WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Erin Knox tied a season-high six strikeouts in a 9-0 run-rule victory while Peyton Helton tossed her third one-hitter of the season in a 4-0 shutout to lead Midwestern State to a series win over Cameron Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park.
With the Saturday sweep, the Mustangs earned their first series win over their Red River rivals since the 2013 season while collecting their second series victory of the 2017 campaign.
GAME 1 RECAP
Midwestern State put up six runs in the fourth to earn a 9-0 run-rule win in five innings to even the series in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.
A two-run home run by Taylor Mordecai lifted the Mustangs (13-17, 4-10 LSC) to a 2-0 advantage in the second inning with her second bomb of the season. Midwestern stretched its lead to 3-0 in the third after Lauren Lindgren crossed the plate on an infield error by the Aggies on a double play attempt.
Lindgren began a two-out rally for the Maroon and Gold in the fourth inning with a RBI single to right field extending the MSU advantage to 4-0. RBI singles for Taylor Bermudes and Erin Knox added a pair of runs for the Mustangs before a three-run shot by Carli Woolsey to left center field propelled MSU to a 9-0 lead to cap off an eight-hit frame for the Mustangs.
GAME 2 RECAP
Peyton Helton held Cameron hitless until the seventh inning to lead Midwestern State to a 4-0 shutout of the Aggies in the series finale.
Both teams combined for just two hits until the Mustangs (14-17, 5-10 LSC) erupted for four runs on four hits and an error in the bottom of the fifth. A two-out error by Cameron center fielder Kaylyn Smith allowed MSU to plate four runs in the inning with Hannah Springs moving to third on a routine fly ball. Amanda Thomas came through in the next at bat with an RBI single through the left side for the first run of the game. After a Lindgren single, Bermudes followed with a hit up the middle to make it a 2-0 score. Knox then capped off the inning with a single up the middle to score a pair of runs for a 4-0 lead heading to the sixth.
Helton worked out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning after allowing three walks but a liner to Lindgren in center helped the Mustangs escape the frame.
Callie Busby spoiled Helton's no-hitter with a leadoff single through the right side in the seventh inning. However, Cameron (23-9, 11-4 LSC) was unable to get any offense going down the stretch with MSU recording its second shutout of the day.
No. 15 Midwestern State clinched its first top-15 win of the season with a 7-2 upset of No. 11 Georgia College Saturday afternoon at the Ralph Carson Tennis Complex.
The 9th-ranked duo of senior Ramon Toyos and sophomore Dillon Pineda claimed the first point of the match with an 8-4 win over Christian Graff and Kyle Kinsler at the number one doubles position. Next off the court was sophomore Dylan Hall and freshman Angel Palacios with an 8-3 victory over Pedro Ecenarro and Mattia Campus on court two. At No. 3, senior Chris Norrie and sophomore Denney Norrie completed the doubles sweep defeating Vincent Castermans and Anton Waern, 8-6.
In singles, Hall pushed Midwestern's lead to 4-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Castermans on court four before Pineda clinched the match for the Mustangs (6-5) at No. 6 handing Kinsler a 7-5, 6-1 loss.
Junior Vasudev Vijayaraman put another point on the board for Midwestern with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Waern at the number three spot before No. 5 Toyos claimed Midwestern's final point on court one with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 win over Graff.
The Bobcats (7-4) earned a third set win at No. 2 with Ecenarro rallying from a set down to defeat Palacios, 4-6, 6-2, 10-7. Campus also posted a three-set victory at No. 5 outlasting Norrie, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.
The Mustangs are back in action Tuesday as they take on Metro State (Colo.) at the MSU Tennis Complex. First serve is set for 3:30 p.m.
Midwestern State claimed its second top-20 win of 2017 Saturday afternoon with a decisive 8-1 victory over No. 19 Georgia College at the Ralph Carson Tennis Complex.
The 21st-ranked Mustangs (7-3) started the day with a quick 8-1 decision at No. 3 doubles with sophomore Greta Lazzarotto and freshman Ashley Ramirez defeating Kristen Jones and Camilla Negrini.
On court one, sophomore Eirini Kontaki and junior Daria Panferova teamed up for the first time this season to claim the second doubles point with an 8-4 win over Jena Kelly and Emma Niemi.
Sophomore Maddy Coffman and freshman Bianca Duff completed the doubles sweep for Midwestern State with an 8-6 victory over Macy Polk and Hannah Serdinia at No. 2 to improve to 10-0 on the season.
In singles play, Kontaki defeated Kelly, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 to push Midwestern's lead to 4-0 with her seventh-straight win before Panferova clinched the match for the Mustangs with a 6-2, 6-1 score over Polk on court one.
Lazzarotto added to Midwestern's total with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Niemi on court five just before Coffman handed Serdinia a 6-4, 6-0 loss at No. 4 singles.
On court three, Duff recorded a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Negrini to push Midwestern to the 8-1 win. The Bobcats (5-5) earned their lone point on court six as Jones outlasted Ramirez, 5-7, 6-4, 12-10.
The Mustangs are back in action Tuesday as they play host to Metro State (Colo.) at the MSU Tennis Complex. First serve is set for 3:30 p.m.