Dropping both ends of a doubleheader to No. 2 Angelo State, the Midwestern State softball team extended their losing streak to five games on Saturday at the ASU Softball Complex. On the other end of the spectrum, the Rambelles 3-1 and 5-0 wins over the Mustangs stretched their winning streak to 13 games.
A valiant effort by pitcher Brenna Hennan wasn’t enough for MSU in game one of the twin bill. The Burkburnett native held ASU to one hit through the first four innings, only to see things crumble with one swing of the bat by Lauren Smith.
Courtney Bingham would provide the Mustangs only run of the day with a solo home run in game one, her first of the season. Otherwise, ASU’s Mary Kate McKay would scatter seven hits as she allowed only two other runners to get as far as third base.
The Rambelles would continue to dominate from the circle in game two, with Claire Molina tossing a two hit shutout. Both MSU hits were singles by Carey Campbell who never advanced past second base.
Lindsi Glenn started game two for the Mustangs and cruised through the first two innings. Seeing her first action since March 3, the southpaw from Healdton, Oklahoma was roughed up in the third and fifth innings as she took the loss.
Bingham’s blast to right center with one out in the top of the third gave MSU a 1-0 lead in game one. Hennan held the Rambelles to a Carly Peters’ single through first four innings as she clung to the one run lead, eyeing her first collegiate shutout.
After the Mustangs put two on with one out in the top of the fifth but came up empty, the Rambelles jumped into the lead in the bottom of the inning.
A fielder’s choice and a walk out runners on first and second with two outs for Smith. The Waxahachie native belted her fifth home run of the season over the fence in left, a three run shot to give ASU a 3-1 lead.
The Mustangs missed a golden opportunity in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with two outs on singles by Christina Roosmalen and Campbell and an intentional walk to Bingham. MSU failed to get a runner across the plate, then went down in order in the top of the seventh to end the game.
Glenn and Molina would provide a quick first two innings in game two as both pitchers held their opponent hitless. Campbell singled with one out in the third and moved to second when Bingham walked, but a line out and a ground out sent things to the bottom of the inning still tied 0-0.
The Rambelles rattled Glenn in the third, with Peters leading off the inning with a solo home run to give ASU a 1-0 advantage. Chelsey Walters followed with a double down the line in left, then came in to score on a fielding error after Amanda Wilhelm singled to left.
The 2-0 Rambelles lead held until the fifth when they stretched their advantage to five runs.
Singles by Morgan Spearman and Smith put runners on first and second for Kacie Easley. The ASU catcher reached on a fielder’s choice, but a throwing error would allow the runners to move up 60 feet. Spearman scored on the play to make it 3-0 in favor of ASU.
A walk to DeeshanaLynn Tafiti loaded the bases for Elsamartina Apo who grounded to the first baseman for the first out of the inning. The ground ball was enough to bring another run in and increase the Rambelles lead to 4-0.
A sac bunt by April Breshears brought in the fifth and final run of the game for ASU. Molina held the Mustangs hitless in the final two innings to lock down the win.
Mary Kate McKay improved to 11-1 with the win in game one. McKay struck out three and walked three, allowing one run on seven hits.
Hennan took a tough loss in game one, falling to 1-6 on the season. Hennan struck out one and allowed three runs on two hits while walking five.
Molina improved to 13-2 with the two hit shutout in game two. Molina recorded seven strikeouts while walking three.
Glenn fell to 11-8 with the game two loss. Glenn struck out two and walked two, allowing four earned runs on seven hits.
Angelo State remains undefeated in conference play improving to 8-0. The Rambelles are 24-3 overall.
Midwestern State falls to 12-15 overall and 2-6 in LSC play.
The Mustangs and Rambelles wrap up the three game series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.