MSU Golf: Mustangs Lead at LSC Championship

Men: Gomez Leads Way after Day 1

Midwestern State freshman Santiago Gomez shot a blistering 4-under 68 in the second round of the Lone Star Conference Championship to put himself and the Mustangs in the lead after Monday's competition.
No. 23 Midwestern State posted a 297 as a team in the first round and followed it with a 292 in the second to lead the tournament at 13-over 589, 16 strokes ahead of No. 5 Abilene Christian in second and 21 in front of No. 24 Cameron in third.
Gomez' 68 was the best round of the tournament and added to his first round 73, put him at 3-under 141 heading into the final round at the par 72, 6988 yard Golf Club at Champions Circle.   Gomez holds a five stroke lead over four-time LSC Player of the Year Alex Carpenter of Abilene Christian who is a 2-over 146.
MSU has two other top five contenders and a fourth player in the top 10 after the opening two rounds.
Sophomore Derek Oland is tied for third at 4-over 148 after consecutive rounds of 2-over 74 on Monday, matching Texas A&M-Commerce's Kason Childress.
Senior Antonio Herran is in a fifth place tie at 5-over 149 after rounds of 77 and 72, while junior Jeremy LeGuen is tied for ninth at 7-over 151.  Freshman Ian Gallagher posted an 80-82 – 162 as well.
The Mustangs handled the windy conditions at the course across Texas 114 from Texas Motor Speedway.
One of the highlights of the second round was twin eagles by the Mustangs as Herran got the first 3 on the par 5 18th hole to go to even-par, and Oland followed about 25 minutes later with a second on the closing hole .
The Mustangs are playing for their first Lone Star Conference title in golf.
MSU tees off beginning at 10:48 on Tuesday in final round action.

Women: Klutts Leads Mustangs to 7-Stroke Lead

Midwestern State senior Taylor Klutts fired a 1-over-par 73 to lead the Mustangs to the top of the leaderboard at the midway mark of the Lone Star Conference Championship at the Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth.
The Mustangs, who have been the tournament runner-up the last two years, hold a seven stroke lead after posting a 311.  West Texas A&M is second at 318 and Tarleton State third at 319.
Klutts, a senior from Lake Kiowa /Callisburg, 1-over is one stroke off the pace, tied for second individually with Tarleton State's Isabell Jimenez-Perea and behind the even-par 72 of West Texas A&M's Glory Jangthongsiri.
Senior Lindsay Burkhart of Grapevine and sophomore Brenna Moore of Burkburnett are also in the top 10 individually, sitting in a tie for sixth at 6-over 78.
All five Mustangs are in the top 20, with senior Kendra Whittley of Wall in 16th at 82 and senior Lauren Romines of Lake Kiowa/Callisburg in 18th at 83.
The Mustangs are playing for their first Lone Star Conference championship in their just their fourth of women's golf.  MSU is currently 14th in the latest GolfStat rankings and are ranked fourth in the latest NCAA Division II South Central Regional rankings.
Midwestern opens final round play beginning at 9:20 on Tuesday.

Softball: Mustangs to Host Cameron Tuesday Night

No. 22 Midwestern State takes on Cameron in a Lone Star Conference contest Tuesday night at Mustangs Park. First pitch for the single game is set for 7 p.m.
The Mustangs (34-12, 11-7) ride a six-game winning streak into the game with wins of 10 of their last 11 games.
MSU is led by right fielder Katelyn Vinson who leads the Lone Star Conference with a .508 batting average. The freshman from Southlake collected hits in 16 of her last 17 games hitting .607 (34-of-56) with 13 homers and 37 RBIs over the stretch. She has amassed 16 homers while driving in 51 runs this season.
Vinson shares the team homer lead with junior catcher Kim Jerrick, who rides an 11-game hitting streak (.462, 4 HR, 18 RBIs) into Tuesday night's game against the Aggies. The junior from Belle Plaine is hitting .440 for the season with 48 RBIs.
Sophomore third baseman Kelley Schaefer adds to MSU's potent lineup with a .453 average with nine homers and a team-high 56 RBIs, while senior outfielder Courtney Bingham hits .397 with 20 doubles, four triples and three homers with 47 RBIs out of the No. 3 spot in the order.
Freshman Laci Belovsky leads the Mustangs in the circle with an LSC-high 20 wins while leading the league with five shutouts. Fellow frosh Kat Batey has won seven of her last eight decisions to move to 14-5 on the season.
The Mustangs top the LSC with a .370 batting average while slugging a program single season best 65 home runs.
Cameron (13-25, 6-12) suffered a three-game sweep at Abilene Christian last weekend after rolling off a season-long four-game winning streak with a victory over Tarleton State and three over Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Freshman second baseman Spencer Ferrell paces the Aggies with a .407 average with seven doubles out of the leadoff spot, while sophomore Tara Martini (.398, 4 HR, 31 RBIs) is hitting .545 (18-of-33) with three doubles, a homer and nine RBIs during a current 10-game hitting streak.
Freshman Sonora Zukerman leads Cameron with nine homers while senior Leslie Martini has accounted for six homers and team-best 38 RBIs.
Junior Samantha Betts (9-11, 4.20 ERA) is the Aggies' top option in the circle.
Midwestern State owns a 23-12 edge in the series including wins in eight of the last 10 meetings between the programs dating back to the 2010 season.