No. 22 Midwestern State survived a furious rally by Tarleton State to sweep the TexAnns 6-1 and 11-10 Friday night at the TSU Softball Complex in Stephenville.
The Mustangs have won five straight and nine of their last 10 to improve to 33-12 on the season and to 10-7 in Lone Star Conference play while TSU slipped to 21-17 and 9-8.
The teams complete the three-game set with a single game on Saturday. First pitch is set for noon.
GAME 1: MIDWESTERN STATE 6, TARLETON STATE 1
Freshman outfielder Katelyn Vinson slugged her 15th homer and drove in four runs to lead Midwestern State to a 6-1 win over Tarleton State in Game 1 Friday night at the TexAnn Softball Complex.
The Southlake Carroll product drilled a 2-1 offering from TSU starter Randi Fentress for an opposite field, three-run homer over the right-field fence to spark a four-run first inning rally.
Vinson drove in a fourth run on her sixth double of the campaign in the second inning while senior outfielder Courtney Bingham added a pair of RBI two-baggers in the first two frames.
Second baseman Kelsey Latta accounted for Tarleton State's lone tally of the game on a solo homer in the first inning as MSU freshman Kat Batey improved to 13-5 in the circle allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
Junior catcher Kim Jerrick joined Bingham and Vinson with two hits each to pace MSU's 8-hit attack.
Fentress took the loss for the TexAnns to fall to 12-11 on the season. She allowed six runs - four earned - on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
GAME 2: MIDWESTERN STATE 11, TARLETON STATE 10
Midwestern State fended off the TexAnns' furious seven-run, sixth inning rally to come away with an 11-10 win in the night cap.
Freshman second baseman Chelsey Wall fueled a four-run rally in the fifth inning with a three-run double to the right-field gap as the Mustangs would push the advantage to 7-1 with another run in the top of the sixth frame.
MSU battered former teammate Brenna Hennan with a season-high 18 hits as the sophomore from Burkburnett took the loss to fall to 9-5 allowing a season-high 11 runs on 18 hits as she was forced to throw 200 pitches in the near 3-hour marathon.
But the TexAnns took advantage of a walk and two hit batsmen to come alive in a seven-run sixth inning highlighted by Arianna Rodriguez' grand slam which gave TSU a short-lived 8-7 lead.
MSU junior catcher Kim Jerrick pulled the Mustangs even with program single-season record 16th homer to left field to lead off the seventh. Midwestern tacked on three more runs courtesy of a Kelley Schaefer run-scoring single, an error and a sacrifice fly by Wall.
And MSU needed every one of the runs. Tarleton State countered with a one-out double by Courtney Vroman and two-out, two-run run from Tanner Pipkin to pull back within a run in the bottom of the inning.
MSU starter Laci Belovsky held on for her 20th win of the season allowing 10 runs -- all earned -- on nine hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Schaefer matched a school record with five hits for the second this season, while senior outfielder Courtney Bingham lashed her 20th double of the campaign to set another program single-season high mark.
Eight different MSU hitters accounted for multiple hits in the game including Jerrick, Bingham, Schaefer, Wall, Belovsky, Haley Howerton and Katelyn Vinson.
Midwestern State is ranked third in the latest South Central Regional rankings released by the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Committee.
Abilene Christian is first in the field and one of three from the Lone Star Conference in the top four, followed by Colorado Mines of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Midwestern State is third with Cameron fourth.
St. Edward's of the Heartland Conference is fifth, followed by the RMAC's Colorado State-Pueblo and the Heartland's Dallas Baptist tied for sixth. The RMAC's Colorado-Colorado Springs is eighth, with the LSC's Incarnate Word ninth and the RMAC's Western New Mexico 10th.
This is the second of three regional rankings issued by the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Committee prior to announcing the field for the NCAA Tournament on Friday, April 26. The top 10 teams and top four individuals not on those teams from the region will be selected to play in the NCAA Division II West/South Central Super Regional is May 6-8 at the The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. The winners of the Lone Star, Heartland and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournaments receive automatic qualification to the super regional with seven at-large bids.
The top five teams and top two individuals from the super regional tournament advance to the NCAA Division II Championship May 20-24 at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.
The Mustangs are in action again Monday and Tuesday in the Lone Star Conference Championships at the Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth.