MSU: Four Mustangs on Coaches' All-Region Squad

Midwestern State placed four players on the National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association All-South Central teams as released Thursday afternoon.
Senior pitcher Brittney Tanner, junior third baseman Mallory Mooney and sophomore outfielder Elena Bennett earned first-team honors while sophomore outfielder Courtney Bingham was named to the second team.
The trio which also earned Daktronics first-team all-region honors earlier this week, moves on to 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 South Central 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 in 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 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.
Bingham, who missed 19 games due to injury midway through the season, garnered second-team honors after hitting .366 with 10 doubles, five triples and two homers with 40 RBIs.
The Arlington native led the nation in RBIs and triples per game prior to suffering the injury on March 6 against Arkansas Tech. She would return to action on April 12.
Midwestern State takes on West Texas A&M in the NCAA Division II Super Regionals Friday and Saturday at Mustangs Park. The best-of-3 series opens Friday at 5 p.m. then concludes with a possible two games Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
The winner advances to the NCAA II College World Series next week in Salem, Va.

Tennis: Stipanic, Zaputovic earn All-Academic Honors

Midwestern State senior tennis players Vjekoslav Stipanic and Bo Zaputovic were selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 College Division Men's At-Large Team announced today.
The Capital One All-District Team is selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Stipanic, a senior from Tivat, Montenegro, lead the way on the squad for the Mustangs. The two-time Lone Star Conference Academic Player of the Year and three-time LSC All-Academic team member sports a 3.80 grade point average in mechanical engineering. Stipanic also won the Marie Morgan Award as MSU's outstanding male student-athlete earlier this year.
Zaputovic, a senior from Tivat, Montenegro who graduated from Maryville (Kan.) High School, who was also on the LSC All-Academic team, has a 3.57 GPA in business.
The pair were two of the four tennis players chosen to the squad, that also include three golfers and three swimmers from the district that includes all non-NCAA Division I institutions in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Both advance to the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Men's At-Large ballot.