MSU Softball Places Five on All-Region Squad

If Brittney Tanner and Mallory Mooney have felt slighted when it comes to postseason awards during stellar collegiate careers at Midwestern State, it has certainly felt justified.
The duo, which finally earned first-team All-Lone Star Conference North Division nods this season, have now reached another personal milestone.
Tanner and Mooney joined teammate Elena Bennett in being named Daktronics All-South Central Region first-teamers Wednesday morning as voted by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.
The trio gained a spot on the ballot for the All-America squad which will be released later this month.
Tanner was named South Central Region Pitcher of the Year after leading the region with 29 wins and 319 strikeouts while posting a 1.46 ERA in 229 2/3 innings. The senior from Burkburnett is second in NCAA Division II with 13 shutouts.
Tanner's previous career honors include a second-team All-LSC North pick as a pitcher and designated player in 2010. The 2011 LSC North Preseason Pitcher of the Year also developed into a middle of the order bat, hitting .322 with five doubles, five homers and 19 RBIs this season.
Mooney was a first-team Daktronics all-region pick this season after being named to the second team following each of her first two collegiate campaigns.
The junior from Mesquite is hitting .361 with 17 doubles while setting program single-season marks with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs.
In the field, Mooney rates among the very best collegiate third basemen in the game. She has committed just eight errors in 419 chances at the hot corner for a fielding percentage of .981.
Mooney was an All-LSC North honorable mention as a freshman and received no mention last season despite hitting .343 with seven homers and 40 RBIs.
Bennett gained Daktronics All-South Central first-team honors after hitting .437 with three doubles, a triple and seven RBIs while scoring 55 runs and stealing a school record 39 bases.
The sophomore center fielder from Carrollton set a program record and leads the region with 87 hits.
The Mustangs also placed senior pitcher Kristina Gutierrez and freshman catcher Kim Jerrick on the second team.
Gutierrez posted a 21-4 record with a 1.57 ERA while posting 12 shutouts. The Pearland native has posted 232 strikeouts including 10 games with 10-or-more strikeouts. She has allowed two-or-fewer hits in 10 of her 28 starts this season.
Jerrick, a native of Belle Plaine, Kan., posted a .340 batting average with seven doubles and 10 home runs while driving in 43 runs.
Midwestern State takes on West Texas A&M in the NCAA Division II South Central Super Regional series Friday afternoon at Mustangs Park. First pitch is set for 5 p.m., weather permitting.
The series is set to conclude with Game 2 Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The if-necessary game would follow at 4:30.