But Ouachita Baptist's Abbi Frakes fanned Kelley Schaefer, Shelby Carter and Christina Roosmalen swinging to end the threat.
Frakes notched 11 strikeouts - a season high against Midwestern - and held the Mustangs to just four hits through the first six innings of play.
Meanwhile, MSU starter Kat Batey coasted through the first five innings retiring 15 of the first 17 batters she faced allowing a lone single to Kailey Madden to leadoff the fifth inning.
But Parrish Reed led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double to the left-field gap, advanced to third on an illegal pitch and snapped the shutout by scoring on Jocelyn Jones' bunt single to pull OBU within 2-1.
Ouachita Baptist's Nici Starkey stole second and third and tied the game by coming plate ward on a throwing error after pinching for Jones to knot the game at 2-2.
But the Mustangs quickly loaded the bases as Chelsey Wall and Jerrick sandwiched singles around a pinch-hit walk by Laci Belovsky before Haley Howerton drew a bases loaded pass to force in the go-ahead. Senior outfielder Courtney Bingham added a sacrifice fly to center field to give MSU a 4-2 advantage.
Batey worked around an infield single in the seventh to improve to 10-4 in the circle. She allowed one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
Vinson finished the game by going 2-for-3 at the dish adding a double in the fourth inning to notch her eighth consecutive multi-hit game. She is hitting an impressive .720 (15-for-25) with two doubles, seven homers and 15 RBIs during the tear to raise her season batting average to an LSC-best .506. Vinson is just the second freshman to hit 10 homers in a season joining Jerrick, who had 11 in 2011.
Howerton added pair of singles for the Mustangs, who improved to 25-11 on the season.
Midwestern takes on Henderson State (Ark.) in a twin bill Tuesday afternoon at Dee White Field in Arkadelphia. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
The No. 24 Midwestern State Mustangs picked up their second straight win and
seventh in the last eight matches as they dispatched No. 44 St. Mary's 7-2
Monday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.
The Mustangs rolled to 13-5 overall with the win, while the Rattlers dropped to 10-8.
"We came on strong and played great singles," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "This was the first time we came out down 2-1 and won handily. Great job."
The Mustangs got their only doubles point at the top, as the ninth-ranked duo of Luke Joyce and Colby Meeks put away the Rattlers' Zach Nicholson and Brien Galon 8-3.
The Mustangs seniors also won their singles points by just winning a set. Joyce, ranked 44th nationally, led Andrej Klipa 6-3 when Klipa retired from the match, and Meeks, playing at No. 2, won a hard-fought 7-6 first set and was up 2-1 in the second when Nicholson also retired.
That was part of the solid sweep by the Mustangs.
Meeks and Kacper Boborykin, playing at No. 3 and No. 4 for Midwestern, rolled to 6-0, 6-2 wins. Meeks downed Jared Fellows, while Boborykin took out Carlos Olea.
Franko Siljeg beat Galon at No. 5, 6-3, 6-1, and Austin Crawford handed Matt Banner a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 6.
"We showed our determination today," said Linn.
The only points for the Rattlers came in doubles, as both the Nos. 2 and 3 points were decided 9-7. Davidson/Crawford fell to Fellows/Banner at No. 2, while Tomas Grejtak and Zack Santagate lost to Klipa/Olea.
The Mustangs are off until Friday at 2 p.m., when they travel to Topeka, Kan., to face Washburn.
The ninth ranked Midwestern State Mustangs got off to a slow start on Monday at
the Southwest Classic hosted by Dallas Baptist at the Tierra Verde Golf
The Mustangs posted a 310 in the opening round to sit 10 stroked behind the hosts, the 12th ranked Patriots.
"We were average today," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "We didn't get that quality fourth score and it caught us."
The Mustangs did get three strong scores.
Seniors Taylor Klutts and Lauren Romines are in a tie for seventh after the first round at 3-over-par 73. Senior Kendra Whittley added a 4-over 76 to sit in a 10th place tie individually.
"Klutts is on a roll right now," said Ray. "Romines had a great round. Very solid from tee to green and Kendra (Whittley) struggled a bit from the tee box, but made up for it with her short game."
Ray added the Mustangs all had trouble with the Bermuda greens at the par 72, 5,997-yard Tierra Verde course.
"They were pretty slow and we just didn't adjust," he added.
The Mustangs got a counting 84 from sophomore Brenna Moore and an 87 from senior Lindsay Burkhart.
Playing as an individual, freshman Kynze Mann posted an 8-over 80.
DBU set the pace at 302 as a team, with Oklahoma Christian second at 302, Northwood (Texas) at 307 and Texas A&M-Commerce at 308 ahead of the Mustangs.
Individually, Anna Arrese Cartadel of Oklahoma Christian leads the tournament after an even-par 72. There is a three-way tie for second with Fariza Zain and Esther King of Northwood and Mercedes Rios of Dallas Baptist each posting a 1-over 73.
The nine teams got in nine holes of the second round in anticipation of inclement weather on Tuesday. Those holes will be added to the final nine if played.