MSU Roundup: Hoops & Softball

MEN'S HOOPS: Mustangs roll past Paul Quinn in regular season finale, 105-77

Midwestern State's Corbin Thomas poured in a game-high 22 points to lead a group of six Mustangs in double figures in a 105-77 win over Paul Quinn (Texas) in the regular season finale Sunday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

MSU heads into the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament as the top seed and will face Texas A&M-Commerce Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Allen (Texas) Event Center.

Thomas connected on 9-of-11 shots and completed his 10th double-double of the season with 13 rebounds in 29 minutes while junior guard Cam Adderley notched his first double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.

The duo helped the Mustangs post a +20 rebound margin for the seventh time this season taking a 64-38 edge over the Fighting Tigers.

Midwestern used a 16-1 run midway through the first half to extend a narrow 16-14 lead into a 32-15 advantage when Thomas put back Chris Buttermore's missed free throw at the 9:19 mark.

The Mustangs would push the edge to 60-34 when Buttermore converted a steal into a layup 33 seconds before intermission.

MSU led by as many as 33 in the second half after Kevin Grayer hit a layup in transition with 15:13 to play.

Grayer connected on 6-of-9 shots to finish with 12 points and four assists. Freshman guard Conner Geiser chipped in a season-high 12 points off of the bench while Derek Kaster and Keith Spellman had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Aaron McCuin paced Paul Quinn with 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Fighting Tigers dropped to 13-17 on the season.

SOFTBALL: PERFECT KAT! Batey shuts down OPSU, 9-0

Midwestern State's Kat Batey retired all 15 batters she faced as the Mustangs rolled to a 9-0 run-rule win over Oklahoma Panhandle State Sunday afternoon in the Courtyard by Marriott Invitational.

The freshman from Plano notched six strikeouts delivering the fifth perfect game in MSU softball history and joined Katie Petersen as the lone hurlers to accomplish the feat. Petersen weaved four perfect games from 2007-10.

Batey won her third straight decision to improve to 7-2 in the circle while earning her second shutout of the season.

And she got plenty of help from her hot hitting teammates.

Junior catcher Kim Jerrick led off the game with her seventh home run of the season to match former All Americans Mallory Mooney and Kristen Stonecipher for the career homer lead at 28.

The Mustangs pushed the lead to 3-0 on Kelley Schaefer double down the left-field line in the first inning before the sophomore third baseman highlighted a four-run second inning outburst with a two-run shot to left field to push the MSU advantage to 7-0.

The Mustangs pushed across two more tallies in the third produced on a one-run double by freshman Harley Hooks and a Shelby Carter sacrifice fly.

It was the second consecutive no-hitter by an MSU pitcher following Laci Belovsky's gem in an 8-0 five inning win over St. Mary's (Texas) Saturday afternoon.

Senior center fielder Elena Bennett had three hits to pace MSU's 11-hit attack while matching MSU single-game mark for stolen bases with four for the second time this season.

SOFTBALL: Mustangs pound NSU to claim tournament title

Midwestern State blitzed Northeastern State with 15 hits on its way to a 14-0 run-rule win in five innings to claim the Courtyard by Marriott Invitational title Sunday afternoon at Mustangs Park.

It was MSU's fourth-straight run-rule victory as the Mustangs improved to 16-4 on the season including wins in all five tournament games over the weekend.

Junior catcher Kim Jerrick and senior right fielder Courtney Bingham had three hits each while Elena Bennett, Shelby Carter, Christina Roosmalen and Katelyn Vinson all accounted for two safeties as the Mustangs posted runs in each of their four innings at the dish.

Roosmalen highlighted a three-run first with a two-run single to left field while Vinson followed with an RBI-double to the left-field gap.

Jerrick manufactured another run in the second reaching on a single to center field and stole second before coming plate ward on Bingham's first of two doubles of the game.

The Mustangs erupted for nine runs in the third highlighted by a two-run double by Bingham while Carter belted her first collegiate homer and added a run-scoring double in the frame to push the MSU lead to 13-0.

Bingham drove in the final run of the contest with a single up the middle to plate Harley Hooks in the fourth.

MSU freshman Laci Belovsky allowed three hits while posting her second consecutive shutout. The Grangerland product recorded four strikeouts and no walks.

Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference play with a three-game set next weekend at Eastern New Mexico. The Mustangs play a doubleheader at 2 and 4 p.m. on Friday before playing a single game Saturday at 1.

MEN'S GOLF: Mustangs lead way after opening round at Las Vegas Desert Classic

Midwestern State senior Antonio Herran fired a 3-over-par 75 to take the Mustangs to the first round lead at the Las Vegas Desert Classic at the Revere Golf Club.

The Mustangs hold a five-stroke lead after posting an opening round 310, five strokes better than West Florida at 315 in second, eight better than Southeastern Oklahoma State in third with a 318 and nine in front of fourth place Valdosta State (Ga.) round of 319.

The windy conditions on the par 72, 7143 yard Lexington Course, were so strong that tournament officials cancelled the scheduled second round and shortened the tournament to 36 holes.

"It was a test of mental focus today," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "Then it came down to luck. Antonio was 2-under with four holes to play and all four were directly into the wind."

MSU redshirt freshman Santiago Gomez posted a 5-over 77, while sophomore Derek Oland and freshman Ian Gallagher each tallied 7-over 79. Junior Jeremy LeGuen added an 85.

"We did a good job of hanging in there today," Ray said. "It could have been real ugly out there today in those conditions. Some of the teams didn't handle it well."

The final round of the tournament is Monday.

WOMEN'S GOLF: Mustangs lead after opening round at Las Vegas Desert Classic

Led by senior Taylor Klutts tournament leading 79, the Midwestern State Mustangs hold the first round lead as a team at the Las Vegas Desert Classic at the Revere Golf Club.

Battling windy conditions that went from 10-15 miles per hour to a near gale at 25-40, the eighth ranked Mustangs posted a 321 as a team to hold a seven shot lead on second place Grand Valley State (Mich.) at 328 and 18 strokes over third place Indianapolis (Ind.) at 339.

"Our kids did a great job of staying focused and calm in the conditions," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "I'm very proud of the team and the way they handled the situation. Our experience really paid off today."

Klutts 7-over-par 79 was the best round of the day on the par 72, 6094 yard Concord Course, tied with GVSU's Kelly Hartigan. She's one stroke better than seniors Kendra Whittley and Lauren Romines who both carded 8-over 80 to tie for third. Senior Lindsay Burkhart added an 82 to tie for eighth, while sophomore Brenna Moore chipped in an 87 that is 24th in the field.

"The wind was so brutal that getting a bogey on some of the holes was an accomplishment," Ray added.

The final round of the tournament is Monday.