MSU Picks Up Multiple Awards

Midwestern State's Courtney Bingham and Kristina Gutierrez garnered Lone Star Conference North Division Player of the Week honors Wednesday afternoon when the league announced its weekly awards.
Bingham garnered top hitting honors hits .463 with a double, four triples and a homer to drive in a team-high 15 runs to lead the Mustangs to the best start in program history at 11-1.
The sophomore from Arlington was named MVP of the Texas A&M-Kingsville Invitational hitting .500 with 10 RBIs to help MSU to a 5-1 showing last weekend as she became just the third player in school history to hit two triples in a single game.
Bingham also drew five walks to amass a .522 on-base percentage and has collected hits in 10 of MSU's 12 games this season.
Gutierrez gained top pitching honors after posting a perfect 5-0 mark with a 1.47 ERA including a pair of shutouts against Southeastern Oklahoma and Southern Arkansas.
The senior from Pearland has allowed just seven runs and 25 hits in 33 1/3 innings and has been exceptional in the strike zone.
Gutierrez posted 48 strikeouts and walked just two batters while limiting the opposition to a .207 batting average.
Midwestern State kicks off its home schedule by playing to the first of three invitationals this season at Mustangs Park.
The Mustangs, who moved up eleven spots to #12 in the latest NFCA Division II poll, battle Texas Woman's University and Eastern New Mexico Friday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively then close the tournament against Missouri Southern and Drury on Sunday.

MSU Places Three on USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association named three Midwestern State student-athletes to its 2010 Division II All-Academic status.
The freshman trio of Ashley Flores, Janel Campbell and Cara Mack helped the Mustangs to their third consecutive Lone Star Conference title while advancing to the NCAA Division II Championships for the second time in program history.
Flores, who is undecided in major, earned LSC Freshman of the Year honors while competing as MSU's No. 3 this season. The Haltom High product finished ninth in the LSC Championships, 16th at the NCAA II South Central Regional and 99th in the NCAA Division II Championships.
Campbell, a nursing major, surprised as the No. 4 runner for a team that finished 17th in NCA Division II. The Ingram High School product boasted five Top 15 finishes individually.
Mack, who is undecided in major, delivered countable performances in three meets this season including a 16th-place showing at the LSC Championships. The Llano High product boasted a top finish of sixth place at the MSU Cross Country Carnival.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team in Division II, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or greater through the most recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition and placed in the Top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships.