Kelley Schaefer belted a pair of home runs to lead 22nd-ranked Midwestern State to a 6-5 win over Cameron Tuesday afternoon in Lone Star Conference play at Mustangs Park.
MSU claimed its seventh straight win and 11th in the last 12 games to improve to 35-12 on the season and to 12-7 in league play while Cameron dropped to 13-26 and 6-13.
Schaefer's 10th homer of the season - a two-run blast to right field - gave the Mustangs a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as MSU never trailed in the game.
Cameron scratched its first run of the game in the third inning when Tara Martini's double plated Claren Hurlbut to cut Midwestern's lead to 2-1.
The Mustangs answered in the bottom of the frame when Katelyn Vinson tucked a run-scoring single down the right-field line to score Courtney Bingham, who reached on a single to left field and stole second base.
The Aggies clawed back to within a run in the fourth on Micah Foutch's RBI-single to left-field to pull within 3-2.
MSU senior catcher Kim Jerrick extended her hitting streak to 12 games with a run-scoring single to right field to plate Roosmalen to push the advantage back to 4-2 before Cameron answered with Sonora Zukerman's 10th homer of the season in the sixth pull back to within 4-3.
Schaefer led off the bottom of the inning with her 11th homer of the season to center field and Vinson followed with a double to left then scored on a Roosmalen single to bump the advantage to 6-3.
The Aggies plated two more runs in the seventh before Laci Belovsky finished off her second save of the season.
Freshman Kat Batey improved to 15-5 in the circle allowing three runs - two earned - on three hits in four innings with two strikeouts and a walk before giving way to Belovsky, who allowed two earned runs on four hits over the final three innings.
Haley Howerton joined Bingham, Schaefer, Vinson and Roosmalen who all had two hits to pace the Mustangs' 13-hit attack.
Cameron's Samantha Betts took the loss to fall to 9-12 allowing three runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Midwestern State hosts Texas A&M-Kingsville in its home stand of the season this weekend at Mustangs Park. The teams play a pair of games Friday night at 5 and 7 p.m. before squaring off once on Saturday at noon.
Freshman Santiago Gomez stayed as hot as the weather Tuesday, firing a 4-under par 68 to lead his Midwestern State Mustangs to its first Lone Star Conference team championship and claim the individual title by seven strokes.
The Mustangs placed three players in the top five for All-Tournament recognition as MSU posted a 3-under 285 team score to finish at 874 to win the team title by 29 strokes.
Gomez made the par 72, 6988 yard Golf Club at Champions Circle his own, finishing at 7-under 209 with 13 birdies in the tournament. He bettered Abilene Christian's Corbin Renner, who fired a final round 5-under 67 to finish at even-par 216.
MSU Sophomore Derek Oland fired a 3-under 69 and finished third at 1-over 217, while MSU junior Jeremy LeGuen also posted a 3-under 69 to place fourth at 4-over 220. ACU's Alex Carpenter was fifth at 5-over 221 to round out the All-Tournament team.
"The kids were unbelievable today," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "We went in with a comfortable lead and instead of just trying to maintain it we just took off."
The Mustangs got a 79 from freshman Ian Gallagher to add to the team score, while senior Antonio Herran struggled to an 82. Still Herran finished in the top 15, placing 14th at 231, while Gallagher totaled 241.
Gomez recorded only one bogey in the round, that on the par 5 11th hole, while racking up five birdies, including the final hole.
"He is in a groove right now," said Ray. "He can make it look easy. He hit so many fairways and so many greens. He just really doesn't put himself in a bad position."
The Mustangs earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II West/South Central Super Regional to be played May 6-8 at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.
The Midwestern State Mustangs slipped in the final round of the Lone Star Conference Championships, while Tarleton State saved its best for last in posting the tournament's best round to win its sixth straight LSC title.
The Mustangs followed Monday's 311 with a 317 on Tuesday, while the Texans threw up a 287 for a 616 final score. MSU was second at 628, while West Texas A&M was third at 636. It's the third consecutive year the Mustangs have finished second in the championship.
"Obviously, we're disappointed with the way we played today," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "We struggled a bit throughout, but give Tarleton credit. They played great."
MSU was led in the second round by sophomore Brenna Moore who shot a 6-over 78, matching the round of senior Kendra Whittley at the par 72, 5863 yard Golf Club at Champions Circle.
Senior Taylor Klutts, who went into the day trailing the lead by one stroke, shot an 81 to finish at 10-over 154 in fourth. Moore totaled 156 for sixth and Whittley tied for ninth at 160.
Senior Lauren Romines posted an 80 on Tuesday to finish at 163 in 19th, while Lindsay Burkhart tallied an 83 to finish in 15th at 161.
West Texas A&M freshman Glory Jangthongsiri won individual honors, firing a 1-under 71 in the final round to post a 1-under 143 total. Tarleton State's Isabell Jimenez-Perea was second a 3-over 147, with TexAnn Jacqueline Lau third at 9-over 153.
"While we are disappointed, we know we have regionals in front of us and we'll get ready for it," Ray added.
The Mustangs, who were ranked fourth in the last NCAA Division II West Region rankings, are expected to be selected for the West Regional Tournament to be held at the Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction, Colo., May 5-7.