SAN ANGELO, TX (KAUZ) - Angelo State put together a pair of big innings to earn a Saturday sweep over Midwestern State with an 8-3 win in game two at Mayer Field.
Angelo State (24-15, 12-10 LSC) used a three-run third inning to erase a 1-0 deficit before tacking on four runs in the sixth en route to its second win of the day.
Senior center fielder Haley Howerton and junior first baseman Erin Knox each belted out two hits to lead Midwestern State (22-20, 7-11 LSC) while senior third baseman Katelyn Vinson recorded a team-high two RBI in the loss.
The Mustangs struck first with Knox doubling to left center to score Vinson in the top of third for a 1-0 MSU lead. However, the lead didn't last long for the Maroon and Gold with a ground-rule double for pitcher Morgan Hill plating the first run of the game for the Rambelles in the bottom half of the frame. A pair of RBI singles capped off the inning for ASU to take a 3-1 advantage.
After a bases-loaded hit by pitch added a run for ASU in the fourth, the Rambelles scored four runs all with two outs in the sixth with a couple of RBI singles and a two-RBI double for first baseman Alexis Evans to stretch the ASU lead to 8-1.
The Mustangs tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh with Vinson singling to right field to score Howerton and junior shortstop Tammy Viliamu, who both singled earlier in the frame, for an 8-3 final.
Hill (5-4) earned the win in the circle for ASU, allowing seven hits, three runs and three walks while totaling three strikeouts in a complete game outing. Junior Tayler Jerrick (2-5) took the loss for MSU after giving up three hits, two runs and two walks in 1.2 innings of action.
Midwestern State concludes the series with Angelo State tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Angelo State used a four-run third inning to pull away from Midwestern State while out-hitting the Mustangs 13-7 to record an 8-3 series-opening win Saturday afternoon at Mayer Field.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom half of the third inning, second baseman Bailey Wallace evened up the game for Angelo State (23-15, 11-10 LSC) with an RBI single to right field. Left fielder Kenedy Urbany followed with a two-RBI double to center before first baseman Alexis Evans singled to left field to drive in the fourth run of the frame and put the Rambelles ahead 5-2.
Midwestern State (22-19, 7-10 LSC) went ahead 1-0 in the top of the first with senior center fielder Haley Howerton leading off with a double down the left field line. Howerton advanced to third on a fielder's choice by junior pitcher Erin Knox before coming home to score on the throw.
After ASU tied the game up at 1-1 in the second, a double for senior third baseman Katelyn Vinson drove in junior left fielder Taylor Bermudes, who singled in the previous at bat. Vinson and Bermudes each recorded a pair of hits to lead the Mustangs while Bermudes added two runs and Vinson posted two RBI for the day.
The Rambelles stretched their lead to as much as six following a pair of runs in the fourth and one run in the sixth before Vinson doubled for the second time in the Mustangs final at bat, scoring Bermudes once again, for a final 8-3 score.
Brandy Marlett (9-4) earned the win for the Rambelles in the circle, striking out 11 batters while giving up seven hits, three runs and three walks in the complete game effort. Knox (8-4) was saddled with the loss for MSU, allowing six hits, five runs and two walks in 2.0 innings of work.