Hallie Misiaszek pitched a no-hitter in the opener and came back to twirl a three-hitter in the nightcap when 25th-ranked Morningside swept Concordia 8-0 in six innings and 5-1 in Tuesday’s GPAC softball doubleheader at the Riverside SYA Complex.
The sweep raised the Mustangs’ record to 17-8 overall and 5-1 in the GPAC standings.
Misiaszek enticed the Bulldogs’ hitters to pop up to the infield eight times in her abbreviated six-inning no-hitter in the opener. She walked two and struck out three.
The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Tracey Edwards led off with an infield single, was sacrificed to second by Mara Amsberry and came home on a single by Carson Cameron.
Morningside made it 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning when Abby Conner delivered a two-run single. Her hit plated Abby Taylor, who was hit by a pitch, and Edwards, who reached base on a fielder’s choice.
The Mustangs broke the game open with a three-run fifth inning that featured a two-run single by Lexie Stolen and a steal of home by Carson Cameron to go up 6-0.
The Mustangs scored a pair of unearned runs, the final run scoring on a RBI single by Stolen, in the bottom of the sixth to finish the Bulldogs off by the eight-run rule.
Cameron, Conner, Stolen and Mackenzie Lose all had two singles to pace an 11-hit Morningside offensive attack.
Misiaszek continued to mow down the Concordia hitters in the nightcap. After Hhano Haro slugged a two-out double in the first inning for the Bulldogs’ first hit of the doubleheader, Misiaszek proceeded to retire the next 15 Concordia batters in a row before Mackinsey Schmidt singled with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. Misiaszek lost her shutout one batter later when pinch-hitter Daleney Nance doubled to left field to drive in Schmidt.
Misiaszek finished with a three-hitter with no walks and three strikeouts.
The Mustangs posted another wire-to-wire victory in the nightcap after they took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Morningside loaded the bases on singles by Amsberry and Cameron and a walk to Conner set up a RBI fielder’s choice by Lose.
The Mustangs stretched their lead to 2-0 in the third inning when Edwards crushed a double over the center fielder to start the inning and came home on a two-out dropped fly ball in the infield.
Morningside made it 3-0 in the fourth inning when Stolen hit a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jayci Hinker.
After Concordia closed within 3-1 in the top of the sixth, the Mustangs answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame when Lose and Stolen blasted back-to-back home runs to put the Mustangs in front 5-1.
Stolen went two-for-three with a home run and triple to pace the Mustangs’ offensive attack. The Mustangs also had extra base hits from Lose with a home run and Edwards with a double.
The Mustangs will play a GPAC doubleheader at city rival Briar Cliff on Wednesday.