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MSU Softball: Mustangs Split in San Antonio

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Knox wins third straight start, Mustangs edge Western Oregon 2-1

 

SAN ANTONIO -- Freshman Erin Knox claimed her third straight win in the circle to help Midwestern State end a three-game skid by taking a 2-1 result over Western Oregon Sunday afternoon here at the St. Mary's Rattler Invitational.

The Mustangs close tournament play later in the afternoon against host and No. 14-ranked St. Mary's.

Knox improved to 5-2 on the season after working her way out of a pair of bases loaded, one-out jams in the second and fifth innings.

The West, Texas product allowed singles to Raina Reece and Bridjet Box in the second frame and loaded the bases when she plunked Ashlie Gardner, but Knox settled in to strike out the next batter to escape unscathed.

She allowed two infield singles with one in the fifth inning and packed the bases when she walked Kelsie Gardner. The Wolves managed their only run when Amanda Evola rolled out to shortstop then Knox worked out of the inning on a fly out to center field by Reece.

Knox finished with four strikeouts while walking one and didn't an extra-base hit.

The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead in the first inning as senior catcher Kim Jerrick drilled a single through the left side of the infield for the first of her three safeties for the game.

Jerrick came around to score on Katy Vandewater's double to left field to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. The double extended Vandewater's season-best hitting streak to eight games.

Freshman Baylee Voigt launched her fourth home run of the season in the second inning to give the Mustangs a 2-0 advantage and Knox made it stand the rest of the way.

Western Oregon's Kelli Demianew took the loss to fall to 1-4 on the season despite limiting the MSU attack to two runs on five hits in six innings.

The Wolves fell to 5-9 on the season.

St. Mary's holds off Mustangs, 4-3

SAN ANTONIO -- Midwestern State senior Kim Jerrick crushed her seventh homer of the season here in the finale of the St. Mary's Rattler Invitational Sunday afternoon.

But it wasn't enough to push the Mustangs past 14th-ranked St. Mary's who came away with a 4-3 win.

MSU finished the weekend with a 2-4 record while falling to 10-8 on the season. Midwestern takes on Texas-Permian Basin in doubleheader Tuesday in Odessa before opening Lone Star Conference play against probable No. 1-ranked West Texas A&M Friday night at Mustangs Park.

St. Mary's jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as MSU starter Katlyn Holmes struggled with her command walking consecutive batters after Nicole Sardelich led off the game with a single to center field.

Holmes limited the damage by retiring the next three hitters as the Rattlers managed to plate runners on a groundout and a sacrifice fly.

St. Mary's increased its lead to 4-0 on a Amanda Villa's two-run infield single in the fourth inning as Laure Benavidez hustled around from second to score on a diving stop by MSU second baseman Shelby Carter. Villa legged out the two-out safety to provide what ended up being the difference in the game.

MSU finally got to Rattlers' starter Vianna Gutierrez, who retired the first nine hitters she faced, in the top of the fourth.

Jerrick crushed a leadoff shot over the left-field fence to cut the deficit to three runs.

Sophomore center fielder Haley Howerton laid down a bunt single and came around to score on a fielding error to cut the margin in half.

Sophomore pitcher Kat Batey came on for Holmes to start the fourth inning and delivered another solid performance in the relief keeping the Rattlers to one hit over the final three innings.

Batey has now allowed two runs on seven hits in a 10 2/3 innings of relief this season for a 1.31 ERA.

The Mustangs pulled to within a run in the fifth when Jerrick reached on a one-out walk, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Kelley Schaefer's RBI-single up the middle.

That's as close as the Mustangs would get as St. Mary's ace Emily Brittain came on for two scoreless innings of relief to earn her second save of the season.

Howerton paced MSU's six-hit attack by going 2-for-3.

St. Mary's claimed its 13th consecutive win to improve to 17-3 on the season.