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MSU Softball Takes Two vs TAMUK

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Holmes, Knox spur MSU to 1-0 win over Javelinas in Game 1

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State's Katlyn Holmes pitched her way out of early trouble and Erin Knox delivered a pinch-hit two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Mustangs to a 1-0 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in Game 1 here Saturday afternoon.

MSU improved to 20-9 by claiming its sixth consecutive win and also edged its Lone Star Conference leading mark to 8-1, while the Javelinas fell to 7-21 and 2-8.

Holmes weaved her second shutout of the season to improve to 8-4 on the season, but had to work through some early inning difficulty first.

The freshman from Gunter stranded a pair of runners in scoring position in the second inning getting Myrissa Sanchez to ground out to second then struck out Cortnee White swinging to escape the frame unscathed.

TAMUK leadoff header Bailey Offill led off the third with a double off of the left field fence before Holmes failed to control a pair of inside pitches plunking consecutive hitters to load the bases with no outs.

She then induced fielder's choice ground outs to third and shortstop to cut down the runners at the plate before escaping the innings by striking out Taylor McGill.

She allowed two more hits over the final four innings for a total of six hits with two strikeouts and one walk while making her first start in two weeks.

Texas A&M-Kingsville's Carlie Clark also gave Midwestern all it could handle by allowing one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings while falling to 3-10 on the season.

The Mustangs left the bases loaded in the second inning and produced just three more base runners outside of the frame heading into the seventh.

But Katelyn Vinson singled through the right side, moved to second on Baylee Voigt's sacrifice bunt and scored on Knox's RBI single through the left side to provide the lone tally of the contest.

Vinson, Voigt, Holmes, Knox and Katy Vandewater accounted for MSU's five hits, while Offill was 2-for-4 to pace Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Mustangs double up Texas A&M-Kingsville in Game 2, 8-4

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State used middle-of-the-order pop to roll to an 8-4 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-4 in Game Saturday night at Mustangs Park.

The win extended MSU's season-best winning streak to seven games while improving to 21-9 on the season. The Mustangs stretched their Lone Star Conference lead to two games in the loss column over Angelo State at 9-1.

Midwestern, which has won 13 of its last 14 games, closes a four-game set against the Javelinas with a twin bill on Sunday. First pitches are set for noon and 2 p.m. at Mustangs Park.

The 3-4-5 trio of Kelley Schaefer, Katy Vandewater and Katelyn Vinson combined for six of the MSU's 10 hits while driving in seven runs in the win.

Vinson keyed a two-run first inning with a double to the left-field gap to played Schaefer and Vandewater, who had each smashed singles through the left-side of the infield.

Vandewater jacked her ninth homer of the season on a three-run shot to center field to cap a five-run uprising in the bottom of the fourth inning after the Javelinas ran out to a 4-2 lead with single runs in the first and second innings and two runs in the top of the fourth.

Schaefer, who finished 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs, clubbed her fourth homer of the season off of the scoreboard in right field to cap the scoring in the sixth.

Sophomore starter Kat Batey (4-3) battled through four innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk to earn the victory.

Freshman Katlyn Holmes extended her scoreless inning to 16 by allowing two hits over the final three frames to earn her first collegiate save.

Ariel Kellogg (3-9) allowed eight runs on 10 hits in six innings with four walks and three strikeouts to take the loss for the Javelinas.

Bailey Offill, Erica Graham and Myrissa Sanchez had two hits each to pace Texas A&M-Kingsville which fell to 7-22 and 2-9.