MSU Roundup: Football Wins in Home Debut, Plus More!

FOOTBALL: Mustangs Make Home Debut vs Texas A&M Kingsville

Midwestern State ran off the final 23 points to roll away with a 43-10 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Mustangs' third consecutive moved the team to 3-1 on the season and to 2-1 in league play, while the Javelinas dropped to 2-2 and 0-2.

MSU turned a four Javelinas' turnovers into 20 points while limiting the TAMUK offense to 186 total yards and just 47 in the decisive second half.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs' offense hummed its way to 427 yards on the strength of a pair of 100-yard efforts as senior Keidrick Jackson topped the century mark for the third consecutive week with 115 yards on 26 carries with three touchdowns, while redshirt freshman Dante Taylor churned out his second 100-yard effort of his own needing 10 carries to run for 100 yards.

MSU jumped out to a 10-0 lead after Statron Jones snared a 16-yard post route with 8:18 to go in the first half, then Jackson crashed in for his first touchdown of the game on a 7-yard sweep five minutes into the second quarter.

Midwestern's Greg Saladino started the half with a 36-yard field goal and ended it with a successful 30-yard try as the Mustangs carried a 20-3 edge into the half.

Texas A&M-Kingsville seized the momentum in the second half as Caleb Buford scored from a yard out after the Mustangs turned over the ball on a fumble at their own 25-yard line on the opening drive of the second half.

That was all the momentum the Mustangs would allow.

Jackson culminated a 12-play, 75-yard dire with his second TD carry of the game (1) to push the lead to 27-10, then the Mustangs added a score on a safety when Cam Williams pounced on Bedford, who had picked up his own fumble in the end zone to push the lead to 29-10 with 2:41 to play in the third quarter.

Midwestern put in two more touchdowns on runs by Jackson (3) and Brandon Gordon (39) in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore WHIP Marqui Christian led the defensive effort with a career-high 15 tackles, while sophomore linebacker Daniel Laudermilk had 10.

Midwestern State plays host to McMurry Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL: Mustangs Snap Skid with Sweep of Cameron

Sarah Rosinke returned from injury to help Midwestern State snap a six-match skid with a resounding 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 sweep of Cameron in Lone Star Conference Saturday afternoon at Aggie Gym.

The freshman setter from League City posted a team-high 18 set assists while adding four service ace and five digs but more importantly guided the Mustangs' attack to a .220 overall kill rate.

The team had posted at least a .200 attack percentage in seven of its first eight matches before Rosinke was forced miss five matches due to injury.

Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn Molloy led MSU's diverse attack with eight kills and added 10 digs and two total blocks, but the Mustangs displayed many options.

Senior right-side hitter Michelle Blount and freshman middle blocker Sarah Garfield had six kills each while seniors Caitlin Wallace and Marija Jovanovic and sophomore Nicole Marzik tacked on five kills each.

Wallace led the MSU block party with four total blocks will Blount and Garfield adding two each while junior libero Casey Fletcher paced back row efforts with 15 digs.

Kelle Carver paced the Aggies with 11 kills as the Aggies dropped to 5-10 on the season and to 0-6 in league play.

Midwestern (8-7, 1-6) battles Southern Nazarene Tuesday night in Bethany, Okla. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

MEN'S SOCCER: Mustangs Beat West Texas A&M for 4th Straight Win

Midwestern State junior Andrew Power volleyed in a serve from 8 yards out in the 97th minute to lift the Mustangs to a 1-0 win over No. 12-ranked West Texas A&M in overtime Saturday night at The Pitch.

"It was a good game for us," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We hung in there and we were able to get the better of them in the second half. We were definitely fortunate to get out of here with a win."

It was the fourth straight win for Midwestern which improved to 5-3 on the season and to 3-0 on the road this season.

The Mustangs notched their fourth consecutive clean sheet with sophomore Nick Petolick in between the posts. The transfer from Oral Roberts finished with a season-high nine saves with seven of those coming prior to intermission.

"They really took it to us in the first half, but we were able to weather the storm," Elder said. "They were able to get their shots on frame, but mostly from 25-30 yards out. Nick didn't have to dive for any of the saves."

Midwestern recorded from an 11-3 shot deficit in the opening half to control the run of play in the final period by a 9-3 margin and it took a diving save from WT goalkeeper Garrett Cooper of Idi Camara's serve on a free kick in the closing minutes to push the match into overtime.

"In the second half, we put an extra midfielder in and we were able to match up with them," Elder said. "Their energy dropped a bit and we were able to take control and get more opportunities."

Senior midfielder B.A. Catney chested down a cross into the box to Power, who let it bounce once before pounding into the net for the lone score of the match.

"We played the second half with a lot of intensity. I was happy that we were able to ride out the storm," Elder said.

West Texas A&M suffered its second loss over its last three matches to drop to 7-2 on the season.

Midwestern State continues on the road to take on Eastern New Mexico Monday afternoon in Portales. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY: Mustangs Take 3rd at SPC XC Festival

Sophomore Brittany Adams paced 17th-ranked Midwestern State to a third-place showing at the South Plains Collegiate Cross Country Festival Saturday morning at Brashear Lake.

The Mustangs finished by Eastern New Mexico's full squad which posted a total score of 19 placing five of the first six runners while host South Plains finished second amassing a total of 47 points.

Adams, a sophomore from Fort Worth Castleberry High, clocked a season-best 5K time of 19:40.11 to finish 11th, while junior Lucia Trejo and sophomore C.J. Frizzell turned in personal bests of their own.

Trejo, a transfer from Los Angeles Trade Tech, took 20 seconds off of her best 5K mark this season to finish 13th with a time of 20:08.01.

Frizzell, a redshirt-freshman from Canyon, improved her best 5K mark by 30 seconds to take 16th with a time of 20:15.45.

Sophomore Maira Salinas finished 22nd with a time of 20:50.20 and sophomore Carrie Finson closed 34th with a time of 22:15.71.

In all, the Mustangs tallied 71 points to finish ahead of Ranger College (117) and Odessa College (118).

The Mustangs play host to the MSU Cross Country Carnival Saturday at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course. Start time is set for 9 a.m.