MSU Softball Split Games With Cameron

Walk-off single sinks Mustangs in 5-4 loss to Cameron

LAWTON, OK (KAUZ) - A walk-off single to right field for pitcher Sonora Zukerman lifted Cameron to a 5-4 win over Midwestern State for a split in Friday's doubleheader at McMahon Field.

Errors doomed Midwestern State (26-24, 11-15 LSC) throughout the game with the Mustangs committing four miscues that resulted in three unearned runs for the Aggies. Cameron (30-17, 15-11 LSC) plated two unearned runs in the final frame after falling to MSU, 4-2, in the series opener. The Aggies put two on with no outs with a walk and a single before shortstop Carly Allerheiligen plated the game-tying run with a single. An intentional walk loaded the bases before Zukerman gave the Aggies the win with her team-high third hit of the ballgame.

The Mustangs grabbed a 4-3 advantage in the top of the sixth with a double from sophomore catcher Amanda Thomasdriving in junior first baseman Erin Knox and junior designated hitter Baylee Voigt.

Cameron jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with Zukerman driving in her first of two runs of the evening with a single to second. Catcher Chelsea DeLong followed with an RBI single to right field for the second run of the inning. 

The Mustangs evened up the contest in the third with RBI coming from senior third baseman Katelyn Vinson and senior center fielder Haley Howerton. Freshman pitcher Makenzi Harris led off the inning with a single to left field before senior second baseman Chelsey Wall walked to put two on with no outs for the Mustangs. A sac bunt for junior shortstop Tammy Viliamu moved the runners into scoring position before a Vinson groundout made it a 2-1 contest. Howerton then followed with a double to right to bring in the tying run from second.

Cameron went back in front in the bottom half of the inning with a bases-loaded walk to score right fielder Breezy McComas. The Aggies recorded a pair of walks and a single leading up to the walk for left fielder Paige Ramey. 

Harris paced the MSU offense with two hits while Thomas led the way with two RBI. Harris took the loss in the circle, falling to 8-6 on the season after allowing seven hits, two earned runs and five walks with four strikeouts.

Zukerman improved to 9-5 on the year in the circle, giving up six hits, four runs and three walks with one strikeout.

Midwestern State and Cameron wrap up the series tomorrow with a doubleheader slated to begin at noon.

Mustangs claim 4-2 win over Cameron in series opener

Redshirt freshman pitcher Peyton Helton struck out 10 batters while junior left fielder Taylor Bermudes and freshman shortshop Makenzi Harris each drove in a pair of runs to carry Midwestern State to a 4-2 series-opening win over Cameron Friday afternoon at McMahon Field.

Bermudes recorded the first hit for Midwestern State (26-23, 11-14 LSC) with a single to second in the top of the second inning before Harris lifted a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the Mustangs the lead at 2-1.

Left fielder Breezy McComas drove in both of Cameron's (29-17, 14-11 LSC) runs on the afternoon with solo shots in the first and seventh innings to left field. McComas finished 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Aggies on the day.

Cameron threatened in the third inning, loading the bases with a pair of singles and a walk before a fielder's choice to Harris ended the frame to keep the Mustangs in front.

A single and an error in the MSU infield put two runners on with no outs in the sixth for the Aggies before a sac bunt for catcher Chelsea DeLong advanced the runners into scoring position. A fielder's choice loaded the bases for the Aggies but a liner to senior third baseman Katelyn Vinson resulted in a double play to end the inning.

Midwestern added a pair of runs in the seventh to stretch its lead to 4-1. Junior first baseman Erin Knox led off the inning with a walk while a single for junior designated hitter Baylee Voigt put two runners on for the Mustangs with no outs. Sophomore catcher Amanda Thomas laid down a sac bunt to move the runners into scoring position before Bermudes drove a pitch into right field to plate Knox and Voigt.

Bermudes and Thomas led the Mustangs with two hits apiece while Harris and Voigt each added one in the victory.

Helton finished one shy of matching her career high of 11 strikeouts, set last weekend against Texas A&M-Commerce, while giving up six hits and two walks on the day.

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