Nationally ranked Morningside extended its winning streak to six games when it swept city rival Briar Cliff 8-1 and 6-4 in 10 innings in Wednesday’s GPAC softball doubleheader at Briar Cliff.
The Mustangs, ranked 25th in the NAIA, climbed to 19-8 overall and 7-1 in the GPAC for first place in the league standings.
Mustang ace Hallie Misiaszek, who twirled a no-hitter and was the winning pitcher in both games in a Tuesday sweep of Concordia, picked up two more victories against the Chargers to raise her season’s record to 14-3. She hurled a complete game three-hitter in the opener and did not allow an earned run in 6.2 innings of relief in the nightcap.
Morningside had to overcome an early 1-0 deficit and a no-hit bid from Charger pitcher Isabella Gonzalez to win the opener. Briar Cliff took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Nicole Wiles led off with a single and scored on a one-out triple by Summer Williams.
Gonzalez took a 1-0 lead and a no-hitter into the top of the sixth inning before the Mustangs finally broke through with three runs to chase Gonzalez from the game. Mara Amsberry started the rally when she was hit by a pitch for the third time in the game. Carson Cameron then singled to left field to break up the no-hitter and Mackenzie Lose walked one batter later to load the bases for Lexie Stolen with two outs. Stolen delivered in the clutch with a two-run double to left field that put the Mustangs in front 2-1. Lose scored the third run of the inning after a passed ball.
Briar Cliff’s infield defense collapsed in the top of the seventh when the Mustangs scored five runs without the aid of a hit to put the game away. The Chargers committed five errors in the inning, including a stretch where fielding miscues allowed three consecutive Morningside batters to reach base.
Misiaszek did not allow a hit after the third inning and finished with a complete game three-hitter. She walked four and struck out five.
The double by Stolen and single by Cameron in the sixth inning were the Mustangs’ only hits. Although the Mustangs had only two hits, they put the ball in play and went through the game without a strikeout, which helped lead to six Briar Cliff errors.
The Mustangs scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning to break a 3-3 tie in the nightcap. Amsberry plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly before Abby Conner blasted a two-run home run with Cameron onboard after a double.
Briar Cliff scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 3-3 and force extra innings. The Chargers scored their tying run on a two-out passed ball.
The Mustangs trailed 2-1 through four innings before a two-run fifth put them ahead 3-2. The guests did all of their damage with two outs when Tracey Edwards and Amsberry hit back-to-back singles to set up a two-run double by Cameron.
Morningside scored its first run of the game in the top of the second when Ashton Whited was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single by Jayci Hinker.
Cameron had two doubles, while Stolen and Edwards each contributed a pair of singles to lead a 10-hit Morningside offensive attack. Conner had the Mustangs’ only extra base hit with her 10th inning home run.
Misiaszek allowed a pair of unearned runs and five hits in her 6.2-inning relief stint to get the win. She struck out three and walked one.
The Mustangs will travel to Fremont, Neb., on Friday for a 1:30 p.m. GPAC doubleheader against Midland.