MSU Softball Wins Two to Extend Win Streak to Seven

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Midwestern State used the long ball to power an opening day sweep in the North Texas Softball Bash at McKnight Park.

The Mustangs crushed four homers including two by senior shortstop Katy Vandewater in an 8-2 win over Lubbock Christian, then Katelyn Potts' three-run blast propelled MSU to a 10-0 run-rule victory over Texas-Permian Basin to extend its winning streak to seven games.

Midwestern (10-4) continues tournament play Friday with games against Baker (Kan.) and Oklahoma Panhandle State at noon and 2 p.m.

Vandewater highlighted three-run uprisings in the sixth and seventh innings by connecting on two-run homers in each frame to raise her season total to five.

Junior outfielder Katelyn Vinson connected for her fifth homer to leadoff the seventh inning, while sophomore Erin Knox launched her fourth homer of the season to leadoff the fifth.

Knox permitted a pair of solo homers in the circle on six hits to improve to 3-1 on the season. She recorded six strikeouts and issued two walks.

The loss was just the second of the season for Lubbock Christian which fell to 8-2.

Senior Kelley Schaefer extended her hitting streak to 10 games by going 3-for-4 while Vandewater and Knox each accounted for two hits to pace MSU's 11-hit attack.

The Mustangs batted around in a six-run fourth inning keyed by Potts' first homer of the season - a three-run shot to left field - to roll to a 10-0 win over Texas-Permian Basin later in the afternoon.

Schaefer, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, drove in another run with a single up the middle while Vandewater culminated the inning with two-run single to center field to drive in her team leading 27th and 28th runs of the season.

Sophomore outfielder Taylor Bermudes capped off another stellar performance by going 3-for-4 at the plate delivering a two-run double down the left-field line to finish off a three-run rally in the sixth.

Sophomore pitcher Katlyn Holmes spun her first shutout of the season allowing one hit while striking out eight in a six-inning complete game to improve to 6-2.

Texas-Permian Basin dropped to 3-9 on the season.