A record breaking, three RBI double by Mallory Mooney put the Midwestern State softball team on track to a 10-7 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday afternoon. That was followed an MSU record of 30 combined runs as the Mustangs took game two of the doubleheader 17-13.
The two wins extends the Mustangs winning streak to eight games, while TAMUK has now dropped six of their last seven.
Coming into game one with 170 career RBIs, Mooney became MSU’s all-time career leader with one swing of the bat. A bases loaded double in the second brought in all three runners to put the senior one ahead of Kristen Stonecipher’s record of 172 collected from 2005-08.
Mooney shattered the school’s single season RBI record in 2011 with 70 RBIs, 20 more than the previous record. A major contributor to the Mustangs offense her entire career, the Mesquite native currently leads the team with 39 RBIs this season.
All three base runners scoring on Mooney’s double also recorded RBIs in the inning. Singles by Christina Roosmalen and Courtney Ford and a walk to Carey Campbell loaded the bases for Kim Jerrick with two outs. Jerrick delivered a single to plate Roosmalen and give MSU a 1-0 lead.
Elena Bennett collected her RBI the hard way, reaching on a hit by pitch to force in a run. Courtney Bingham followed with a single to left to increase the MSU lead to 3-0.
The Javelinas cut the Mustangs lead in half in the bottom of the third. With two on and one out, Yvette Berlanga belted the first pitch she saw over the fence in left, shrinking the Mustangs advantage to 6-3. A double by Jaeleen Castro and a hit by pitch put TAMUK within reach of a tie, but MSU starter Brenna Hennan shut the door with a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.
Lindsi Glenn would come in for Hennan in the bottom of the fourth, but had trouble settling into the game. A lead off walk to Lex Cordova and a single by Stubbs out two runners on base. Illegal pitches by Glenn moved the runners up and allowed Cordova to score to cut the MSU lead to 6-4.
MSU would get the run back in the top of the fifth when a throwing error allowed Kelley Schaefer to score. Schaefer increased the Mustangs lead to 8-4 in the top of the sixth with a two out RBI single to bring in Bennett from third.
An RBI ground out by Jerrick and an RBI single by Bennett in the top of the seventh gave MSU a comfortable 10-4 advantage going into the bottom of the seventh.
The Javelinas made it interesting with singles by Berlanga and Castro followed by an RBI double from Bailey Offill, leaving runners on second and third. Glenn would allow both runners to come in with two more illegal pitches before recording the final out.
Glenn would get the win to improve to 18-10 on the season. The freshman struck out three and walked two, giving up four earned runs on seven hits.
Hennan struck out four and walked one, giving up three runs on four hits in the no decision.
Denise Arnold took the loss, falling to 7-13. Arnold struck out three and walked four, surrendering nine earned runs on 14 hits in the complete game.
Hennan also got the start in game two for MSU, while the Javelinas sent Lauren Denney to the circle. Denny recorded the first two outs of the top of the first inning on three pitches before the Mustangs exploded.
Bingham slapped her 15th double of the season to center, then came in to score on a single up the middle by Schaefer. Roosmalen then hit her fourth home run of the season to give the Mustangs a sudden 3-0 lead.
Nicki Duff reached on a hit by pitch, then scored after a Mooney single led to a throwing error that allowed Mooney to reach third. Ford followed with an RBI double, giving the Mustangs a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the first.
The Javelinas loaded the bases in the first but came up empty. MSU continued to pour it on in the top of the second.
Jerrick led off the second with her team leading eighth home run of the season. That would close the book on Denney as Arnold took over in the circle for TAMUK, but MSU didn’t slow down.
A single and a stolen base by Bennett put a runner in scoring position for Bingham. The junior singled through the right side to bring in Bennett and increase the MSU lead to 7-0.
Bingham moved to third after a fielder’s choice and a throwing error, then came home on a Duff ground out. Mooney capped the scoring in the inning with an RBI single to give MSU a 9-0 lead.
The Javelinas found a way to keep MSU off the scoreboard in the third, then ended Hennan’s bid for her second shutout of the season in the bottom of the inning.
Singles by Stubbs and Berlanga around Kodie Garner reaching on a hit by pitch loaded the bases with one out. Castro emptied the bases with a Grand Slam, cutting the MSU lead to 9-4.
The Javelinas gave the runs right back in the top of the fourth, committing three errors in the inning. Singles by Roosmalen and Duff and an error allowing Lisa Licata to reach loaded the bases with two outs. A throwing error by the catcher allowed pinch runner Kallie Noble to score and increase the Mustangs lead to 10-4.
An RBI single by Campbell and an error on a ground ball by Jerrick brought in two more runs for MSU. An infield single by Bennett brought in Campbell to put the Mustangs up 13-4.
TAMUK got one run back on an RBI single by Berlanga in the bottom of the fourth, but the Mustangs took two in the third. Megan Chartier scored on a wild pitch before Licata turned in an RBI double to give MSU a 15-5 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.
On the brink of a run rule loss, the Javs came up with RBI singles by Cordova, Stubbs, and Berlanga to cut the Mustangs lead to 15-9. In a familiar scene, the Javs gave two runs back in the top of the sixth as MSU scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error.
The error bug bit the Mustangs in the bottom of the sixth, allowing TAMUK to pull to within five. An RBI single by Garner finally capped the scoring at 17-13.
An oddly scoreless seventh inning closed out the game.
Hennan took the win, going five innings to improve to 4-9. The freshman walked one and allowed nine runs, eight earned, on 12 hits.
Glenn came in to pitch the final two innings for MSU, striking out one and allowing four runs, only one earned, while giving up four hits.
Denney took the loss to fall to 1-6, giving up five earned runs on six hits in one inning pitched.
Arnold struck out four and walked two giving up 11 runs, four earned, on 12 hits in six innings of relief.
Midwestern State improves to 22-20 overall and 12-10 in Lone Star Conference play.
Texas A&M-Kingsville falls to 17-27 overall and 5-17 in conference play.
The two teams slug it out again on Saturday as they wrap up the three game series in Kingsville. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.