Morningside went 1-2 in Friday’s games at the Cowtown Classic softball tournament in Fort Worth, Texas.
Morningside, ranked 15th nationally in the NAIA, dropped its season’s opener by a 14-4 verdict against No. 2 Columbia. The Mustangs rebounded with a 6-4 triumph against Kansas Wesleyan before they ended the day with an 8-4 loss against Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Columbia outhit the Mustangs by a 15-5 margin and benefitted from four Morningside errors that led to six unearned runs.
The game was tied 2-2 through four innings before Columbia scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning to take the lead for good. Leading 7-4, the Cougars broke the game open with a seven-run seventh inning that featured a two-run home run by Molly Carter.
The Mustangs tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning when Tracey Edwards led off with a walk and scored on a two-out single by Carson Cameron.
Cameron put the Mustangs ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning with a sacrifice fly that plated Mara Amsberry, who had reached base with a leadoff walk.
Cameron had two of the Mustangs’ five hits with a pair of singles. The Mustangs’ other hits were singles by Edwards, Cortney Joiner and Mackenzie Lose.
Abby Conner provided the key hit in the Mustangs’ victory against Kansas Wesleyan when she slugged a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to stake them to a 6-2 lead. The game was tied 2-2 going into the inning before the Mustangs took control with a four-run inning. The Mustangs broke the tie when Edwards singled and came home on a ground rule double by Lexie Stolen. Conner followed with her three-run blast that plated Stolen and Amsberry, who was on base after an error.
Morningside took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Edwards led off the game with a triple and came home on a single by Amsberry.
The Mustangs made it 2-0 in the top of the second when Lose doubled to set up a RBI single by Kelsey Spongberg.
Edwards had two of the Mustangs’ six hits with a triple and single. The Mustangs’ other hits were a home run by Conner, doubles by Stolen and Lose, and singles by Amsberry, Cameron and Spongeberg.
Winning pitcher Andrea Medinger allowed four runs on six hits over the first five innings. She walked one and struck out six. Suzanne Ras allowed one hit and walked two over two scoreless innings to pick up a save.
The Mustangs had five hits against Oklahoma Wesleyan, including a pair of singles by Edwards. The other hits were singles by Lose, Amsberry and Jess Walker.