WICHITA FALLS, TX - Junior designated hitter Baylee Voigtblasted a three-run walk-off homer to lift Midwestern State to a 5-4 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville and clinch the final spot in next week's Lone Star Conference Tournament Friday evening at Mustangs Park.
With Texas A&M-Kingsville (21-32, 10-20 LSC) holding a 4-2 advantage heading into the bottom of the seventh, a one-out double down the left field line for senior third baseman Katelyn Vinson began the rally for the Mustangs.
Senior center fielder Haley Howerton drew a walk on the ensuing at bat before a single for junior right fielder Erin Knox put two runners on with two outs after the Javelinas threw out Vinson heading for home on the play. Voigt then stepped up to the plate before sending a pitch from Carlie Clark over the center field fence to propel Midwestern State (28-26, 13-17 LSC) into the LSC postseason. The tournament is set to take place Apr. 29-30 at West Texas A&M's Schaeffer Park in Canyon.
The Javelinas scored two runs in the top of the first after a pair of hits and an error in the MSU infield. TAMUK loaded the bases with a double, walk and single before a walk for Clark and an error gave the Javelinas a 2-0 advantage.
Voigt drove in her first run of the game in the bottom half of the inning for a total of four RBI on the day with a double to left center to score Vinson, who led off the frame with a walk.
TAMUK extended its lead to 3-1 in the fourth with a double from center fielder Haley Boyett scoring Lindsey Angelico, who reached on a throwing error earlier in the inning.
Back-to-back hits for the Mustangs in the fifth cut into their deficit with Howerton lifting a pitch to right center field for a two-out double before Knox singled to center to drive in a run for a 3-2 ballgame.
The Javelinas pushed their advantage back to two runs in the top of the seventh with first baseman Victoria Schoonard-Saborio driving a pitch over the left field wall for a 4-2 lead.
Freshman Makenzi Harris pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, two earned runs and six walks while striking out three to move to 9-6 on the season. Clark was saddled with the loss after giving up seven hits, five earned runs and five walks.
Voigt and Knox each posted two hits on the night to lead the MSU offense.
Midwestern State closes out the regular season tomorrow with a doubleheader against the Javelinas beginning at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, the Mustangs will honor seniors Haley Howerton, Katelyn Vinson and Chelsey Wall as they play their final games at Mustangs Park.
Senior third baseman Katelyn Vinson and junior shortstop Tammy Viliamu each posted two hits and three RBI to lead Midwestern State to a 13-3 run-rule victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville in five innings in Friday's series opener.
Redshirt freshman pitcher Peyton Helton allowed five hits, three earned runs and two walks while fanning three batters to improve to 9-9 on the season. Junior pitcher Tayler Jerrick came on in relief in the fifth inning, allowing one hit to help the Mustangs to the win.
Midwestern State (27-26, 12-17 LSC) erased a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs on two hits and an error. Vinson led off the inning with a solo home run to left field for her 66th career bomb to even the game at 1-1. Senior center fielder Haley Howerton then came around to score after a walk, stolen base and RBI single from junior left fielder Taylor Bermudes. Sophomore catcher Amanda Thomas reached on an infield error to plate Bermudes, who moved to third after her single on the throw home attempting to beat out Howerton.
A solo shot in the second inning cut the Texas A&M-Kingsville (21-31, 10-19 LSC) deficit to 3-2 with shortstop Alexei Gonzalez sending a pitch over the left field wall.
The Mustangs loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning with three-straight walks to lead off before an error at second plated the first two runs of a three-run frame. An RBI double down the left field line for junior designated hitterBaylee Voigt capped off the inning for the Mustangs with a 6-2 advantage through two.
MSU stretched its lead to 10-2 in the third, recording four hits in the inning. A Vinson double plated Thomas and Viliamu, who walked and singled earlier in the inning, for an 8-2 Mustangs lead. Junior right fielder Erin Knox then belted out a two-RBI single to center field to score two additional runs for the Maroon and Gold.
Midwestern continued to pull away from the Javelinas in the fourth with Viliamu blasting a three-run home run to center field to complete the MSU scoring for the day.
Sarah Gilbert was handed the loss for the Javelinas, allowing seven hits, seven earned runs and five walks in 2.2 innings. Catcher Roxy Chapa posted two hits to lead TAMUK.