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Mustangs club six homers in 22-17 loss to Southern Arkansas

Two things didn't stand much of a chance Monday afternoon in the finale of the West Florida Spring Tournament -- earned run averages and the record book.
Two things didn't stand much of a chance Monday afternoon in the finale of the West Florida Spring Tournament -- earned run averages and the record book.

In the end, Southern Arkansas survived a school record six home runs by Midwestern State to outlast the Mustangs 22-17 in 10 innings at the UWF Softball Complex.

Midwestern's final contest of the tournament with host West Florida was cancelled due to the travel concerns after the 3 1/2-hour contest, so the Mustangs closed the opening weekend of play at 3-2.

Fourteen school single-game records were broken or tied in the melee as MSU set team standards for most at bats (53), most hits (21) and most total bases (41) in addition to the home run barrage.

In exchange, the Mustangs allowed the most doubles (7), hits (23), most runs (22) and most sacrifice flies.

Junior shortstop Katy Vandewater became the third player in program history to record five hits in a game, while senior catcher Kim Jerrick connected for two homers for the sixth time in her career.

Fittingly, SAU's Brooke Goad led off the game with a homer to right-center field as part of a three-run salvo for the Muleriders in the opening frame.

But the Mustangs answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the first before knotting the game at 4-4 on Katlyn Holmes' three-run blast in the second inning.

Vandewater, who fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, gave MSU its first lead of the game blasting her second homer of the weekend over the left-field fence in the third. The Mustangs extended the advantage to 7-4 on Jerrick's first homer of the game in the fourth.

Southern Arkansas answered with a Chelsea Ivy grand slam in the fifth inning to take brief 8-7 lead before the Mustangs tied the game on Haley Howerton's bases loaded walk in the bottom of the inning.

The Muleriders were on the verge of closing the game out by putting up four-spots in the seventh and eighth innings, but each time the Mustangs had an answer.

Jerrick and Kelley Schaefer each hit two-run homers to tie the game in the seventh, while Katelyn Vinson launched a three-run shot followed by consecutive doubles by Schaefer and Vandewater in the eighth.

The Muleriders (4-2) used a three-run double by Maddie Dow and two-run homer by Audrey Farfan to key a six-run 10th inning to finally put the game out of reach.

The Mustangs finished weekend play with 14 total home runs in five games hit by eight different players including three each by Jerrick and Schaefer.

Midwestern State is slated to play in the Southeastern Regional Invitational next weekend in Durant, Okla. The Mustangs open the tournament with games against Northeastern State and Arkansas Tech Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
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