Midwestern State played its own version of home run derby while sweeping a twin bill against Henderson State (Ark.) by scores of 10-5 and 10-1 in five innings Tuesday afternoon at Dee White Field in Arkadelphia.
The Mustangs connected on a pair of homers in the opener before slugging a program record five long balls in the second game to improve to 27-11 on the season.
Freshman shortstop Shelby Carter cranked a three-run shot as part of a five-run first inning in Game 1 to kick start the Mustangs as Kelley Schaefer broke out of a slump with a two-run single as the first of her three hits in the game.
Henderson State used back-to-back homers by Hali Kizer and Sarah Gipson in the third inning to pull to within 5-3, but MSU freshman Katelyn Vinson keyed a three-run fourth with a two-run single to left field to push the lead to 8-3.
Schaefer tacked on a solo homer to center field in the sixth while starting pitcher Laci Belovsky drove in another run with a double down the left-field line in the seventh.
Belovsky improved to 16-7 in the circle yielding five earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
The Mustangs erupted for three, two-run homers by Courtney Bingham, Vinson and Kim Jerrick as part of a seven-run breakout in the fourth inning of the night cap.
Schaefer tacked on another two-run bomb and Carter bashed a solo shot to close out the scoring in the fifth inning.
Freshman Kat Batey claimed her fourth straight victory in the circle to improve to 11-4. She allowed one run on eight hits while strikeout out four in five innings.
Midwestern State returns to Lone Star Conference play this weekend against Texas Woman's University. The teams play a single game Friday at 7 p.m. before closing the three-game set with a twin bill Saturday at noon. All games are set for Mustangs Park.
Kaitlyn Vinson's unstoppable binge netted the freshman from Southlake Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week honors Tuesday as released by league officials.
Vinson hit a robust .737 with six homers and 14 RBIs while leading the Mustangs to a 4-2 showing last week against Central Oklahoma, Incarnate Word and Ouachita Baptist.
The designated player posted a 1.789 slugging percentage connected on six homers in a six-game stretch with bombs in four consecutive contests including a two-homer effort Saturday at Incarnate Word.
Vinson has posted multiple hits in each game of a career-best eight-game hitting streak while hitting .720 (15-of-25) with two doubles and seven homers while driving in 15 runs. She leads all Lone Star Conference active hitters while ranking ninth in the nation with a .506 batting average.
Vinson is the second freshman in MSU program history to mash 10 homers.
Incarnate Word's Briana Sanchez and Angelo State's Sandra Serna shared top pitching honors.
Midwestern State closes a memorable 2012-13 campaign with its highest national ranking as an NCAA Division II program as the Mustangs finished 19th in the final USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll released Tuesday afternoon.
MSU claimed its first Lone Star Conference title since 2001 and advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Region finals before falling to No. 8 Colorado Mesa 69-65 in Grand Junction.
The Mustangs return 14 of 15 letter winners next season off of a team that posted a 26-6 mark including a 16-4 run through the Lone Star Conference.
Sophomore forward Andrea Carter garnered Daktronics All-America honorable mention averaging 13.4 points and 10.6 rebounds a game while posting 18 point-rebound double doubles.
Junior guard Kirsti Degelia earned Daktronics All-South Central Region second-team accolades after leading the Mustangs with 16.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game including eight 20-point performances.
The Mustangs received votes in the national poll during eight reporting periods and twice checked in at No. 25.
Midwestern is one of six teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the final poll of the season joining No. 8 Colorado Mesa while Metropolitan State (Colo.), St. Mary's (Texas), Abilene Christian (Texas) and Texas-Permian Basin received votes.
The No. 27 Midwestern State Mustangs won their fifth straight on Tuesday, dispatching Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-1 in Lone Star Conference play at the MSU Tennis Center.
The Mustangs (11-5, 3-1) were in control the entire match against the Javelinas (1-8, 0-5).
"Our girls did a great job in the match today," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "We got a lot of confidence in the way we won this one."
