Luke Joyce, Elena Bennett and Shelbi Stewart were presented The Marie Morgan Award as Midwestern State's Outstanding Student-Athletes at the annual MSU Student-Athlete Awards Banquet Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The award is presented to the most outstanding student-athlete at MSU for their tireless efforts on behalf of his team and the entire program and for exemplary participation throughout the community on behalf of Midwestern State University.
Joyce, a four-year letter winner in men's tennis, led the Mustangs to its Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament championship since 2006.
The South African native garnered LSC Co-Player of the Year honors and is ranked 44th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and ninth in NCAA Division II with doubles partner Colby Meeks.
Joyce is a three-time All-LSC performer in singles and twice earning league laurels in doubles.
Bennett is a four-year starter for the MSU softball team earning Daktronics and National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association All-America accolades while helping the team a national semifinalist showing in 2011.
The Carrollton Creekview High product finishes her career as the program's all-time leader in batting average (.396), stolen bases (124) and runs scored (174). Bennett also ranks second with 265 career hits.
She played a key role in leading MSU to 108 wins spanning the 2010 and 2011 seasons which was the most in collegiate softball as the Mustangs claimed South Central Regional crowns in each of those seasons.
Stewart, also a four-year letter winner, garnered All-Lone Star Conference first-team acclaim as a senior last fall leading the team with 276 kills.
The Pflugerville native finished her career fourth on the all-time kills list with 1,024.
Stewart was twice named to the LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Mustangs Spirit Awards were presented to avid MSU supporters Dan and Sue Shine and Bud and Novella Francis.
Men's Basketball and women's Cross Country/Track earned the Community Service Team awards.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee also announced the best teammate award for each of the 12 programs as voted by their peers.
No. 17-ranked Midwestern State crushed three home runs but it wasn't enough to overcome Cameron's big fourth inning as the Aggies came away with a 6-5 win in Game 1 Wednesday in Lawton to snap the Mustangs' 10-game winning streak.
MSU junior catcher Kim Jerrick led off with her 19th homer of the season, then senior outfielder Courtney Bingham drilled her fourth long ball of the season to culminate a three-run fourth to stake the Mustangs to a 4-0 lead.
Midwestern freshman Kat Batey held the Aggies to three hits over the first three innings and appeared to have worked her way out of a one-out single to Stephanie Anderson in the fourth when Micah Foutch lined out for the second out of the inning. But Jill Ledford drew a five-pitch walk allowing Cameron to turn over the order.
And the Aggies cashed in.
Leadoff hitter Spencer Ferrell sent a two-run single through the left-side of the infield and Carley Allerheiligen reached on an infield single to plate another run to pull Cameron to within 4-3 before Tara Martini launched a three-run home run to right field to give Cameron its first lead of the game at 6-4.
Senior first baseman Christina Roosmalen answered with her seventh homer of the year in the fifth to pull MSU back to within a run at 6-5, but that's as close as it would get.
Cameron's Samantha Betts didn't allow a hit the rest of the way to improve to 10-14 while allowing five earned runs on six hits with six walks and two strikeouts.
The Mustangs did have the tying run thrown out at the plate in the top of the seventh. Freshman outfielder Katelyn Vinson and Shelby Carter reached on consecutive two-out errors as Vinson was tagged out at the plate trying to score on an outfield miscue all the way from first base.
Haley Howerton joined Roosmalen with two hits each to pace MSU's six-hit attack.
Batey suffered her first loss in her last six decisions to fall to 16-6. The Plano product allowed six runs - all earned - on seven hits in four innings.
Midwestern State slipped to 38-13 on the season and to 15-8 in LSC play while Cameron improved to 14-29 and 7-16.
Freshman Katelyn Vinson hit two homers and Laci Belovsky weaved her Lone Star Conference-leading seventh shutout of the season to lift No. 17 Midwestern State to an 8-0 win over Cameron in Game 2 Wednesday afternoon at Cameron Field.
Vinson became the first player in MSU program history to stroke 20 homers in a season delivering a three-run blast in the third inning and a solo shot in the seventh to help the Mustangs improve to 39-13 on the season and to 16-8 in league play.
The Southlake product connected on 15 of her 20 home runs over her last 20 games and remains one ahead of teammate Kim Jerrick, who struck for her 19th homer of the season in Game 1 Wednesday at Cameron.
The Mustangs remain second in NCAA Division II behind Humboldt State with now 79 home runs this season. The Lady Jacks have amassed 88 homers this season. MSU needs 12 more long balls to match the all-time LSC mark of 91 set by Angelo State in 2009.
The Mustangs drew first blood on Courtney Bingham's RBI-single up the middle in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.
Bingham started a two-out rally in the third with a single to right field before Kelley Schaefer singled through the left side to set up Vinson's 19th homer of the season over the left-field fence to advance the MSU lead to 4-0.
The Mustangs tacked on three more runs in the fifth highlighted by Christina Roosmalen's two-run single up the middle to push the advantage to 7-0 before Vinson closed out scoring with a leadoff homer in the top of the seventh.
Belovsky scattered seven hits and fanned two to improve to 23-7 on the season.
Bingham and Vinson paced a 13-hit MSU attack with three safeties each while Roosmalen and Chelsey Wall had two hits each.
The Mustangs improved to 39-13 on the season and 16-8 in league play while Cameron dropped to 14-30 and 7-17.
Midwestern State bumped ahead two more spots to No. 17 in the latest National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Wednesday afternoon.
MSU (38-12) matched their longest winning streak of the season at 10 games with a sweep of Texas A&M-Kingsville last weekend at Mustangs Park. Midwestern has won 15 of its last 16 games and is 19-3 since suffering a campaign-long five-game skid from March 16-23.
The Mustangs are one of five teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 5 West Texas A&M (39-8), No. 8 Texas Woman's University (40-11) and No. 12 Colorado Mines (33-4-1) while St. Mary's (Texas) is receiving votes.
Midwestern State closes the regular season this week with five games, including the two Wednesday in Lawton.
The Mustangs battle Abilene Christian for a single game Friday beginning at 6 p.m. at Poly Wells Field before closing with a doubleheader on Saturday commencing at noon.