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 Field.
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.