Katy Vandewater connected for a grand slam in a six-run fifth inning to lift Midwestern State to an 8-3 win over Angelo State in Game 1 Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park.
The Mustangs (18-14, 5-10) can clinch a series win over the 12th-ranked Rambelles with a win in Game 2 later this afternoon.
Senior first baseman Katelyn Potts reached on a fielding error with one out in the fifth frame to ignite a four-hit inning as Katlyn Holmes, Paige Stevens and Haley Howerton followed with singles to give theMustangs a 3-2 lead before Kelley Schaefer was hit by a pitch.
Junior Katelyn Vinson lined out to deep center field with the bases loaded before Vandewater blasted her ninth homer of the season over the left-field fence push the MSU advantage to 8-2.
The Mustangs used the long ball earlier to get to Angelo State ace Brandy Marlett as Potts launched her second homer of the year to lead off the third inning and Schaefer belted her third homer over the left-field fence with one out in the fourth.
Marlett took the loss to fall to 14-3 allowing eight runs -- two earned -- on seven hits in five innings of work.
Holmes earned the win in the circle to improve to 9-6 permitting three runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts in the complete game.
Schaefer accounted for two hits to pace MSU's eight-hit attack, while Tina Cisneros and Camry Weinheimer had two hits each for the Rambelles.
Angelo State fell to 25-9-1 and 10-8-1.