MSU Roundup: Softball Falls at Texas Tech

Christina Roosmalen provided Midwestern State's only offense in a 10-2 loss to Division I Texas Tech Tuesday night at Rocky Johnson Field in Lubbock.
The junior first baseman from Plano hammered a first-pitch fastball over the center field fence for a two-run blast to break up the Lady Raiders' no-hit bid in the fifth inning. It was her third home run of the season.
Senior left fielder Nicki Duff added an infield single in the sixth inning to account for the Mustangs' lone safeties of the contest as the Mustangs slipped to 14-18 on the season.
Midwestern State returns to Lone Star Conference play with a three-game series at Texas Woman's University beginning with a single game Friday at Pioneer Field. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. The teams wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
Texas Tech extended its winning streak to 10 games by walloping six home runs including four off of MSU starter Lindsi Glenn who took the loss to fall to 12-9 on the season. Glenn surrendered seven runs - three earned - on eight hits with one strikeout and two walks over four innings.
The Lady Raiders (27-7) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on back-to-back homers by Raven Richardson and Melisa Ryba.
Adriana Perez extended the lead to 3-0 with a leadoff homer to right field in the third inning then highlighted four-run TTU fourth with a three-run blast to left field to push the advantage to 7-0.
Former Henrietta High School standout Taylor Powell added a solo shot in the sixth while Cydney Allen added another solo blast to cinch the run-rule win in the sixth.
MSU freshman Brenna Hennan came on to pitch the final inning allowing three runs on three hits with two walks.
Cara Custer hurled four hitless frames to earn the win for Tech to improve to 15-5 on the season.

Women's Tennis: #28 DBU Edges #35 Mustangs, 5-4

The Midwestern State Mustangs played hard back home at the MSU Tennis Center on Tuesday, but just couldn't shake off the Patriots of Dallas Baptist who came from behind to grab a 5-4 victory from the Mustangs on Tuesday afternoon.
No. 35 MSU fell to 5-8 on the season, while the 28th ranked Patriots improved to 12-1 overall.
"We put ourselves in a position to win, and that's what we haven't done lately," said Coach Scott Linn.  "We're a young team and this was a learning experience."
The Mustangs opened the match by claiming two of the three doubles points for a 2-1 advantage, but saw DBU claim four of the six singles points to grab the win.
Rozike van Rensburg and Kendra Casey both got a pair of wins for the Mustangs.
Van Rensburg got the point at No. 1 singles by beating Natalie Gennissen 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 and teamed with Lindsey Buenger to win at No. 3 doubles over Leah Smith and Arianne Goddard 8-3.
Casey had no problem with Goddard at No. 5 singles, winning 6-3, 6-3 and paired with Taylor Coffman at No. 2 doubles to crack Leah Rutt and Katie Daugherty 8-3.
But Coffman fell to Daugherty at No. 4 singles 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and Buenger lost to Smith at No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-3.
Lindsey Holcomb and Sarita Adhikary dropped the No. 1 double point to Gennissen and Hannnah Innes 8-2, before Adhikary fell to Innes at No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-3.
Holcomb battled it out at No. 2 against Rutt, winning the first set 6-2, but falling 4-6 in the second.  In the deciding set, Holcomb got up 5-4 over Rutt, but lost three straight games to fall 7-5.
"It was the best match at doubles for van Rensburg and Buenger this season," Linn started.  "And Rizzo (van Rensburg) was solid at the top."
"Even though they didn't win, Holcomb and Coffman played well and battled hard."
Midwestern returns to action on Thursday at 3 p.m. against Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

W Golf: Klutts, Whittley Strong in Bluebonnet Classic

Midwestern State's Taylor Klutts and Kendra Whittley finished second and third individually, but it wasn't enough to keep the Mustangs on top of the leaderboard as the Mustangs slipped to third at the Northwood's Bluebonnet Classic at the Tangle Ridge Golf Course in Grand Prairie.
The Mustangs, who led after the first round, posted a 310 as a team for a 618 to finish three strokes behind Western Texas Community College who fired a tournament-low 302 to finish at 615.  Lubbock Christian added a 305 for a 617 total to edge MSU by one stroke for second.
Klutts shot a final round 3-over-par 75 to finish at 5-over 149, two strokes behind Lubbock Christian's Anna Schopp who won the tournament at 3-over 147.
Whittley posted a four-over 76 to total 6-over 150 to join a three-way tie for third with Dallas Baptist's Erin Barrington and WTCC's Stephanie Bertelsen.
MSU got a third top 10 finish with Brenna Moore who toured the par 72, 5,875-yard course with a 7-over 79 to tie for ninth at 156.
Lindsey Burkhart posted 164 for the tournament after an 80 on Tuesday, while Lauren Romines repeated her 83 from the opening round for a 166.
Playing as an individual, Brittany Smith rebounded from the first round with a 79 to stand at 172.
Midwestern takes next week off before facing a strong regional tournament field at Tarleton State's Doc Housewright Invitational in Granbury on April 9 and 10.

M Golf: Mustangs Take Fourth in North Alabama

Paced by freshman Derek Oland's 2-over-par 74 in the final round, the Midwestern State Mustangs finished fourth in a strong field at the University of North Alabama Spring Classic on Tuesday at the Fightin' Joe Course of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals.
Oland finished with a 3-over 219 for the tournament to finish in a sixth place tie.
He spurred the Mustangs to a 294 on the day and a fourth place 889 tournament.  Host North Alabama won the team title with a 5-under 859.  MSU was just four strokes behind Wilmington (Dela.) who placed second with an 885 and three behind Huntingdon (Ala.) at 886.   MSU was two better than Northern Kentucky, 10 ahead of Missouri-St. Louis and held a double-digit stroke advantage over Cameron, Central Missouri and the rest of the 17 team field.
"We played three solid rounds against a great field on a super course," said Coach Jeff Ray.  "We were hurt by not getting a quality fourth score."
The Mustangs Sam Smith, who was tied with Oland in fifth after the first two rounds, ballooned to a 7-over 79 in the final round for an 8-over 224 for the tournament to tie for 23rd.
Jeremy LeGuen followed his second round 71 with a third round score of 2-under-70 to tie for 31st at 10-over 226.  Raine Copeland fired a 1-over 73 to finish at 228, with Brett Perry posting a 5-over 77 to finish at 235.
"Derek put together another impressive tournament," Ray began.  "Sam played well except for the back nine in today's round.  Jeremy had two great rounds including today's."
"Several of the guys will come out of this one with confidence, by playing well in different rounds.  We just have to string 'em all together."
North Alabama's Ricky Stimets scorched the course, firing a 4-under 68 in the final round to win the individual honors going away at 11-under 205.  Joe Migdal of Central Missouri was second at 2-under 214, with UNA's Tyler Chandler finishing at 1-under 215 in third.