Chelsey Wall's run-scoring single through the left side of the infield in the eighth inning capped off Midwestern State's 4-3 come-from-behind win over No. 7 Texas Woman's University Friday night at Mustangs Park.
It was MSU's fourth consecutive victory as the Mustangs improved to 28-11 on the season and to 7-6 in Lone Star Conference. The win snapped TWU's seven-game winning as the Pioneers had won 23 of 25 games heading into the weekend series.
The teams close out the three-game set with a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park. First pitch is set for noon.
Midwestern jumped out to the early against Texas Woman's ace Larissa Garcia. Haley Howerton legged out the first of her team-high three hits with a bunt single in the first inning, stole second and scored on Kelley Schaefer single to the right-field gap to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
Garcia, a senior right hander, changed speeds well to keep MSU off balance throughout much of the night allowing just two earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks but would not factor in the decision.
TWU senior outfielder Katie Hines staked her to a 3-1 lead on her league leading 19th homer - a three-run blast to left field in the fifth.
Midwestern State's Katelyn Vinson answered the blast with a shot of her own in the sixth. Her 12th homer of the season extended a season-best hitting streak to 11 games. Vinson has accounted for nine long balls in eight games during the streak which includes 10 multiple-hit games.
TWU brought on reliever Brandie Lander to close out the game in the seventh, but Carey Campbell drew leadoff walk and Howerton reached on an infield single before Schaefer chased in the tying run on a single to left field. Vinson followed with a safety to center but Howerton was gunned down at the plate by Pioneer center fielder Amanda Ruiz.
The Mustangs took advantage of a dropped foul pop-up to first base in the eighth as Shelby Carter followed with a solid double to the right-field gap, was sacrificed to third and scored on Wall's single through the infield.
Freshman Laci Belovsky allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out six and walking three to improve to 17-7 on the season, while Lander fell to 14-4.
Schaefer, Vinson and Wall added two hits each as MSU totaled 12 hits, while Ruiz and Hines combined for eight of TWU's nine hits.
The Pioneers fell to 33-8 overall and to 11-2 in league play.
No. 24 Midwestern State made it three straight with a 7-2 win Friday over No. 38 Washburn at the Washburn Tennis Complex in Topeka, KS.
Midwestern State (14-5) won it's eighth match in the last nine outings, while Washburn (7-5) fell for just the second time in the last 10 matches.
The Mustangs had a 2-1 lead after doubles over the Ichabods.
With Kyle Davidson teaming with Luke Joyce, MSU won at No. 1 against Arkadiusz Kozaczuk 8-5. Kacper Boborykin and Tomas Grejtak paired at No. 2 to beat Thilo Schlenker and Pascal Laucht 8-4. But at No. 3, MSU's Austin Crawford and Zack Santagate dropped an 8-5 decision to Chance Joost and Bobby Florence.
"Our guys did a great job of handling situations early in their matches," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "We needed to make an adjustment on Friday and the doubles teams handled it well. Kyle (Davidson) did a super job and credit Luke Joyce as he was excellent in leading during the match."
The Mustangs responded strongly in singles, taking all but one of the points.
Joyce, ranked 44th nationally, beat Kozaczuk 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1, while Davidson won at No. 2 over Schlenker 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Colby Meeks won at No. 3 over Laucht 6-0, 6-1, as Boborykin outlasted Fletcher at No. 4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Crawford won at No. 6 against Joost 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 2-3 retired.
Florence gained the Ichabods lone singles point at No. 5 with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Franko Siljeg.
The Mustangs continue their swing against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association on Saturday by taking on No. 39 Southwest Baptist at 11 a.m. in Boliver, Mo.
The 27th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs collected their sixth straight win Friday as they beat Washburn (Kan.) 8-1 at the Washburn Tennis Complex.
The 12-5 Mustangs dropped the Lady Blues to 1-12 on the season with the win.
Midwestern swept the doubles and lost only at No. 1 singles in taking the non-conference victory.
MSU's top team in doubles, Sarita Adhikary and Lauren Pineda, beat WU's Kirsten Holle and Jodie Blackim 8-4, as the Mustangs Madeline Schorlemmer and Kayla Casey shutout Casyn Buchman and Sophie O'Neill 8-0 at No. 2. Taylor Coffman and Fatima Clementino won at No. 3 over Gwen Shepler and Nzingha Banks 8-2.
"Our doubles did a great job in getting us out front," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "And our Madeline and Kayla at No. 2 executed at a very high level and led us on."
Coffman led the way for Midwestern in singles, downing Buchman 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2. Kayla Casey followed at No. 3 with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Blackim, with Schorlemmer taking No. 4 over Holle 6-3, 6-1.
"Taylor played a great match that wasn't as close as the scores indicate," said Linn. "It really showed me what a great competitor she has become."
Lauren Pineda won picked up a 6-1, 6-3 win over Shepler at No. 5, and Kendra Casey stepped up at No. 6 to defeat Ashlynn Sutton 6-0, 6-1.
The Lady Blues only point came at No. 1 with O'Neill beating Adhikary 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).
The Mustangs continue their northern road trip on Saturday morning at 11 when they face the Central region's top-ranked team, No. 35 Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Mo.
Bill Maskill announced the promotions of Adam Austin and Alex Herron to lead the Midwestern State offense this fall.
Austin takes over as offensive coordinator while Herron assumes duties as run game coordinator.
"Adam is the best fit for what we do," Maskill said. "He has demonstrated in his two years here that he is capable of successfully handling additional duties."
Austin has served as quarterbacks coach for each of the last two seasons mentoring Brandon Kelsey to a Lone Star Conference Offensive Back of the Year performance in 2011.
The Mustangs led the nation in total offense at 532 yards per game and scoring with 48.6 points a contest on the way to the first perfect regular season in school history at 10-0 in 2011.
MSU piled up 459 yards of total of offense a game last season as the Mustangs claimed their third Lone Star Conference championship in four seasons while posting a 9-2 record.
Austin will retain quarterback coaching responsibilities this fall.
Herron assumed offensive line coaching duties in 2012 in his first season at Midwestern State and the unit continued to thrive.
Ken Van Heule, Tino Tiulata, Justen Tyler and Joe Unga all received All-America mentions as the Mustangs ranked third in NCAA Division II with 323.9 rushing yards a game and led the nation allowing just four sacks in 11 games.
"Alex has proven his ability to produce at a high level," Maskill said. "This will allow both coaches to be the best they can be."
Midwestern State completes spring drills with its annual Maroon/Gold Spring Game on Saturday, April 13 at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
Admission is free and fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item for a donation to the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.