MSU Roundup: Softball and Track

Taylor Mordecai hits a 2-run HR as MSU beats TWU 5-4. / Source: KAUZ
Taylor Mordecai hits a 2-run HR as MSU beats TWU 5-4. / Source: KAUZ

Mustangs rally with three-run sixth to top TWU in series opener, 5-4

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State scored three runs in the sixth inning to rally to a 5-4 victory over Texas Woman's in the series opener Thursday evening at Mustangs Park.
Facing a 4-2 deficit with two outs in the sixth, Midwestern State (18-23, 9-16 LSC) began its comeback with Erin Knox and Taylor Mordecai earning back-to-back walks. Carli Woolsey snapped her six-game hitless streak with a two-RBI double to right center field to knot the game up at 4-4. Kelsey Knox followed in the next at bat with a single up the middle to plate the eventual game-winning run.
It was a 1-2-3 inning for the Mustangs defense in the seventh with Erin Knox ending the game with a strikeout.
Texas Woman's (24-16, 12-9 LSC) grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the second with the Pioneers totaling four hits in the frame. With the bases loaded with one out, Morgan Harrison drove in a run for TWU with a single to left field. A force out at home and a popup to shortstop avoided any further damage for the Mustangs.
The Pioneers added three runs in the fourth with Abby Walker and Harrison beginning the inning with singles. A groundout to second for Tara Solomon scored the first run of the inning before Katy Stephens drove in the second with a single down the left field line. TWU capped off the inning with an RBI double by Hazel Puempel to right center field for a 4-0 score.
Mordecai broke up a no-hitter for Walker in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run bomb over the left center field fence with two outs to cut the TWU lead in half.

Reilly sets NCAA provisional mark at Bryan Clay Invitational

Midwestern State's Bridget Reilly set an NCAA Division II provisional mark in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase Thursday night at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Cougar Athletic Stadium.
The sophomore from Royalla, Australia raced to a win in the second of four sections with a time of 10:54.14 nosing out Trinity (Texas)'s Molly McCullough (10:55.48) by just over a second.
Reilly improved her previous personal best by nearly 21 seconds after running an 11:15.13 in her steeplechase debut last month at UT-Arlington's Bobby Lane Invitational.
She placed 17th out of 57 total runners running the second fastest time by a NCAA Division II student-athlete trailing only Colorado State-Pueblo junior Miriam Roberts, who ran a 10:32.71 finishing second in the third section.
Michigan's Claire Borchers claimed the overall win with a time of 10:02.77 in the final section. That stands as the second fastest collegiate time in the event this season.
Coming into the week, Reilly's time of 10:54.14 stands 24th on the NCAA Division II performance list and is the second fastest in the Lone Star Conference this season as Eastern New Mexico's Melina Gryschka ran a 10:28.99 last month at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Reilly holds the No. 3 position on MSU's all-time list behind Brissia Montalvo (10:41.04/West Coast Invitational on 5/12/12) and Emma Ramirez (10:52.16/2015 Bryan Clay Invitational).
Midwestern State's Leticia Shaban and Brandi Hobson compete in the 10,000-meter run Friday morning at the Long Beach State Beach Invitational, while Ana Lopez races at the 800-meter distance in the afternoon.
Reilly returns to the Clay Invitational to race at 1,500 meters Friday night.

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