MSU Roundup: National Honors for Mustang Athletes

Vinson Takes National Weekly Honor

Katelyn Vinson garnered National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association National Hitter of the Week honors Wednesday.
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.
She added her 11th homer of the season Tuesday at Henderson State extending her collegiate-best hitting streak to 10 games.
Vinson is the second freshman in MSU program history to mash 10 homers.

Thomas Earns More All-America Honors

Midwestern State senior Corbin Thomas was tabbed an honorable mention All-American Wednesday morning by the Division II Bulletin.

The accolades adds to the 6-8 forward from Chicago's impressive postseason resume. Thomas garnered NABC All-America status earlier this month after earning Daktronics All-South Central Region first-team honors.

This is the fifth consecutive season MSU has placed a member on the Division II Bulletin squad as Thomas joins Nolan Richardson (HM in 2009), Craig Green (HM in 2010), Chris Hagan (HM in 2011) and Michael Loyd (HM in 2012).

Thomas, a All-Lone Star Conference first-team selection and Co-Newcomer of the Year, notched 11 double-doubles while leading the Mustangs to their fifth conference title in the last seven seasons averaging 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds a game.
The one-year transfer from Missouri State poured in 20 points five times this season and booked at least 10 points in 25 of 31 games including a season-best 27-point, 18-rebound effort in MSU's LSC-clinching victory over Texas A&M-Commerce on Feb. 20 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Thomas' leadership helped Midwestern earn an at-large bid to participate in the NCAA Division II South Central Regionals for the fifth consecutive season.
Other members from the South Central Region receiving mention on the team included Sr. Mary's (Texas) Kevin Kotzur (second team), Metro State's Jonathan Morse (second team) and Cameron's Craig Foster (fourth team).