Keepers of the Midwestern State softball record books may run out of eraser in the final weekend of the regular season. As the Mustangs take on Abilene Christian in a three game series at Mustangs Park April 20-21, several single season and career records sit on the edge of falling.
Senior Mallory Mooney has already become the Mustangs all-time RBI leader, passing the previous mark of 172 in a 10-7 victory against Texas A&M-Kingsville on April 13. The Mustangs third baseman now looks to become the Mustangs career leader in home runs after tying Rachael Jackson with her 28th round tripper against Central Oklahoma.
Entering the final home games of her career, Mooney is already sprinkled through the record books. The Mesquite native set the single season marks for home runs (15), RBIs (70), and total bases (138) in 2011.
Also entering her final set of games at Mustangs Park, Nicki Duff is already MSU’s all-time leader in triples. The senior from Plano could still reach a milestone, needing one more triple to become the first MSU player to notch 20 in career three baggers.
Three times in her career Duff has come close to Miranda Bishop’s single season record of seven triples set in 2008. Duff hit five in 2009 and again in 2010, then notched six in 2011. The senior has three going into the final regular season series of 2012.
Junior Courtney Bingham also entered the record books in the twin bill against Cameron April 18. Bingham broke a tie with Kristen Stonecipher, becoming the Mustangs all-time leader in doubles with the 47th and 48th of her career. The Arlington native now has 18 on the season, one short of her own single season record of 19 set in 2010.
Wrapping up an outstanding 2012, Bingham will also likely end the 2012 campaign with three other single season marks.
Bingham currently leads the Mustangs with a .437 batting average, 23 points higher than teammate Elena Bennett’s season record of .414 set in 2011. The junior can become the first MSU player to finish the season with an on base percentage over .500, going into the weekend at .514. Bingham is currently tied for the highest season slugging percentage at .649, matching Rachael Jackson in 2005.
Outside of records, the three game series against the Wildcats will play a part in the final regular season standings. With MSU entering the weekend at 13-11 in the Lone Star Conference and ACU sitting at 14-9, a sweep by either team could plant them as high as fourth place.
The Lone Star Conference wraps up a busy week with seven teams already filling the eight spots in the postseason championship tournament. With the LSC regular season championship already clinched, No. 15 Angelo State enters as the top seed, followed by Texas Woman’s, West Texas A&M, Abilene Christian, Tarleton State, Midwestern State, and Incarnate Word. Cameron can clinch the final spot by taking two of three from Eastern New Mexico.
First pitch for Friday’s single game between the Mustangs and ACU is set for 4 p.m. Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader begins at noon.
with overall record
1. Angelo State, 20-4 (39-8)
2. Texas Woman’s, 16-7 (34-13)
3. West Texas A&M, 15-9 (33-15)
4. Abilene Christian, 14-9 (28-13)
5. Tarleton State, 14-10 (29-18)
6. Midwestern State, 13-11 (23-23)
7. Incarnate Word, 10-14 (25-21)
8. Cameron, 7-17 (16-29)
9. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 5-19 (17-30)
10. Eastern New Mexico, 5-19 (13-33)
NFCA Division II Top 25:
1. Valdosta State
3. Central Oklahoma
7. Cal State-Monterey Bay
8. Minnesota State-Mankato
9. Cal State-Dominguez Hills
10. Winona State
11. North Georgia
14. Emporia State
15. Angelo State
16. Southern Connecticut State
17. Missouri Western State
18. Augustana (SD)
19. Cal State-Chico
20. Grand Valley State
23. California (PA)
24. University of California-San Diego
25. West Texas A&M
Mustangs hitting leaders:
Average: Courtney Bingham (.437)
Home runs: Kim Jerrick (8)
RBIs: Mallory Mooney (42)
Hits: Courtney Bingham (66)
Stolen bases: Elena Bennett (29)
LSC hitting leaders:
Average: Elsamartina Apo, Angelo State (.450)
Home runs: Allie Cranfill, West Texas A&M (19)
RBIs: DeeshanaLynn Tafiti, Angelo State (60)
Hits: Courtney Bingham, Midwestern State and Kacie Easley, Angelo State (66)
Stolen bases: Bailey Vrazel, Texas Woman’s (70)
MSU pitching leaders:
Wins: Lindsi Glenn (18)
ERA: Lindsi Glenn (3.53)
Strikeouts: Lindsi Glenn (74)
Opponents batting average: Lindsi Glenn (.316)
Saves: Lindsi Glenn (1)
LSC pitching leaders:
Wins: Claire Molina, Angelo State (21)
ERA: Peyton Mosley, Abilene Christian (1.99)
Strikeouts: Briana Sanchez, Incarnate Word (176)
Opponents batting average: Randi Fentress, Tarleton State (.226)
Saves: Larisa Garcia, Texas Woman’s (8)