WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Southern Arkansas used an 8-run third inning to cap a nine-run comeback to take a 13-11 win over Midwestern State in the Holiday Inn at the Falls Invitational Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park.
The Mustangs fell to 5-4 on the season after getting off to a blazing start.
Sophomore Haley Howerton just missed her first collegiate home run when she blasted an opposite field double off of the fence in left field before coming in to score on Katelyn Vinson's RBI-single put he middle in the bottom of the first inning.
Midwestern extended the advantage 3-0 later in the frame on Shelby Carter's 2-run single up the middle.
The Mustangs continued to pour on the runs in the second inning as Howerton drilled a one-out, two-on double which glanced off of the top of the center field fence to plate Chelsey Wall, who had reach on a single. Vinson followed with a three-run blast to center field to push the advantage to 7-0.
Southern Arkansas responded with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning before the Mustangs rallied for four more runs in the bottom of the frame highlighted by Kim Jerrick's run-scoring double to left field.
The Muleriders scored two more runs in the fourth then ignited for eight runs on nine hits in the fifth innings as Brooke Goad belted a three-run homer to center field and Chelsea Ivy drilled a bases loaded, bases clearing double to give SAU its first lead of the game at 12-11.
Howerton, Vinson and Kelley Schaefer had two hits each to pace Midwestern State's 10-hit attack.
Sophomore pitcher Kat Batey took the loss to fall to 2-1. She allowed nine runs -- eight earned -- on 15 hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Midwestern State takes on Northeastern State later this evening at Mustangs Park.
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Sophomore outfielder Haley Howerton drilled a two-run double to center field to highlight five-run rally in the sixth inning to lift Midwestern State to an 8-5 win over Northeastern State Saturday night in the Holiday Inn at the Falls Invitational at Mustangs Park.
The Mustangs, who improved to 6-4 on the season, salvaged a split in the second day of tournament play after falling to Southern Arkansas 13-11 early in the day.
Midwestern takes on Northeastern State and Rogers State Sunday afternoon at Mustangs Park. First pitches are set for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The double extended Howerton's team-best hitting streak to seven games as the Lewisville High product has turned on the power slap to hit .538 five doubles and a triple while driving in seven runs during the stretch. She pounded balls off of the fence on three occasions narrowly missing her first career home run.
Sophomore pitcher Kat Batey came on in relief of Katlyn Holmes to calm the Northeastern State bats to earn her second victory of the season. She permitted a single hit in four innings of work recording a pair of strikeouts while walking two.
Freshman Jennifer Quintero also enjoyed her best performance of the season igniting each of the Mustangs' three rallies in the contest beginning with an RBI single through the right side of the infield to spur a two-run first inning to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.
Northeastern State struck for two home runs in the third inning including a three-shot by Alyssa Aguilar and two-run blast by Navada Campos to take a 5-2 lead.
Quintero pulled MSU within two runs after she drilled a one-run triple into the right-field gap in the fourth and scored on Krisha Hamm's sacrifice fly.
Quintero lead of the five-run seven with a single up the middle as five-straight would reach.
Hamm followed with a single to left field and Chelsey Wall roped an RBI double to the left-field gap to plate Quintero as MSU trailed 5-4.
Northeastern State elected to pitch around leadoff Kim Jerrick and Howerton made the RiverHawks pay with a two-run double to give the Mustangs a 6-5 lead.
Katelyn Vinson and Kelley Schaefer followed with sacrifice flies to push the advantage to three runs.
Quintero led MSU's 10-hit attack by going 3-for-3 while Wall and Katy Vandewater added two hits each.
Northeastern State dropped to 2-4.
PORTALES, N.M. -- Kevin Wagner raced baseline-to-baseline to lay in the game winner Saturday night to lift Midwestern State to an 81-79 win over Eastern New Mexico at Greyhound Arena.
"There's not much you can do with four seconds on the clock," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "You have to give Kevin a lot of credit. For our guys to have the presence of mind to get the ball out is huge. He made a strong move once he got into the paint."
