No. 19 Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament play
Friday afternoon against Tarleton State at Schaeffer Park. First pitch for the
first game of the second session is set for 4:30 p.m.
Early session games include Angelo State against Incarnate Word at 11:30 a.m. while West Texas A&M takes on Abilene Christian at 2 p.m. The final quarterfinal game pits Texas Woman's against Cameron at 7 p.m.
All games will be broadcast live on FoxSportsSouthwest.com.
The ASU/UIW and WTAMU/ACU winners square off in the first semifinal game Saturday at noon while the MSU/TSU and TWU/CU victors battle at 2:30 p.m.
The final is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.
Midwestern State (41-14) rolls into the postseason with wins in 17 of its last 20 games including a three-game sweep of Tarleton State in Stephenville back on April 12 and 13.
The Mustangs are paced by a quartet of All-Lone Star Conference first-team performers headlined by Freshman of the Year Katelyn Vinson, who is enjoying one of the best offensive campaigns in league history.
Vinson ranks fifth in NCAA Division II with a .513 average and is second in the nation with a 1.007 slugging percentage. The Southlake native ranks third in NCAA III with 21 homers while driving in 63 runs.
She is just the third player in the past 20 years to finish the regular season with a .500 batting average and is challenging the LSC's all-time single season mark of .517 set by East Central's Cherene Hiesl in 1997.
Junior catcher Kim Jerrick ranks fourth in the nation with 19 homers while driving in 54 runs from the leadoff spot. The Belle Plaine, Kan. native ranks seventh nationally with .573 on-base percentage and is second to Vinson in the LSC with a .436 batting average.
Sophomore third baseman Kelley Schaefer gives the Mustangs a clean sweep of the top three hitters in the league hitting .426 with six doubles, 12 homers and is second in the LSC with 67 RBIs.
Senior outfielder Courtney Bingham takes on a .392 average leading the league with 22 doubles with five triples, four homers and 59 RBIs.
Midwestern is paced in the circle by freshman Laci Belovsky who is second in NCAA Division II in wins while sporting a 25-7 mark. The Grangerland native tossed an LSC-best seven shutouts this season while posting a 3.22 ERA.
Tarleton State (26-22) swept its way past Incarnate Word last weekend in Stephenville to swipe the No. 5-seed away from the Cardinals.
Second-team All-LSC performer Arianna Rodriguez leads the TexAnns. The senior shortstop hits .369 with nine doubles and eight homers while driving in 41 runs, while All-LSC third-teamer Melody Mayse hits .349 with 10 doubles, seven triples and four homers from the leadoff position. The center fielder is also a perfect 16-of-16 on stolen base opportunities.
Junior Randi Fentress leads TSU in the circle with a 13-14 mark and a 3.37 ERA, while sophomore Brenna Hennan is 12-7 with a 3.87 ERA.
Midwestern State is 18-14 in 10 Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament appearances, but is 4-0 all-time against the TexAnns in tournament play. The Mustangs have won their last seven against Tarleton State and 11 of the last 12 meetings.
MSU is going for its 400th program win Friday since reviving the softball program in 2004.
Midwestern State is set to compete in the five mid- to long distance events at
the 2013 Lone Star Conference Track & Field Championships set for Friday and
Saturday at the Buffalo Sports Park.
All events will broadcast via live video stream on LoneStarConference.org.
The Mustangs compete in three events Friday night including the final runs of the 3,000-meter Steeplechase at 6 p.m. and 10,000-meter run at 8:35 p.m. while three student athletes compete in the 800-meter preliminaries at 7:45.
Junior Melody Caldwell owns MSU's top time in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase this season at 11:54.85 which rates as the fifth best time in the LSC this season. She is joined by freshman Tylo Farrar with a 12:22.79 personal best in the event.
Sophomore twins Michelle and Kim Krezonoski own the top two times in the league at the 10,000-meter distance at 38:11.89 and 38:32.52 this season while junior teammate Abigail Gonzalez adds the third best time at 38:56.22. They can expect a stiff challenge from Angelo State's Emeline Crutcher and Abilene Christian's Alyse Goldsmith, who will be making their first try at the distance this season.
Freshman Brittany Adams (39:59.19), junior Heather Owens (40:33.09) and freshman Maira Salinas (NT) will also compete at the 10K distance for MSU.
Freshman Ana Lopez (2:19.74), sophomore Cara Mack (2:24.68) and freshman Katy Kipp (2:32.85) will attempt to advance to the 800-meter finals set for Saturday at 6:45 p.m.
Other running finals set for Saturday evening include the 1,500-meter run at 5:45 p.m. and the 5,000-meter run at 7:25 p.m.
Sophomore Ashley Flores leads a pack of five MSU runners in the 1,500-meter run sporting the LSC's sixth best time this season with a 4:40.37. She is joined by Lopez (4:51.93), Farrar (5:03.11), Mack (5:11.27) and Kipp (5:23.96).
Flores will also make her first attempt at the 5,000-meter distance of the outdoor track season joining sophomore Janel Campbell (18:26.62), Kim Krezonoski (18:29.83), Michelle Krezonoski (18:38.59), Gonzalez (18:39.13), Salinas (18:51.77), Adams (18:53.65), Owens (20:09.02), freshman Mackensey Flores (20:18.36), freshman Carrie Finson (21:14.34) and Caldwell (NT).
The Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship closes with the team trophy presentation Saturday at 8:20 p.m.