PORTALES, NM (KAUZ) - Midwestern State matched a school record by mashing six home runs while holding on for a 13-11 win in the series finale over Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon at ENMU Softball Field.
The Mustangs took three of four from the Greyhounds to improve to 15-9 on the season and 3-1 in Lone Star Conference play.
Midwestern welcomes No. 1-ranked West Texas A&M next weekend for its home opening series at Mustangs Park with doubleheaders on Friday (5 and 7 p.m. ) and Saturday (2 and 4 p.m.).
Eastern New Mexico put up quite a fight scoring in every inning bookended with three runs in the first and sixth innings.
Midwestern used the big inning to overcome a six-run, fifth-inning deficit as Misty Muniz connected on a two-run homer and Katelyn Vinson launched three-run bomb while Makenzi Harris laced two-run double down the left-field line as part of a nine-run inning to give the Mustangs a 9-6 edge.
With the three-run shot, Vinson became MSU's all-time RBI leader with 200 passing Kelley Schaefer, who had 199 from 2012-15. Vinson's homer was her school record 59th of her career as she needs three more to match former West Texas A&M standout Renee Erwin for the LSC all-time record. Erwin stroked 162 from 2012-15.
Harris, Taylor Mordecai and Chelsey Wall drilled consecutive homers in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 12-7 while Baylee Voigt crushed another solo shot in the seven to give MSU a 13-8 lead.
Eastern New Mexico responded with back-to-back homers by Audrey Velasquez and Erikka Burke in the bottom of the seventh and Kyra Sirag drove in another with a single left field before MSU's Peyton Helton close out the game for her third save of the season.
The Mustangs' offense produced 20 hits in a game for the second straight day and for the fifth time in program history which is one off the 21 hits set against Southern Arkansas on Feb. 3, 2014.
Voigt paced the attack by going 4-for-5 with a double and her fourth homer of the season, while Taylor Bermudes and Erin Knox had three hits each.
Junior Tayler Jerrick improved to 2-2 in the circle allowing four earned runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 inning of relief.
Eastern New Mexico fell to 8-10 and 1-3.
Midwestern State erased an 8-0 deficit with seven unanswered runs but came up just short to Eastern New Mexico, leaving the bases loaded in the seventh inning in an 8-7 loss to the Greyhounds in game one of a Saturday doubleheader at ENMU Softball Field.
Freshman right fielder Taylor Mordecai led Midwestern State (14-9, 2-1 LSC) at the plate with a 3-for-4 outing while matching junior designated hitter Baylee Voigt with a team-high two RBI.
Redshirt freshman Peyton Helton (4-6) was handed the loss in the circle, allowing six hits and four earned runs in 2.1 innings of work.
Eastern New Mexico (8-9, 1-2 LSC) struck for eight runs in the third with three errors by the MSU defense helping the Greyhounds mount a big inning at the plate. A single by second baseman Audrey Velasquez began the scoring for ENMU, driving in two runs, one coming off a fielding error in right field. A dropped fly ball in left field added another run for the Greyhounds before a three-run home run to center field for third baseman Morgan Green gave ENMU a 6-0 lead. A two-RBI single for catcher Simone Laurenz capped off the Greyhounds scoring for an 8-0 advantage.
Midwestern lit up the scoreboard in the fifth inning as senior center fielder Haley Howerton doubled to right center to plate junior pinch runner Jennifer Quintero for an 8-1 score.
A walk for freshman shortstop Makenzi Harris led up to a two-run home run for Mordecai to trim the ENMU lead to 8-3 in the sixth.
Voigt drove in two more runs for the Mustangs in the seventh after MSU loaded the bases with one out. Junior first baseman Erin Knox made it 8-6 with an RBI single before Harris reached on a fielding error in the infield to score Voigt. After a one-out single by Mordecai, the Mustangs were unable to plate the game-tying run as a popup and liner to third ended the MSU rally.