MSU Roundup: Bingham, Vinson Earn LSC Postseason Honors

MSU Softball: Bingham, Vinson Named to LSC Postseason All-Tournament Squad

Midwestern State's Courtney Bingham and Katelyn Vinson were named to the Lone Star Conference Postseason All-Tournament Team Saturday afternoon.

Texas Woman's University defeated West Texas A&M 7-2 in the tournament final to claim its first postseason tournament title.

Bingham extended her current hitting streak to eight games by going 4-for-7 with a double and a triple while driving in five runs. The senior from Arlington drove in four runs in MSU's 11-5 win over Tarleton State Friday afternoon then went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 10-7 loss to Texas Woman's.

Vinson upped her season batting average to .516 by going 3-for-5 with a pair of walks and three RBIs. She is a single point behind LSC single season record holder Charene Hiesl of East Central. Heisl finished the 1997 campaign with a .517 batting average.

Vinson and Hiesl are the only players in league history to finish regular season play with better than a .500 batting average.

Angelo State, who fell 8-7 to West Texas A&M in the semifinal round, placed senior catcher Kacie Easley and senior outfielder Amanda Wilhelm on the squad, while West Texas A&M was represented by third baseman Jessica Sipe, shortstop Alyssa Lemos, outfielder Renee Erwin and pitcher Hannah Newcomb.

Texas Woman's representatives included first baseman Kendra Sancet, second baseman Amanda Ruiz, designated player Katie Hines and outfielder Haley Colwell. TWU pitcher Larisa Garcia was tabbed tournament MVP.

Midwestern State awaits NCAA Division II postseason selection set for Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. via a video stream Web cast on

MSU Women's Golf: Mustangs 6th after Opening Round of NCAA II West Regional

The Midwestern State Mustangs had a rough start, but finished strong to stand sixth after the first round of the NCAA Division II Women's West Regional.

The Mustangs battled the par 71, 6000 yard Tiara Rado Golf Course to finish with a 318 team score, 11 strokes off the lead of St. Edward's at 307, but only five strokes behind Grand Canyon (Ariz.) in second at 313. Tarleton State is fourth at 316 and Sonoma State (Calif.) is fifth at 317.

"We struggled to start off," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "But I felt we finished very solid. We're in a good spot."

Midwestern was paced by the play of senior Taylor Klutts and sophomore Brenna Moore. Both players carded a 7-over-par 78 to sit in a tie for 14th after the first round, but are still just five strokes off the lead.

The Mustangs also got a pair of 10-over 81's from seniors Lindsay Burkhart and Lauren Romines, while senior Kendra Whittley posted an 84.

"This is a great golf course. It's demanding, but it's fair," said Ray. "If you have a bad drive or a bad approach, it will cost you."

The Mustangs, along with most of the teams, suffered on the par 5, 542-yard 6th hole. Moore had the team's best score with a bogey 6, while every other MSU player double-bogied or worse.

"The sixth kept us from being second today because we played that hole so poorly," said Ray. "It really was deceptive, but a couple of bad drives and some three putts killed us."

There is a three-way tie at the top of the individual leader board, with Arida Bhanaraksa of Cal State-Monterey Bay, Haley Haught of St. Edward's and Hee-Leina Kim of Colorado State-Pueblo all sitting at 3-over 74. Another 18 golfers are within five shots of the lead after the first round.

Second round action is Monday at Tiara Rado. Midwestern State will start play beginning at 10:40 Texas time.

The final round is Tuesday.

The top three teams and the top three individuals will advance to the NCAA Division II Championship May 15-18 at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.