The Mustangs rode Wagner's heroics to their season-best sixth straight win while improving to 17-6 on the season and 9-2 in Lone Star Conference play.
MSU remains one game back of league leading Tarleton State, while opening a three-game gap ahead Angelo State and Eastern New Mexico who are tied for third at 6-5.
The Mustangs can clinch no worse than the No. 2 seed in next month's LSC Postseason Tournament with a win over Angelo State Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.
It didn't appear heroics would be required after Midwestern opened the overtime period by scoring the first seven points led by Monzaigo Williams, who canned a jumper before converting a three-point-play to give the Mustangs a 74-67 lead with 2:31 to go.
But the Greyhounds used a 9-2 run capped by senior guard Rodney Blackmon's third 3-pointer of the game to knot the game at 79-79 with 6 seconds to play.
Wagner took the inbounds pass and raced the length of the floor to provide the game winner.
"The whole game showed the toughness of our team," Haggerty said. "We believed in each other and made plays when we needed to."
The Mustangs battled back from eight points down with 5:26 to play and trailed by six points with just 1:36 to go in regulation before rolling off an 8-2 run to force overtime as junior forward Xavier Blackburn hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds to go to tie the game at 67-67.
Williams tallied 16 of his team-high 19 points after halftime connected on 8-of-15 shots with a pair of 3-pointers.
"He really carried us while playing with four fouls," Haggerty said. "He took over there for a while and really helped us get back into the basketball game."
Senior forward Eddie D'Haiti chipped in 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Blackburn proved efficient going 4-for-6 from the field to finish with 11 points to go along with eight rebounds of his own.
Senior guard DeJuan Plummer splashed in a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 14 points off of the bench.
Blackmon rattled in five treys on his way to a game-high 24 points as Eastern New Mexico fell to 13-10 on the season and 6-5 in LSC play.
PORTALES, N.M. -- Midwestern State rattled off a 10-2 run over the final 2:49 to edge Eastern New Mexico 71-69 Saturday night at Greyhound Arena.
"Give credit to Eastern New Mexico, they played a great game," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "Any win in Portales is like a 10-point win at home."
The Zias rolled out to a quick start scoring the first eight points of the game fueled by a pair of 3-pointers by Tori Tucker and Lakeeyscia Griffin as Midwestern would trail by as many as nine points in the opening half while struggling to 8-of-23 shooting (34.8 percent) from the floor.
The Mustangs fought through the shooting to stay close throughout much of the first half, but ENMU stretch the lead back out late in the half as Cooper and Tucker buried consecutive treys as the Zias settled for a 31-26 lead the break.
Eastern New Mexico rolled off a 7-2 run at the start of the second to push the lead to 38-28 when Cooper followed Tucker's third trifecta of the game with a jumper with 17:25 to play.
But the Mustangs would also use the 3-ball to fight their way back into as junior guard Lisa Hampton buried two of her game-high four treys during a 13-4 run as senior forward Skyler Warrick hit a pair of free throws and a jumper to pull MSU even at 58-58 with 7:05 to play.
"I'm proud of how our girls fought back," Johnson said. "We didn't have the best shooting night and didn't hit free throws which would have been the difference in a lot of those late possessions."
Eastern New Mexico pushed the lead back out to six points on Cooper's third triple of the game to give the Zias a 67-61 lead with 2:49 to play.
Hampton, once again, ignited another with a 3-pointer followed by a tradition three-point play by Andrea Carter to tie the game again at 67-67 with 1:36 to play before sophomore Lynn Lumpkin-Boozer gave the Mustangs their first lead of the game on a lay up with 49 seconds to play.
ENMU's Jasmine Johnson converted a lay up to tie the game at 69-69 with 29 seconds to go before Carter powered her way for the winning bucket with seconds to play.
"We knew this would be a game that we were going to have to grind out," Johnson said.
