Midwestern State plays host to Texas A&M-Kingsville in its final home series of the regular season as part of its Swing for the Cure effort Friday night at Mustangs Park.
Admission is free for Friday night's doubleheader with the Javelinas. The team will accept donations with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for cancer research. First pitches are set for 5 and 7 p.m.
The series concludes with Senior Day on Saturday with a noon start time. MSU honors seniors Megan Chartier, Elena Bennett, Carey Campbell, Courtney Bingham and Christina Roosmalen prior to the contest.
The Mustangs (35-12) ride a seven-game winning streak into the weekend series with victories in 11 of their last 12 games.
Freshman slugger Katelyn Vinson paces the No. 2 offensive attack in NCAA Division II with a .512 average with eight doubles, 16 homers and 52 RBIs while sophomore third baseman Kelley Schaefer leads the squad with 59 RBIs powered by a .458 average with five doubles and 11 home runs.
Junior catcher Kim Jerrick carries a current team best 12-game hitting streak into the series. The Belle Plaine, Kan. native boasts a .435 average with 15 doubles, 16 homers and 49 RBIs.
Bingham is hitting .571 during her current seven-game hitting streak to raise her average to .400. The Arlington product accounts for 21 doubles, four triples, three homers and 47 RBIs.
The Mustangs lead NCAA Division II with a .591 team slugging percentage and are second in the nation with 67 home runs.
Freshman Laci Belovsky leads MSU in the circle with the fourth most wins in NCAA Division II. The Grangerland product is 20-7 with a 3.53 ERA. Fellow frosh Kat Batey has won eight of her last nine decisions to improve to 15-5 on the season while posting a 5.19 ERA.
Texas A&M-Kingsville (12-31) lost 20 of its last 22 games including a 2-18 mark in Lone Star Conference play.
Senior shortstop Rose Stubbs paces the Javelinas with a .395 average with five doubles, three triples and one home run out of the leadoff position.
Stubbs is the lone TAMUK player boasting better than a .300 average as junior first baseman Adela Gomez leads the squad with nine homers and 38 RBIs out of the No. 3 spot in the order.
The Javelinas hit .261 as a team with a total of 14 homers this season.
Senior Denise Arnold leads Texas A&M-Kingsville in the circle posting a 6-16 mark with a 4.20 ERA, while sophomore Katrisha Arocha is 6-14 with a 5.01 ERA.
Midwestern State dropped to fifth in the West Region in the second NCAA Division II Women's Golf Rankings released by the NCAA Women's Golf Committee.
St. Edward's of the Heartland Conference is first, followed by Tarleton State of the Lone Star Conference, Grand Canyon (Ariz.) of the Pacific West Conference and Dallas Baptist of the Heartland. Midwestern State is fifth, followed by Newman (Kan.) of the Heartland in sixth.
The Pacific West is ranked next with Cal State-Monterey Bay seventh, Academy of Art (Calif.) eighth, Sonoma State (Calif.) ninth, and Chico State (Calif.) 10th.
The PWC's Cal State-East Bay and the LSC's Angelo State are tied for 11th.
This is the second of three regional rankings issued by the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Committee prior to announcing the field for the NCAA Tournament on Monday, April 29. The top nine teams and four individuals not on those teams from the region will be selected to play in the NCAA Division II West Regional is May 5-7 at the Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction, Colo. There are no automatic qualifiers to the women's tournament.
The top three teams and top three individuals from the regional tournament advance to the NCAA Division II Championship May 15-18 at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Mustangs are off until the regional tournament.
Midwestern State senior Luke Joyce was named a Lone Star Conference Player of the Year and joins senior Colby Meeks and freshman Kyle Davidson on the All-Lone Star Conference Tennis Team.
The team is selected by the conference head coaches.
Joyce, a senior from Johannesburg, South Africa, joined Abilene Christian senior Hans Hach as the LSC Players of the Year. Both were named to the All-LSC Team in singles and doubles.
Joyce is ranked 44th in singles by the ITA and part of the ninth ranked doubles team that has led the Mustangs to a 16-5 record and is tied for second in the LSC at 1-2. Joyce played exclusively at No. 1 in both singles and doubles for MSU.
Joyce was also named to the LSC's All-Academic Team.
Meeks, a senior from San Angelo, Texas/Central, is the second half of the ninth ranked doubles team that sports a record of 16-3 this season, all at No. 1 doubles. In addition to being named to the All-LSC team in doubles, Meeks was selected as an honorable mention in singles.
Davidson was named to the All-LSC team in singles and is one of the Lone Star Conference Freshmen of the Year. He sports a 13-8 record in singles and is 15-6 in doubles.
Also named Freshmen of the Year are Dennis Merdan of Cameron, Nicklas Wingord of Abilene Christian and Tucker Brown of Incarnate Word.
The LSC Newcomer of the Year is Jair Assuncao of Incarnate Word. Cameron's James Helvey is the LSC Coach of the Year.
Also named as All-LSC in singles are Nicolai Ferrigno, Duje Janjic and Dennis Merdan of Cameron, Guilherme Gesser of Abilene Christian and Assuncao and Leonard Ivic of Incarnate Word.
Also chosen to the All-LSC squad in doubles are Hach and Gesser, along with teammates Jason Practor and Borja Cortes from ACU, and DeLeon and Ivic from UIW.
The Mustangs open play in the Lone Star Conference Tournament semifinals at the Southlake Tennis Center in Southlake, Texas, on Friday at 1:30 against Cameron. The winner meets the winner of the Abilene Christian vs. Incarnate Word semifinal on Saturday at noon in the tournament championship match.