MSU made quick work of the doubles.
The Mustangs top team of Sarita Adhikary and Lauren Pineda handled the Javelinas' Mariaxi Herrera and Marija Dimitrovska 8-3. MSU's No. 2 team of Madeline Schorlemmer and Kayla Casey took down Tabata Cervantez and Victoria Rios 8-2, while Taylor Coffman and Fatima Clementino shutout Ashton Garcia and Alexandra Carillo 8-0.
The wins caused the Mustangs to make changes in their lineup and allow some players to get some time.
Adhikary kept her No. 1 position and won 6-0, 6-2 against Herrera, while Coffman at No. 2 fell in three sets to Dimitrovska 6-4, 2-6, 10-7.
But spots 3-6 were shaken up and the Mustangs ran with it.
Clementino moved up to No. 3 from No. 6 and beat Cervantez 6-2, 6-0.
Kendra Casey jumped in at No. 4 to beat Rios 6-0, 6-1, while Payton Scharfenberg played her first match this spring at No. 5 and beat Garcia 6-1, 6-1. Laure Morimont stepped in at No. 6 to defeat Carillo 6-0, 6-0.
"We have a lot of great tennis players and this was a chance to let them shine," said Linn. "It shows how deep we are."
The Mustangs travel this weekend for a pair of out-of-region, non-conference matches starting with Washburn in Topeka, Kan., on Friday afternoon.
The No. 9 Midwestern State Mustangs bounced back from a sub-par first with the best round of the tournament as the Mustangs finished second at the Southwest Classic at the Tierra Verde Golf Club.
The Mustangs posted a 296 for the second round on the par 72, 5,997 yard course to finish at 606, seven strokes behind No. 12 Dallas Baptist, the tournament host, at 299. MSU was two strokes ahead of Northwood (Texas) at 608 and four in front Oklahoma Christian at 610 at the top of the nine-team field.
"We got it going back today," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "Our girls really bounced back and I believe that it's an indication that we're back on track."
The round actually started on Monday as the teams played the first nine holes worried about potential weather problems on Tuesday.
"The round started well yesterday and we carried it on," said Ray.
Senior Taylor Klutts led the Mustangs with a 1-under-par 71 in the final round, the best individual round for the tournament. She finished fourth individually at 2-over 146.
"Taylor's been playing with great confidence over the last month," said Ray.
Senior Lauren Romines added a second 75 to her score for a 6-over 150 to tie for seventh, while senior Kendra Whittley posted a 77 for a 9-over 153 for a tie at 13th.
Sophomore Brenna Moore rebounded from the first round with a second round 1-over 73 to finish at 157, and Lindsay Burkhart posted a 78 for a 165.
Playing as an individual, freshman Kynze Mann shot 79 to finish 30th at 159.
"We know we have to have two good rounds to compete and I think we got a good wake up call here," Ray added.
Individually, DBU's Mercedes Rios shot a 1-under 71, matching Klutts, to finish even at 144 and tie Oklahoma Christian's Anna Arrese Cortadel. Rios beat Cortadel in a playoff for the individual title. Northwood's Fariza Zain was second at 1-over 145 followed by Klutts.
The Mustangs play again next Monday and Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., in the U.S. Women's Invitational hosted by Belmont Abbey.
This summer marks the third year of The Elite College Soccer ID Camp, hosted by Midwestern State University featuring the men's soccer staff from June 28-30.
The Elite College Soccer ID Camp believes "the game is the best teacher." The same philosophy will be applied at this combine. The focus of the activities will be learning through play. Enrollment in the camp will be extremely limited to allow individual attention for each player from the staff of college coaches.
There will be five sessions with a combination of small sided and full 11 vs. 11 games as the core of the combine's curriculum. Players should plan on arriving Friday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the hotel for check-in.
Then at 7 p.m. there will be a College Night where players and parents can ask questions to the staff about what to expect during the recruiting and college experience.
On the field sessions will begin Saturday morning.