Morningside’s nationally ranked softball team went 2-1 in Friday’s opening day of the McPherson College Tournament in McPherson, Kan.
The Mustangs, ranked 15th in the NAIA, won their first two games by scores of 9-2 against Bethany and 5-2 against Bethel before they dropped a 6-3 verdict against the tournament hosts.
Morningside will take an 8-4 record into Saturday contests against York and Friends.
Hallie Misiaszek struck out 12 batters in the win against Bethany. She scattered eight hits and walked two while improving her record to 4-2.
Rachel Macias and Ashton Whited starred at the plate for the Mustangs. Macias had two hits and three RBIs, while Whited slugged a pair of doubles and drove in two runs. The Mustangs also had two-hit performances from Mackenzie Lose and Lexie Stolen.
Leading 2-1, the Mustangs broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the third inning. Whited provided the big blow with a two-run double.
Tracey Edwards went three-for-four to pace an eight-hit Mustang offensive attack against Bethel. Stolen added two hits with a double and single.
Winning pitcher Paige Lansink allowed two runs on four hits over the first 5.1 innings. Lansink walked four and struck out eight. Andrea Medinger allowed two hits and struck out a batter in a 1.2-inning scoreless relief stint to pick up a save.
Morningside opened the scoring with a four-run second inning that featured RBI singles by Edwards, Rebecca Riley and Mara Amsberry.
The Mustangs’ fielders committed five errors, paving the way to five unearned runs, in the loss against McPherson.
Stolen, Lose and Jess Walker all had two hits for the Mustangs, who finished with nine hits. Walker had the Mustangs’ only extra base hit of the game with a double.
Mustang pitcher Alex Nelson scattered nine hits in a six-inning complete game effort.