Texas A&M-Commerce uses wild ending to top Mustangs in 10
Texas A&M-Commerce's Luci Ponce trotted home carrying the winning run on a wild pitch with two outs in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Lions to a 7-6 victory over Midwestern State in nightcap Friday at John Cain Family Field.
The Mustangs fell to 20-16 and 7-11 in Lone Star Conference play, while Texas A&M-Commerce improved to 21-18 and 10-10. MSU claimed Game 1 by a score of 5-4 earlier in the afternoon.
The teams close the four-game series with a twin bill Saturday at Cain Family Field at 4 and 6 p.m.
MSU sophomore Erin Knox staked the Mustangs to a 6-3 lead in the top of the eighth inning with her fifth homer of the season over the left-field fence.
Sophomore Taylor Bermudes reached on a one-out bunt after Texas A&M-Commerce starter Courtney Moore mishandled the ball. Bermudes beat the throw to second allowing Katelyn Potts to reach on a fielder's choice.
Moore struck out the pinch hitting Chelsey Wall before giving Knox's fifth homer of the season on a 1-1 offering.
But the Mustangs were unable to hold the lead as A&M-C drew a pair of walks and Kylene Hatton followed with her first homer of the season over the right-fence to knot the game at 6-6.
It was MSU's second extra game of the season and first since falling 4-3 to Tarleton State in eight innings on March 23 in Stephenville.
Midwestern was stung by the base on balls in the 10th inning as once Ponce and Hatton drew free passes and successfully pulled off a double steal to give the Lions two runners in scoring position with one out.
MSU starter Tayler Jerrick recorded ninth strikeout of the night getting Monica Cherry swining, but uncorked her second wild pitch of the contest on her first pitch to the next batter allowing Ponce to score.
Jerrick took the loss to fall to 5-4 on the season allowing seven runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts and five walks in 9 2/3 innings.
The game matched the fourth longest games by innings in program history and was the longest since the Mustangs were stretched to 10 innings against Southern Arkansas last season.
Midwestern has played in 11-inning contests on four occasions.
The Mustangs plated a single run in the first and two in the third while Texas A&M-Commerce matched the total with one in the second and two in the third.
Junior outfielder Haley Howerton joined senior shortstop Katy Vandewater and Bermudes with two hits each to pace MSU's nine-hit attack.
Midwestern State's Katelyn Vinson launched her 13th homer of the season to key a 5-4 win over Texas A&M-Commerce in Game 1 Friday night at John Cain Family Softball Field.
The junior from Southlake drilled the first pitch she saw in the third inning over the left-field fence for a three-run shot to extend the MSU advantage to 4-0.
It was Vinson's 48th career long ball as she delivered her fourth homer in her last eight games, but the Mustangs would have to hold on.
Texas A&M-Commerce struck back for two runs in the fourth inning on December Rivers' two-run blast after Tyler Oppenheim reached on an infield single to pull the Lions to within 4-2.
Midwestern scrapped for a run in the fifth on the strength of Kelley Scahefer's sacrifice fly to plate Erin Knox to put the Mustangs up by three at 5-2.
Knox, who also started in the circle, allowed just a pair of hits and three base runners over the first four inning but began to struggle with her command in the fifth.
A&M-Commerce's Monica Cherry reached on a one-out bunt single and advanced to second when Magen Lynch was credited with a two-out sacrifice bunt. Cherry cashed in the run by stealing and scoring on MSU catcher Emily Lasky's throwing error.
Knox walked Oppenheim and hit Rivers with a pitch before bailing out of the inning when Luci Ponce rolled out to second base.
Knox walked the first two batters she faced in the sixth inning before leaving in favor of sophomore Katlyn Holmes.
Holmes yielded a single to left field off the bat of Kylene Hatton to load the bases, then forced in a run on a walk allowing the Lions to pull within 5-4 with no outs and the bases loaded.
She settled to strike out Cherry and induced consecutive pop-ups to end the threat in the sixth.
Holmes retired Texas A&M-Commerce in order in the seventh to notch her second save of the season allowing one run and a walk in two innings of relief.
Knox earned the win to move to 6-5 allowing three earned runs on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts in five innings.
Junior Paige Stevens and Howerton had two hits each to pace MSU's six-hit attack.
Midwestern State senior Emma Ramirez highlighted opening night at the West Texas A&M Classic and Multis by placing second in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase at the WT Track & Field Complex.
The Palmdale, Calif. native clocked a pre-altitiude adjusted time of 11:20.15 to finish just over five seconds behind Adams State's Mellissa Roberts, who clocked an 11:14.39. The NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time sits at 11:11.53.
Midwestern senior Danielle Chavarria finished fourth in the race clocking a time of 12:22.18.
Sophomore Tia Streeter placed 11th in the top flight of the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:01.88 finishing just in front of teammate and senior Cara Mack at 5:03.55.
The Mustangs have a full slate Saturday at the WT Classic as senior Michelle Krezonoski and junior Brittany Adams compete in the second section of the 1,500-meter run and junior Maira Salinas runs in the third section at 3:20 p.m.
Freshman April Pena goes off in the 400-meter dash at 4:10 p.m. while senior Katy Catney makes her track debut in the 100-meter dash at 4:40.