Bailey Hartman and Angela Brazil knocked in a pair of runs apiece to lift Midland University to an 8-5 win over 25th-ranked Morningside recently at Christensen Field.
The Mustangs earned a split by defeating the Lady Warriors 11-3 in six innings of the second game. Midland, 20-11 overall, is in third place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with a 7-3 league mark. The Mustangs, 20-9, and Northwestern, 23-6, are tied for first with a league record of 8-2.
Midland trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth before scoring four times.
Sierra Athow led off the inning with a double and moved to third on Bobbi Singleton’s single. Hartman’s ground out brought in one run before Andrea Cespedes singled to put runners on the corners. After a fly out, Brazil followed with a two-run triple. She later came home on Nicole O’Haver’s single.
The Lady Warriors stretched the lead to 8-2 in the fifth.
Athow doubled and moved to third on a Singleton single. Hartman followed with a RBI single. Two outs later, Brazil walked to load the bases. Junior Jamie Phares then connected for a two-run single.
Midland withstood a three-run home run by Gothenburg native Rebecca Riley in the top of the seventh to wrap up the win.
Athow had three hits to lead Midland’s attack. Singleton, Hartman and Cespedes had two hits apiece. MU had 12 hits in the victory.
Jaylee Hinrichs earned the complete game win. She struck out 10 while allowed four earned runs on seven hits and three walks. It was the 10th time this season Hinrichs has reached double figures in strikeouts.
In the second game, Ashton Whited had a two-run single and Jayci Hinker hit a three-run homer in an eight-run third for the Mustangs. Riley capped the scoring for the inning with a solo blast.
Midland scored twice in the bottom of the inning. With two out, O’Haver reached on a bunt single. Katlin Anders then tripled her home. She later scored on Athow’s single.
Morningside scored once in the fifth and the Lady Warriors got a run in the bottom of the inning on Anders’ RBI single.
Morningside scored two more times in the sixth and the game ended in bottom of the inning on the mercy rule.
Madison Plummer took the loss. She allowed five earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in 5 1/3 innings. Stephanie Norrick also pitched.
Paige Lansink got the win. She worked all six innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk. She didn’t strike out a batter.
Midland will play a doubleheader at 5 Tuesday night in Seward against Concordia, 16-14 overall and 5-5 in the league.