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MSU Roundup: Women's Tennis Advance to Sweet 16!

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MSU Women's Tennis:

Midwestern State used strong doubles play and solid singles action to claim a 5-3 victory over St. Mary's to win the South Central Region 2 title in the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championships Saturday at the MSU Tennis Center.

The No. 27 Mustangs (17-6) picked up their second win this season over the No. 28 Rattlers (18-5) to advance to the Sweet 16 at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz., starting on May 8.

"It was an excellent win for our ladies, we have a really young team," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "They really stepped up to the challenge. I was really proud of the way we played doubles and I though we finished well."

Midwestern jumped out to the lead by taking the top two doubles points.

MSU's Sarita Adhikary and Lauren Pineda teamed to get by St. Mary's Mariana Rong and Ariana Saldana 8-6 at No. 1, while the Mustangs Madeline Schorlemmer and Kayla Casey beat the Rattlers Felicity Delgado and Cristina Lopez 8-5.

The Rattlers won at No. 3 doubles with Valintine Lambrechts and Joanie Bryant defeating the MSU duo of Fatima Clementino and KynZee Watson 8-4.

But the Midwestern lead evaporated when No. 29 Rong handed Adhikary a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 1 singles and Lopez beat MSU's Taylor Coffman 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.

That's when Casey stepped up at No. 3 singles.

Trailing 5-2 in the first set, the MSU freshman went on a tear, winning her next five games to take the first set over Delgado 7-5. Casey then won the second set 6-3 to even the match at 3-all.

"She's extremely coachable," Linn said. "We made some slight adjustments and she then won 11 of her next 14 games. It was big."

Clementino then added the No. 6 singles point for MSU with a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Bryant.

The Mustangs ended the match when Schorlemmer beat Lambrechts at No. 4 with a 6-1 second set after taking the first set 7-6 with a 7-4 tiebreak.

No. 5 singles was left unfinished as St. Mary's Saldana had won the first set 7-5 against Pineda, but the second was tied 4-4 when the match was called.

Midwestern State now awaits the winner of the South Region 1 at Barry (Fla.) in the Sweet 16 on May 8 at 2 p.m. Central Time in Surprise.

 

MSU Softball: Roosmalen Lifts Mustangs to Dramatic Win in Season Finale!

Shelby Carter's two-out, two-strike home run over the left-field fence forced extra innings in Game 2 Saturday at Poly Wells Field.

The dramatics set the stage for Christina Roosmalen's game winning leadoff homer in the top of the ninth inning allowing 17th-ranked Midwestern State to come away with an 8-7 over Abilene Christian to take the series.

The Wildcats rode a strong pitching performance by Caitlyn Crain to claim Game 1 by an 8-1 margin earlier in the afternoon.

Midwestern (41-14, 18-9) heads into next week's Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Mustangs take on No. 5-seeded Tarleton State at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Schaeffer Park as part of the LSC Spring Sports Festival in Canyon.

The winner moves on to face the victor of the Texas Woman's/Cameron matchup in the semifinal round Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The championship game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.

GAME 1: ABILENE CHRISTIAN 8, MIDWESTERN STATE 1

Abilene Christian's Caitlyn Crain allowed one run on seven hits and held Midwestern State without a home run for the first time in 25 games while leading the Wildcats to an 8-1 win.

Freshman Katelyn Vinson drilled a pair of doubles while going 3-for-3 at the dish. Her two-bagger to center field was the second of consecutive doubles in the fourth inning to plate Courtney Bingham giving the Mustangs a short-lived 1-0 lead.

The Wildcats struck for three runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth to tag MSU starter Kat Batey (16-7) with the loss. Batey allowed three earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and six walks.

GAME 2: MIDWESTERN STATE 8, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 7

Christina Roosmalen's leadoff homer down the left field line in the ninth inning lifted Midwestern State to an 8-7 win over Abilene Christian in the nightcap.

But it was Shelby Carter's ninth long ball of the season came with the Mustangs down to their last out and last strike in the top of the seventh to extend a back-and-forth game into extra frames.

Midwestern jumped out to an early lead on Kelley Schaefer's two-run double to center field in the first inning.

ACU rallied to take a 3-2 edge in the bottom of the frame highlighted by RBI-singles by Sara Vaughn and Lyndi Smith.

The Mustangs reclaimed the lead courtesy of Courtney Bingham's bases loaded triple in the second inning to surge to a 5-3 advantage.

But the Wildcats bounced back with three more runs of their own in the fourth inning to take a 6-5 advantage.

The teams exchanged runs in the sixth setting the stage for late inning dramatics by Carter and Roosmalen.

Freshman Laci Belovsky (25-7) allowed five earned runs on 14 hits with eight strikeouts in nine innings to claim the victory for MSU.

Carter paced Midwestern's 12-hit attack with three safeties while Schaefer and Haley Howerton had two hits each.