Katelyn Vinson's connected for her 21st home run and Courtney Bingham drove in four runs to lead No. 17-ranked Midwestern State to a 9-1 run-rule win over Abilene Christian Friday night at Poly Wells Field.
The Mustangs claimed their 40th win of the season against 13 losses. MSU has won 12 of its last 13 to move to 17-8 in Lone Star Conference play.
Freshman Laci Belovsky weaved a three-hitter with three strikeouts and no walks to earn her Lone Star Conference leading 24th win.
And Vinson made the same number had more importance in the fourth when she greeted ACU reliever Shelby Hall with a three-run, opposite field blast to right to build upon her program single season record.
It was the 24th consecutive game that an MSU player has connected for a home run. Then Kelley Schaefer tacked on her 12th round-tripper of the season on the next pitch as part of a six-run top of the fourth for the Mustangs.
Bingham drove in runs in three consecutive plate appearances in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
The senior from Arlington plated Carey Campbell with the first run of the contest with a single to left field. Campbell led off the third with a double to the left-field gap.
ACU countered with their only run of the game in the bottom of the inning as Belovsky hit Wildcat leadoff hitter Keanna Winkfield with a 1-0 pitch. Winkfield stole second and came around to score on Lyndi Smith's single to right field to tie the game.
Bingham drilled a bases loaded two-run single through the right side of the ACU infield in the fourth to knock Wildcat starter Payton Mosley out of the game. Mosley took the loss to fall to 5-9 on the season. She allowed five runs - all earned - on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Vinson and Schaefer followed with first-pitch homers off of Hall.
Bingham drove in the run-rule clincher in the fifth on an infield single. She paced MSU's 11-hit attack with by going 3-for-4 while junior catcher Kim Jerrick joined Vinson with two hits each.
Midwestern State and Abilene Christian close out the regular season with a doubleheader Saturday at Poly Wells Field. First pitches are set for noon and 2 p.m.
The Midwestern State Mustangs will carry the number two seed from the South Central Region when they tee it up on Monday, May 6 at the NCAA Division II South Central/West Super Regional at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.
The NCAA Division II Men's Golf Committee made the announcement Friday afternoon of the 80 teams and 32 individuals that will play in the four super regionals across the country.
Midwestern State, the Lone Star Conference Champion and winner of the league's automatic bid, is slotted right behind top-seed Colorado Mines as two of the 10 teams from the South Central Region.
Abilene Christian is seeded third and Cameron fourth from the region, followed by Rock Mountain Athletic Conference Champion Colorado-Colorado Springs fifth and St. Edward's sixth. Heartland Conference Champion Dallas Baptist is seeded seventh, followed by Colorado-Colorado Springs, Incarnate Word and Western New Mexico.
Individuals from the South Central are Myles Miller of Newman, Brandon Bingaman of Colorado Mesa, Logan Leggett of West Texas A&M and C.J. Clem of Texas A&M-Commerce.
The South Central will face the West Region in the Super Regional round.
California Collegiate Athletic Association Champion Cal State-Monterey Bay is the top-seed in the West, followed by Western Washington, Pacific West Conference Champion Grand Canyon (Ariz.), Cal State-Stanislaus and Hawaii-Hilo.
Sixth in the West is Sonoma State (Calif.), with Chico State (Calif.) next, followed by California-San Diego, Cal State-East Bay and Dixie State (Utah).
West Region individuals are Shearn Chua of Cal State-San Bernadino, Gage Huft of Montana State-Billings, Ben Fosnick and Brandon Moore, both of St. Martin's (Wash.).
The top five teams from this 20-team super regional and top two individuals not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Division II Championship May 20-24 at the Hershey Country Club East Course in Hershey, Pa.
Midwestern State coach Venera Flores-Stafford announced the addition of a transfer and two more prep standouts to a loaded 2013-14 signing class Friday afternoon.
Incoming junior transfer Kaitlyn Molloy highlights the trio of signees joining League City Clear Springs High setter Sarah Rosinke and Hewitt Midway High middle blocker Angel Summers.
"Kaitlyn, Sarah and Angel are all gifted athletically and will bring much more to a very exciting class," Flores-Stafford said. "Definitely can't wait for get started this fall."
Molloy possesses a mix of athletic ability allowing her to excel both up front and on the back row. Her exceptional vertical jump allowed her to standout as a 5-8 middle blocker as a prep at Graham Kapowsin High School where she helped the Eagles three consecutive postseason appearances earning South Puget Sound League (South) co-MVP honors as a senior.
Molloy signed with Division I Montana out of high school experiencing immediate success as an injury replacement at libero. She posted 10-or-more digs in four of her first five collegiate matches including a season-high 21-dig effort against Green Bay (Wisc.).
Molloy enjoyed all-around success after transferring to North Idaho College last season. She garnered All-West Scenic Conference second-team honors averaging 1.82 kills, 1.36 blocks and 2.64 digs per set while helping the Cardinals to a 24-7 record.
"Kaitlyn's enthusiasm and excitement for the game is contagious," Flores-Stafford said. "I expect her to step in to a leadership role quickly. She's very excited about playing here and will be a huge contributor."
At 5-10, Rosinke gives the Mustangs a bigger setter with the ability to play all around. She starred as a three-year varsity letter winner at Clear Springs High earning All-District 23-5A first-team honors a senior last fall after gaining second-team mention as a junior.
"Sarah is a fun player to watch," Flores-Stafford said. "She's a six-rotation setter who is very aggressive. The setter position is huge and I expect her to come in right away and compete to play. The girls will enjoy hitting off of her."
Summers adds to a growing list of exceptional student-athletes making the jump from Waco Midway High to Midwestern State. The 5-11 middle blocker joins basketball standouts Dianna Jones and Shatoia Gober and softball star Kelley Schaefer -- all in their sophomore seasons.
Summers was named her team's top blocker in three of her four prep seasons finishing as an All-District 8-5A second-team pick as a senior last fall.
"We were very fortunate to get Angel," Flores-Stafford said. "She's a great kid who is long and athletic. She hustles for everything and asks a lot of questions. Angel is going to add a lot to our middle blocker situation."
The trio of signees adds to a group of three transfers in Marija Jovanovic (Florida A&M), Nicole Marzik (Fairfield) and Madelyn Johnson (New Mexico State) and four prep signees including Alyssa Fulgium, Sarah Garfield, Morgan Lienemann and Cody Moore.
Midwestern State completed the 2012 campaign with a 7-23 mark.