MSU Roundup: Softball Earns Split with #7 TWU

Midwestern State outlasted No. 7-ranked Texas Woman's University 14-13 in eight innings to claim a Lone Star Conference series win Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park.

The win avenged the worst loss in MSU program history earlier in the afternoon when the Pioneers cruised to a 15-1 run-rule victory in five innings.

The Mustangs moved to 29-12 on the season and to 8-7 in league play, while TWU went to 34-9 and 12-3.

Junior catcher Kim Jerrick connected on a pair of solo home runs in the fourth and sixth inning while freshman designated player Katelyn Vinson launched a two-run shot for her 13th bomb of the season in the fifth as Midwestern plated six runs in the fourth, two in the first, third and fifth and another in the sixth.

But TWU's Kendra Sancet highlighted a four-run seventh with a two-run shot to send the game into extra innings tied at 13-13.

Freshman outfielder Haley Howerton delivered the deciding blow, tucking a run-scoring single inside the left-field line to plate Laci Belovsky, who reached on a leadoff walk and moved to second on Jerrick's intentional pass.

Sophomore third baseman Kelley Schaefer logged four hits to pace MSU's 14-hit attack while Jerrick went 3-for-4 with a pair of walks. Vinson and Courtney Bingham added two hits each.

Belovsky endured 12 earned runs on 16 hits with two strikeouts and seven walks to improve to 18-7 in the circle.

Sancet went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in six runs while Jordan Readicker tacked on a three-run homer of her own pace TWU to a 15-1 win in Game 1 Saturday.

Senior pitcher Katie Hines limited the Mustangs to one run on four hits with four strikeouts to improve to 10-2 in the circle for the Pioneers.

Freshman outfielder Chelsey Wall accounted for the Mustangs' lone run with a solo homer to left field in the third inning, while Jerrick had a pair of doubles to go 2-for-3.

Midwestern State plays host to Texas-Permian Basin Tuesday afternoon at Mustangs Park in a Swing for the Cure contest. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

M. Tennis Wins 3rd Straight, 7-2 Over Southwest Baptist

No. 24 Midwestern State won its fourth straight Saturday afternoon as the Mustangs beat No. 39 Southwest Baptist 7-2 at the SBU Tennis Courts.

The Mustangs (15-5) have won nine of their last ten matches, while handing the Bearcats (7-6) their second loss in their last three matches.

"I was happy with the way we played today," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "We played fundamentally solid tennis against a team that is used to winning, especially at home."

"We got into some tight situations today where we needed to turn the match, and our guys stayed locked in and didn't get too emotional. It let us make adjustments."

The Mustangs grabbed two of the three doubles points, but lost at No. 1 as Domingos Carissmo and Omar El Kheshen beat No. 9 Luke Joyce and Colby Meeks 9-7.

Carissmo, ranked 35th by the ITA, beat No. 44 Joyce 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 1 singles for the Bearcats only other point.

The Mustangs triumphed at all the other spots.

Kacper Bobobrykin and Tomas Grejtak won at No. 2 doubles over Daniel Cardona and Alex Belote 8-3, and Kyle Davidson and Austin Crawford were successful at No. 3 with an 8-1 win over Guido Margiotta and Jordan Ward.

Boborykin also won at No. 4 singles over Belote 6-3, 6-2.

"Kacper played great for us this weekend," said Linn. "We asked him to play doubles, something he hasn't been doing for us, and he stepped it up. It's a challenge to play both singles and doubles, and he came through for us."

Davidson also won a big point at No. 2, with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over SBU's El Kheshen.

MSU completed the sweep with Franko Siljeg's 6-2, 6-3 win against Margiotta at No. 5, and Crawford's 6-1, 6-4 win against Ward at No. 6.

The Mustangs end the regular season next weekend when they host St. Edward's for Senior Day on Sunday, April 14. First serve at the MSU Tennis Center is 1 p.m.

W. Tennis Snaps SBU's 14-Game Win Streak, 6-3

The No. 27 Midwestern State Mustangs handed the No. 35 Southwest Baptist Bearcats their first loss of the season, snapping SBU's 14-match winning streak with a 6-3 win at the SBU Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon.

The Mustangs won their seventh straight to go to 13-5 overall, while the Bearcats fell to 14-1 this season.

"This was a total team effort," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "We competed well today and were rewarded with a good win."

Linn commended the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams for MSU for turning their matches around to take the early 2-1 lead over the Bearcats.

Kayla Casey and Madeline Schorlemmer won the extended No. 2 point 9-7 over Adrienn Kovacs and Faiga Schmidt, while Taylor Coffman and Fatima Clementino won at No. 3 over Mehak Singh and Andejela Panovski 8-6.

SBU scored at No. 1 as Fanni Varga and Christina Zentai downed Sarita Adhikary and Lauren Pineda 8-2.

Casey got the first point in singles at No. 3 when Zentai was forced to withdraw. Casey won the first set 6-2, but Zentai led 2-0 in the second when an injury forced the stoppage.

The key match was at No. 4 where freshman Schorlemmer beat SBU's Kovacs 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (8-6).

"Madeline trailed 5-2 in the last set and battled back to win in the tiebreak," said Linn. "She really showed her competitive spirit."

Pineda came through with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Schmidt at No. 5, as Clementino beat Panovski 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6.

SBU scored in the top two singles points, with No. 39 Varga beat Adhikary 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 1 spot, and Singh won at No. 2 over Coffman 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

"We wanted to compete and stepped up," Linn added. "We still haven't played our best tennis yet, but we keep getting better and need to."

MSU returns to the court next Saturday in a pivotal Lone Star Conference match against Tarleton State. First serve is 10:30 a.m. at the MSU Tennis Center.

Track: Caldwell, Farrar lead Mustangs at North Texas Spring Classic

Midwestern State's Melody Caldwell and Tylo Farrar notched season-best times in the second heat of the 1,500-meter run at the North Texas Spring Classic Saturday afternoon at Fouts Field in Denton.

Caldwell paced a 5:02.08 to narrowly miss her PR of 5:01.38 set at the 2012 Kansas Relays to take 10th place overall just ahead of Farrar, who clocked a 5:03.11 in her first attempt at the distance as a collegian.

Sophomore Cara Mack clocked her fastest 1,500-meter time since 2011 at 5:11.27 to finish 17th while freshman Katy Kipp was 25th with a time of 5:23.96.

Freshman Carrie Finson finished ninth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 21:14.34.