MSU Roundup: Softball Falls in LSC Semi's

MSU Softball: Mustangs Fall to TWU in LSC Semifinals

Midwestern State gave an inch allowing No. 6-ranked Texas Woman's to take softball's version of a mile as the Pioneers plated six unearned runs in a fateful fourth inning to eliminate the Mustangs 10-7 in the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon at Schaeffer Park.

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The Mustangs appeared to seize control of the game in the bottom of the third as five straight MSU hitters reached base to force an early exit for TWU starter Larisa Garcia.

Kim Jerrick and Haley Howerton served back-to-back singles into the outfield before Courtney Bingham lined an RBI-single to right to drive in MSU's first run of the game.

Katelyn Vinson followed with a run-scoring single up the middle to plate Howerton to tie the game at 2-2 before Kelley Schaefer drew a walk to load the bases forcing Garcia's departure.

Christina Roosmalen greeted TWU reliever Katie Hines with an RBI-single to left field before Vinson scored when Shelby Carter grounded into a double play as the Mustangs carried a 4-2 advantage into the fourth.

Texas Woman's Kendra Sancet responded with a ground-rule double to right field as Vinson lost the ball in the sun then MSU starter Laci Belovsky plunked the next batter with a pitch.

Belovsky misplayed Ashley Maddox's sacrifice attempt on the next pitch allowing the Pioneers to load the bases with no outs. Still, MSU almost wiggled its way free.

Belovsky fanned Haley Colwell looking for the first out then reached out to redirect Bailey Vrazel's liner up the middle directly to Carter, who fired to the plate for the second out.

But MSU first baseman Christina Roosmalen couldn't make a play on Amanda Ruiz's slow chopper to first allowing a run to score as the flood gates opened for the Pioneers.

The next five hitters reached bases allowing TWU to stretch the lead to 8-4.

Hines settled in the circle delivering scoreless frames in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before the Pioneers tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh.

MSU rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh with the help of five balks, an RBI-triple by Schaefer and a run-scoring single by Chelsey Wall.

Jerrick, Bingham and Vinson paced the Mustangs' 10-hit attack with two hits each, while Belovsky took the loss to fall to 26-7 allowing 10 runs - four earned - on 15 hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

Texas Woman's advances to face West Texas A&M in the LSC Postseason Tournament final Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Lady Buffs defeated Angelo State 8-7 in Saturday's other semifinal contest.

MSU Track and Field: Flores Claims Bronze Medal at LSC Championships

Midwestern State's Ashley Flores claimed the bronze in the 5,000-meter run at the final day Lone Star Conference Track & Field Championships Saturday at Buffalo Sports Park.

The sophomore from Haltom City battled her way to time of 18:23.15 finishing third behind West Texas A&M's Brenda Sindet (17:48.11) and Angelo State's Emeline Crutcher (18:18.80) to claim just the second LSC Championship medal for an MSU athlete in the program's two-year history.

Brissia Montalvo struck silver in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase last year in Commerce.

The performance completed a solid day for Flores, who also finished sixth in the 1,500-meter run earlier in the afternoon with a time of 4:42.25.

Sophomore teammate Michelle Krezonoski added to the Mustangs' solid showing at the 5,000-meter distance scoring with a sixth-place finish at 18:39.44. She was followed by sophomore Janel Campbell (9th/18:52.89), junior Melody Caldwell (15th/19:21.26), freshman Mackensey Flores (27th/21:22.22) and freshman Carrie Finson (30th/23:33.55).

Other MSU finishers in the 1,500-meter run included freshman Ana Lopez (14th/5:03.46), freshman Tylo Farrar (18th/5:08.44), sophomore Cara Mack (21st/5:15.66) and freshman Katy Kipp (23rd/5:22.38).

Midwestern finishes the meet with 16 total points including scoring seventh-place finishes by Caldwell and Krezonoski Friday night in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase and 10,000-meter run, respectively.