ODESSA, Texas -- Midwestern State's Shelby Carter belted two home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Mustangs to an 11-3 run-rule win over Texas-Permian Basin in Game 1 Tuesday at the UTPB Softball Complex.
Carter snapped out of an 0-for-8 slump by blasting a three-run shot over the left-field fence to give MSU a 3-0 lead in the third inning then connected for her third homer of the season on a solo shot as part of an 8-run, 7-hit fourth inning.
The Mustangs, who improved to 11-8 on the season, take on the Falcons in Game 2 later this afternoon.
Junior shortstop Katy Vandewater extended her hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run homer to center field -- her fifth of the season -- in the fourth inning, while sophomore outfielder Chelsey Wall culminated the inning with a three-run shot to left-field for her third homer of the campaign.
Sophomore outfield Haley Howerton and junior third baseman Kelley Schaefer joined Carter and Wall with two hits each to pace MSU's 11-hit barrage.
Freshman pitcher Erin Knox won her fourth consecutive start to improve to 6-2 allowing one run on five hits in four innings of work. She record three strikeouts and allowed one base on balls.
Sophomore Kat Batey came on to allow a pair of runs on two hits in the fifth to snap a 9-inning run of scoreless relief.
UTPB's Anna Hollingsworth broke up MSU's bid for a no-hitter in the fourth inning while Taleas Marble tacked on a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth to close out scoring.
The Falcons dropped their fifth-straight game to fall to 3-13.
ODESSA, Texas -- Midwestern State's Katy Vandewater extended her hitting streak to 11 games while leading a four-homer barrage as the Mustangs rolled to an 11-2 run-rule win over Texas-Permian Basin here in Game 2 Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs, who completed a sweep of the Falcons with two run-rule wins to improve to 12-8 on the season, begin Lone Star Conference play this weekend against West Texas A&M.
The Highway 287 Challenge Cup series begins with a single game Friday night at 7 p.m. at Mustangs Park and concludes with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.
Vandewater extended her season-best streak with a double to left field in the first inning then stroked her second homer of the afternoon -- and sixth of the season -- down the left-field line to lead off the third inning.
The transfer from Weatherford College is hitting .457 (16-of-35) during the streak with three doubles and four home runs while driving in 10 runs.
Freshman outfielder Erin Knox joined in on MSU's 13-hit parade by drilling doubles in her first three at bats of the contest to finish 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI. She becomes just the third player in program history to record three two-baggers in a game joining former LSC Player of the Year Lauren Craig (vs. Central Oklahoma/March 10, 2009) and Tabitha Yannetti (at Southeastern Oklahoma/April 11, 2008).
The Mustangs dazzled in the third inning with Vandewater igniting the four-run frame with the leadoff homer before Knox dropped a double into the left-field gap.
Freshman Baylee Voigt followed with a two-out, two-run homer to left field for her fifth long ball of the season then Chelsey Wall connected for her fourth homer of the year to push the Mustangs' advantage to 6-0.
The Mustangs stayed on the attack in the fourth as Kelley Schaefer led off with a single through the right side of the infield then Vandewater reached on an error.
Knox followed with her third double of the contest to plate another run to set up a three-run, pitch-hit bomb by Krisha Hamm to cap the inning to stretch the lead to 10-0.
In all, the Mustangs mashed eight homers in the twin bill sweep of UTPB to bring their season total to an LSC-best 37 for the season. The number matches the fourth most in a single season 20 games into the campaign.
Texas-Permian Basin rallied for a pair of unearned runs in the in the bottom of the fourth to spoil MSU starter Katlyn Holmes' shutout bid.
Holmes picked up the win to improve to 4-4 allowing no earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Holly Harrington took the loss to fall to 2-5 on the season for the Falcons, who fell to 3-14.
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State continues to receive votes in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches' Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs extended their season-best winning streak to nine game with a convincing 83-60 win Saturday at Texas A&M-Kingsville to improve to 19-6 on the season and 11-2 in conference play.
Midwestern can claim a share of its eight Lone Star Conference championship with a win at Cameron on Saturday and if Texas A&M-Commerce topples Tarleton State.
The Mustangs are one of five teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in this week's poll joining No. 1 Metropolitan State (23-1), No. 2 Tarleton State (23-1) and No. 10 Colorado Mines (22-3) while Midwestern State and Texas A&M International (20-7) are receiving votes.
Midwestern State has received votes in the last two rankings after spending five weeks in the poll at the start of the season ranking as a No. 6.
|NABC Division II Poll|
|Feb. 25, 2014|
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Record||Points||Last|
|1||Metropolitan State (Colo.) (15)||23-1||399||1|
|2||Tarleton State (Texas) (1)||23-1||383||3|
|3||East Stroudsburg (Pa.)||24-1||366||5|
|4||West Liberty (W. Va.)||23-2||344||6|
|6||Southern Connecticut State||23-2||307||9|
|13||Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.)||22-2||206||14|
|14||California State, San Bernardino||21-3||181||15|
|16||Lake Superior State (Mich.)||26-3||163||18|
|17||Cal Poly Pomona||20-4||135||21|
|20||Seattle Pacific (Wash.)||22-5||97||13|
|22||Delta State (Miss.)||22-4||65||19|
|Others Receiving Votes: Chico State (Calif.) 13; Midwestern State (Texas) 10; Walsh (Ohio) 9; Michigan Tech 7; Missouri Southern 6; Bellarmine (Ky.) 4; Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 3; Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 3; Saint Leo (Fla.) 2; Western Washington 2; Gannon (Pa.) 1; Northwest MIssouri State 1; Texas A&M International 1; Winona State (Minn.) 1.|