Jerrick, Mustangs shut down TexAnns in Game 2, 4-0
Midwestern State's Tayler Jerrick spun her third shutout of the season as the Mustangs snapped a three-game skid with a 4-0 win over Tarleton State in Game 2 Saturday night at the TSU Softball Complex.
The sophomore from Anaheim, Calif. notched her third blanking in seven starts this season limiting the TexAnns to five hits with three strikeouts and two walks in the complete game victory. Jerrick improved to 3-2 in the circle.
Midwestern State, which improved to 16-11 on the season while moving to a 3-7 Lone Star Conference play, concludes the four-game league with a twin bill Monday night in Stephenville. First pitches are set for 5 and 7 p.m. at the TSU Softball Complex.
Tarleton's Haley Freyman, who took the loss while allowing two earned runs on five hits in seven frames, did not allow a hit through the opening three innings.
MSU senior Katy Vandewater broke up the no-hit bid with a single through the left side of the infield to lead off the fourth. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Bermudes reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second when junior second baseman Shelby Carter drew a base on balls.
MSU senior Katelyn Potts followed with a single through the right side of the infield to plate Bermudes with the first run of the game.
The Mustangs tacked on two unearned runs in the fifth highlighted by Bermudes' two-out RBI single push the lead to 3-0.
Midwestern added another score in the seven as junior Katelyn Vinson drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on Katy Vandewater's run-scoring single up the middle.
Vandewater paced the MSU attack by going 2-for-4 to up her batting average to a team-best .363 on the season.
Jerrick worked her way out of a two-on and no-out jam in the sixth inning inducing consecutive popups after Nyka Wood's sacrifice bunt moved two runners in scoring position.
Tarleton State dropped to 14-12 and 1-3.
Mustangs can't hold off Tarleton State in Game 1
Tarleton State plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally past Midwestern State 9-8 in Game 1 Sunday afternoon at the TSU Softball Complex.
The Mustangs have lost seven of their last nine to fall to 15-11 on the season and to 2-7 in Lone Star Conference play, while Tarleton claimed their fifth straight win to improve to 14-11 and 1-2.
MSU erupted for six runs in the third inning powered by a pair of two-run singles by Katy Vandewater and Erin Knox, while Kelley Schaefer and Taylor Bermudes also delivered run-scoring singles to pus the Mustangs out to a 7-3 lead.
It was Schaefer's second RBI of the game as the senior third baseman from Waco delivered the Mustangs' first run of the game with her fifth double of the season in the top of the first to plate junior Haley Howerton, who reach on an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice.
Tarleton scored a run in the first and two more in the second, third and fourth frames to knot the game at 7-7.
MSU junior second baseman Shelby Carter ripped her fourth home run of the season down the left-field line with one out in the fifth as the Mustangs regained a one-run edge.
But it wasn't enough for sophomore Katlyn Holmes, who allowed six earned runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings of relief to fall to 8-6 on the season.
Tarleton's Rebeka Allen led off the bottom of the seventh with a single through the left side of the MSU infield and was sacrificed to second.
After Taylor Fitzgerald fouled out to shortstop, Katelyn Conlee singled in the tying run before Shelby Hedrick delivered a pinch-hit single to left field to drive in the winning run.
Schaefer, Carter and Knox had two hits each to pace the Mustangs' 10-hit attack.