MSU Roundup: Softball Sweeps UT-PB

Wall Sparks 7th-Inning Rally in Game 1

With Midwestern State down to its last strike in Game 1 Tuesday afternoon at Mustangs Park against Texas-Permian Basin, Chelsey Wall delivered.
The freshman from Keller's third home run of the season - a two-run shot to left field in the seventh inning - sent the game to extra innings before Haley Howerton's sacrifice fly scored Laci Belovsky with the winning run to give the Mustangs a 3-2 win in eight innings.
Texas Permian Basin had managed a pair of solo homers by Chelsey Morgan and Nikki Brailford to take a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning.
The advantage looked to be enough for UTPB starter Desiree Valero, who limited the Mustangs to five hits over the first six innings without ever extending to a three-ball count.
Valero appeared to work though Courtney Bingham's one-out double to left field getting Christina Roosmalen to swing and miss at a 1-2 rise ball to get the Mustangs down to their final out.
But Wall fouled off two pitches then connected on the game-tying blast to left field to force extra innings.
Then in the eighth, Kim Jerrick reached on a bunt single to move Belovsky, who had been placed on second for the international tiebreaker, to third. Howerton followed with a towering fly ball to center field to plate the winning run.
MSU starter Kat Batey allowed two runs on five hits in eight innings to earn the win to improve to 12-5. The Plano Senior High product notched five strikeouts and walked one.
The Mustangs improved to 30-12 on the season while Texas-Permian Basin slipped to 10-29.

MSU Rolls Past UTPB in Game 2

Midwestern State crushed three homers including a walk-off grand slam by Katelyn Vinson to roll to an 8-0 run-rule win over Texas-Permian Basin in five innings of Game 2 Tuesday afternoon at Mustangs Park.
The Mustangs, who have now won seven of their last eight, improved to 31-12 on the season while UTPB dropped to 10-30.
Vinson's 14th homer of the season also helped the Mustangs break a program single-season record with the team's 61st long ball of the season which is one better than the 2011 squad.
MSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Vinson sacrifice fly in the first inning then extended the advantage to 2-0 on the strength of Courtney Bingham's third homer of the season in the third frame.
Freshman shortstop Shelby Carter tacked on her ninth homer of the season with another solo shot in the fourth before the Mustangs erupted for five runs in the fifth.
Laci Belovsky stroked a leadoff double to left field then UTPB reliever Janessa Martinez hit consecutive batters to load the bases. Bingham pushed across a run on an infield single before sophomore third baseman Kelley Schaefer was robbed of extra bases on a nice diving grab by Texas-Permian Basin left fielder Taleas Marble.
Then Vinson waited on a 3-2 slow change-up and clubbed it over the left-field fence to end the game.
Belovsky notched her Lone Star Conference leading fifth shutout of the season to improve to 19-7. The freshman from Grangerland allowed four hits while striking out four and walking one in five innings.
Bingham paced MSU's seven-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
The Mustangs return to LSC play with a weekend series against Tarleton State in Stephenville. The teams play a pair of games Friday night beginning at 5 p.m. before facing off in a single game Saturday at noon.

Men's Golf Finishes 3rd at DBU Classic

High winds gave the Midwestern State Mustangs fits on Tuesday, as it took the team half the course before coming to grips with it as MSU slipped to finish third at the Dallas Baptist Classic at the Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas.
The Mustangs, who started the day with a three-stroke lead, saw it evaporate as they stumbled by shooting 24-over as a team on the front side.  But they recovered on the back nine, dropping just one more stroke to par as they tallied a 313 for the final round and 893 for the tournament.
"We just didn't handle the wind well," said MSU assistant coach Chester Butts.  "We buried ourselves on the front nine, but I was really proud how we came back on the back nine to keep third in the 16 team field.
Oklahoma Christian won the team event with an 887 after a 304 in the final round, four strokes better than Dallas Baptist at 891 after a 303, and  six better than MSU at 893.
Midwestern was led by sophomore Derek Oland and freshman Ian Gallagher, who each posted a 5-over 77 in the final round, while freshman Santiago Gomez added a 6-over 78.  Senior Antonio Herran carded an 81, while Jeremy LeGuen posted an 87.
Oland and Gomez finished tied for 13th at 224, while Herran tied for 19th at 226.  LeGuen dropped to 29th at 229 and Gallagher finished at 237.
Abilene Christian's Alex Carpenter won the individual title with a 6-under 210 overall after firing a 2-under 70 in the final round.  Cameron's Trey Lawson also shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 1-under 215 in second, while St. Edward's Andres Rodas, St. Mary's Chris Contreras and Oklahoma Christian's Alasdair Dalgliesh were third at 2-over 218.
The tournament snapped the Mustangs string of five straight first or second place finishes.
The DBU Classic was the Mustangs final competition before the Lone Star Conference Championships next Monday and Tuesday at the Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth.

Moore Leads MSU at U.S. Women's Invitational

The Midwestern State Mustangs held their ground on Tuesday, finishing seventh at the United States Women's Invitational at the Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte, N.C.
The Mustangs added a second round of 320 to finish their first 54-hole tournament of the season at 959, six strokes better than St. Leo (Fla.) in eighth at 965 and five strokes behind Flagler (N.C.) at 954 in sixth.
"We struggled with the length of the course," said MSU coach Jeff Ray of the par 72, 6,094 yard Pine Island layout.  "Then we didn't play our short game like we usually do.  And we left a lot of strokes on the greens."
The Mustangs were paced by sophomore Brenna Moore who tallied another round of 6-over-par 78 to tie for 13th at 235 for the tournament.
Senior Taylor Klutts shot an 80, while seniors Lindsay Burkhart and Kendra Whittley each contributed an 81.  Senior Lauren Romines chipped in an 83.
Whittley finished in 26th with a 54-hole total of 241, as Klutts posted a 244, Romines a 245 and Burkhart a 246.
Florida Tech turned in the best round of the tournament in the final 18, firing a 299 to slip past Florida Southern 918-to-919.  Barry (Fla.) was third at 931.
Individually, Florida Tech's Jessica Hook won the event at 9-over 225, just one stroke better than a four-way tie for second at 10-over 226 between Florida Southern's Barbara Vejlupkova, Newberry's Lisa Brandl, Flagler's Olivia Ferrer and teammate Rachel Polson.
The Mustangs are in action again next Monday and Tuesday at the Lone Star Conference Championships at the Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth.