Midwestern State stretched its winning streak to nine games with wins over Baker (Kan.) (10-0) and Oklahoma Panhandle State (7-4) Friday afternoon in the North Texas Softball Bash at James McKnight Park.
The Mustangs (12-4) close tournament play Saturday morning against Lubbock Christian (Texas). First pitch is set for 10 a.m.
Shelby Carter and Katy Vandewater keyed a late inning surge as both connected for three-run homers as MSU broke open a 1-0 game with five runs in the sixth and four in the seventh.
Sophomore Tayler Jerrick (2-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before settling for a two-hit shutout. It was her second shutout of the season as Jerrick notched a season-high nine strikeouts against the NAIA foe.
Junior outfielder Paige Stevens, who finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, put the Mustangs on the board in the third inning when she roped a double into the left-field gap to give MSU a 1-0 lead in the third inning.
That would be the only run the Mustangs would muster off of Baker starter Mallorie Nelson, who allowed one run on one hit before exiting after five innings in the circle.
Midwestern jumped all over BU reliever Teagan Louthan for nine runs - five earned - on six hits over the final two frames.
Stevens ignited the rally in the sixth with her second two-bagger of the game, reached third on Haley Howerton's bunt single and scored on Kelley Schaefer's sacrifice fly to deep right field.
Vandewater followed with an RBI-single through the left side of the infield before Carter launched her second homer of the season over the left-field fence.
The Mustangs took advantage of three Baker errors in a four-run seventh inning highlighted by Vandewater's sixth round tripper of the season - a three-run blast to left field.
MSU raced out to a 6-0 lead against Oklahoma Panhandle State plating single runs in the first and third innings before rallying for two runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
But the Aggies rallied for runs in the tops of the sixth to climb back into the game.
Junior Katelyn Vinson paced the MSU attack going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs driving in runs in the first and fourth innings.
Sophomore Taylor Bermudes added three hits including a an RBI double in the third inning, while senior Katelyn Potts delivered a two-run single in the fifth.
Oklahoma Panhandle took advantage of an error and a tight strike zone in the sixth to rally for four runs to pull within two runs at 6-4.
MSU starter Erin Knox (4-1) permitted four runs - one earned - on five hits in 5 2/3 innings before giving way to Katlyn Holmes who pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn her first save of the season.
The Mustangs added an unearned run in the sixth as Vandewater walked and advanced to third on Bermudes' second double of the game then continued to the plate when OPSU's throw from the outfield got away from the catcher to give the Mustangs a three-run edge.
Midwestern State flashed its depth to upend D1 Incarnate Word 5-2 Friday afternoon at the Mabry Tennis Center in San Antonio.
Playing without singles' stalwarts Kayla Casey and Courtney Anderson , who combined for 36 wins last season, the Mustangs claimed victory at four of the six singles' positions and also earned the doubles' point to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Senior Taylor Coffman dominated the decisive set over Matea Zumunik 6-0 after spliting the first sets 6-2, 4-6 at the No. 2 position, while Lauren Pineda, Paige Boykin and Lindsay Nochowicz rolled to straight set wins at Nos. 3-6 to clinch the decision for the Mustangs.
Junior Madeline Schorlemmer pushed Incarnate Word's Rachel Sadiq to split sets playing her second match at the No. 1 position before falling 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 while UIW's Antea Dedic claimed a 6-1, 6-2 win over Alexis Arrieta at No. 6.
Midwestern claimed victories at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles as Lauren Pineda and Lindsay Nochowicz rolled to an 8-1 win over Malisa Vatanadilok and Maria Batchinsky at No. 2 while Schorlemmer and Boykin teamed for an 8-2 result over Zuminik and Dedic at No. 3.
The Mustangs play a doubleheader against St. Mary's (Texas) and Texas-Permian Basin Saturday in San Antonio. First service is set for 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
Midwestern State fell to Incarnate Word in a very close 6-1 match Friday afternoon at the Mabry Tennis Center.
The Mustangs, who fell to 3-2 on the season, take on Texas-Permian Basin Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
MSU survived two tiebreakers in doubles to claim the first point of the match as Kyle Davidson and Zack Santagate defeated Incarnate Word's Leonard Ivic and Philipp Raickovic 8-7 (5) at the No. 1 position while Tomas Grejtak and Ramon Toyos outlasted Josip Smoljan and Ryan Hoverson 8-7 (3) at No. 3.
Even the No. 2 doubles' spot proved just as competitive as UIW's Tucker Brown and Joey Vatanadilok edged Midwestern's Kacper Boborykin and Matt Tyer 8-6.
MSU pushed the Division I Cardinals to split sets in three of the six singles' contests, but UIW came out on top to claim the match and improve to 4-5 on the season.