Carter finished with a game-high 20 points and polished off her ninth double-double with 11 rebounds, while Hampton finished with 12 points -- all in the second half.
Lumpkin-Boozer worked her way to a 6-for-9 shooting night to finish with a season-high 12 points.
"She was a huge spark for us tonight," Johnson said. "I'm proud of that girl. She's able to make shots from all different angles. It was nice to see some shots go down for her."
Tucker and Griffin paced a quartet of ENMU's players in double figures with 15 points while Jordyn Cooper and Jasmine Johnson chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Midwestern State plays host to Angelo State Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m.
Eastern New Mexico fell to 6-15 and 4-8.
AUSTIN, Texas – The 16th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs opened the season in a strong way, crushing 25th ranked St. Edward's 7-1 on the road on Friday.
The Mustangs (1-0) lost only at No. 2 Doubles and the teams ended the match with the No. 6 singles unfinished. St. Edward's fell to 1-4 on the season.
MSU's No. 3 doubles team of Jarrod Liston and Zack Santagate got the match started right with an 8-3 win over SEU's Alexandre Bueno and Adrian Garza.
The Hilltoppers countered at the No. 2 doubles spot with Patrick Clynes and Maximo Agoglia beating the Mustangs Kacper Boborykin and Kyle Davidson 8-4 to even the match.
But MSU got the advantage they would not relinquish when the Mustangs top duo of Tomas Grejtak and Ramon Toyos claimed the tiebreak 7-4 to defeat Felix Bake and Pedro Bronstrup 9-8.
MSU rolled in the singles, dropping only one set.
No. 46 Boborykin, playing at No. 1 for MSU, defeated Bronstrup 7-5, 6-2, while No. 25 Davidson beat Clynes 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 at No. 2.
Toyos battled Bake to three sets at No. 3 before claiming a 6-2, 5-7, 10-7 victory.
MSU's Christopher Norrie took out Agoglia 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4, as Grejtak handed Garza a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 5.
Liston was ahead 4-2 at No. 6 against Bueno when the match was halted.
MSU plays twice on Saturday in San Antonio as the Mustangs meet now Division I Incarnate Word at 10 a.m., then travel across US 281 to take on Division III Trinity at 3 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas – The 19th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs collected a great season-opening win on Friday, beating No. 43 St. Edward's 6-3 at the Brother Strohmeyer Courts.
The Mustangs started off with the 2-1 lead in doubles, then claimed all but the top two singles points to go to 1-0 on the season. St. Ed's fell to 0-2 with the loss.
The Mustangs opened with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 Doubles.
MSU's Lauren Pineda and Madeline Schorlemmer shutout Breanne Hesseltine and Tatiana Marchizano 8-0 at No. 3, with Taylor Coffman and Kayla Casey bagged Rafaela Haegele and Summer Biggs 8-4 at No. 2.
St. Ed's claimed No. 1 Doubles as the 15th ranked team of Brooke Hughes and Alexandra Khadhyzan handed MSU's Courtney Anderson and Amy Clifton an 8-3 loss.
In singles action, Coffman led the way for MSU from the No. 3 spot, coming back from a 6-3 deficit in the first set to beat Haegele 3-6, 6-4, 10-6.
The bottom of the lineup wasn't that close.
Pineda handed Biggs 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4, Anderson swept Hesseltine 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5, and Schorlemmer blanked Marchizano 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6.
St. Ed's Khadhyzan beat Clifton at No. 2 6-3, 6-3.
The highlight singles match came at the No. 1 spot, as 38th ranked Casey of MSU faced 47th ranked Hughes of SEU.
Casey took the first set 6-4, only to have Hughes battle back for the second 6-4. Hughes continued in the final set for a 6-4 win to take the point.
Midwestern is in action twice on Saturday in San Antonio as the Mustangs meet now Division I Incarnate Word at 10 a.m., then travel across the freeway to take on Division III Trinity at 3 p.m.