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MSU Roundup: Mustang SB sweeps Day 3 of Invitational

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Wall, Mustangs blast Northeastern State 14-2 in 5

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Chelsey Wall drove in a career-high seven runs to lead Midwestern State to a 14-2 run-rule win over Northeastern State Saturday morning in the Holiday Inn at the Falls Invitational at Mustangs Parks.

The sophomore from Keller crushed her second grand slam in the first inning and stroked a three-run double to center field as the Mustangs scored seven runs in the first and fourth innings to improve to 7-4 on the season.

MSU closes tournament play Sunday afternoon against Rogers State. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.

The Mustangs sent 10 hitters to the plate in the opening frame as Kelley Schaefer, Shelby Carter and Jennifer Quintero had run-scoring singles to set up Wall's second homer of the of the year to cap the seven-run, six-hit inning.

It was Wall's second career grand slam with her first coming in a 17-8 win over Tarleton State on April 13, 2014.

Wall extended her hitting streak to seven games hitting .545 (12-for-22) with doubles and a home run during the streak.

Fellow sophomore Haley Howerton extended her hitting streak to eight games by going 2-for-3 with a pair of bunt singles. She is hitting .552 (16-for-29) during the streak.

Freshman Erin Knox limited the RiverHawks to a pair of runs on six hits with three strikeouts to improve to 3-2 on the season.

The Mustangs sent 12 batters to the plate to put the game away with seven runs and six hits in the fourth inning highlighted Wall's three-run double to go along with a two-run single by Katelyn Vinson and a pinch-hit single by Baylee Voigt.

Kim Jerrick, Howerton, Vinson and Wall paced the Mustangs' 13-hit attack with two hits each.

Northeastern State fell to 2-5 on the season.

Holmes strikes out seven to help MSU subdue Hillcats 5-2

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Freshman Katlyn Holmes fanned a season-high seven batters to help Midwestern State to a 5-2 win over Rogers State (Okla.) in the finale of the Holiday Inn at the Falls Invitational Sunday afternoon at Mustangs Park.

The Mustangs closed the weekend with a 4-1 mark after claiming a 14-2 run-rule victory over Northeastern State earlier in the day to go to 8-4 on the season.

The Hillcats (1-4) struck for their only damage on Carley Conley's two-run homer in the fourth inning, but Holmes closed strong to retire 10 of the last 11 batters she faced to move to 3-1 on the season.

Midwestern State jumped out an early lead in the first inning as Kim Jerrick was hit by pitch and moved around the bases on a pair of groundouts before Kelley Schaefer stroked a solid single to right field to give the Mustangs a 1-0 advantage.

The Mustangs took advantage of four Rogers State miscues in the second inning to plate three unearned runs as sophomore Haley Howerton extended her hitting streak to nine games with a single to center field.

Junior shortstop Katy Vandewater led off the third inning with her third homer of the season on a towering shot to center field to give MSU a 5-0 advantage.

RSU's Brooklyne Harbert (0-2) allowed one hit the rest of the way as she allowed two earned runs on four hits and walked four in six innings.

Howerton, Schaefer, Vandewater and Krisha Hamm accounted for the Mustangs' season low hit output of four.

Midwestern State opens the St. Mary's Round Robin with games against Oklahoma Christian and St. Mary's Friday afternoon in San Antonio. First pitches are set for 4 and 6 p.m., respectively.

The Mustangs take on Western Oregon and Central Oklahoma on Saturday before closing tournament play against Rogers State (Okla.) and St. Mary's on Sunday.

MEN'S TENNIS: #16 MSU drops heartbreakers in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The No. 16 Midwestern State Mustangs dropped a pair of close matches Saturday as they fell at Division I Incarnate Word 4-3 and at Division II Trinity 5-4.

"We battled hard in both matches, but just came up a little short," said MSU Coach Scott Linn.

"UIW is built like a Division I team should be built, very strong in singles. Trinity has so much tradition and will compete for a Division II national championship."

The Mustangs opened the day at the Mabry Tennis Center against Incarnate Word and the Division I scoring system of a lone point for the doubles series and a point each for singles play.

MSU grabbed the opening point by claiming two of the three doubles competitions.

The No. 2 duo of Kacper Boborykin and Kyle Davidson in a tiebreaker 6-5 (7-5) over Tucker Brown and Jair Assuncao, with the No. 3 pair of Jarrod Liston and Zack Santagate handing UIW's Brandon Davis and Johan Haerens a 6-1 loss.

The Cardinals' Leonard Ivic and Josip Smoljan won at No. 1 over Tomas Grejtak and Ramon Toyos 6-4.

MSU collected two wins in singles over UIW, with Toyos winning at No. 3 over Smoljan 6-3, 6-2, and Liston taking Antonio Cavazos at No. 6, 6-3, 6-2.

UIW controlled the match as Assuncao won at No. 1 over Boborykin 6-2, 6-5 (7-5), Ivic beat Davidson 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2, and Brown triumphed at No. 4 against Christopher Norrie 6-2, 6-4.

The clincher was at No. 5 as MSU's Grejtak and UIW's Davis battled through a three-set match, with Davis coming away with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win.

"Grejtak was down early, but came back to get the lead in the third," said Linn. "He put himself in a position to win, but lost a tough one."

Less than 30 minutes after the four-and-a half hour match at UIW, the Mustangs were across the US 281 freeway at Trinity's Hill Tennis Center.

The Tigers, ranked eighth in Division III, got the upper hand in doubles.

MSU's No. 2 team of Boborykin/Davidson got one point beating TU's Greg Haugen and Jordan Mayer 8-3, but the Tigers got the other two.

Paxton Deuel and Nicolas Moreno won at No. 1 against Grejtak/Toyos 8-4, and TU's Charlie Curtis and Clayton Niess took down Liston/Santagate at No. 3, 8-5.

The teams split the singles matches for the Tigers to claim the match.

"It was really a war," said Linn of the match that lasted well over five hours. "We competed well, they were just a little better."

Boborykin, ranked 46th in Division II, bettered Deuel, ranked fifth in Division III, at the No. 1 spot, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

MSU's Norrie won a three-setter at No. 4 against Moreno 6-7, 6-3, 6-0, while Grejtak claimed a win at No. 6 against Division III's 22nd ranked Curtis 6-0, 6-1.

But the Mustangs fell at No. 2 and No. 3 in three set affairs.

Trinity's Aaron Skinner outlasted MSU's Davidson, ranked 27th in Division II, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2.

TU's Haugen, ranked 34th in Division III, handed Toyos a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 loss at No. 3.

At No. 5, Mayer downed the Mustangs Liston 6-4, 6-4.

"Our guys were right there the entire match," said Linn. "They had the home court edge."

"We've got a ways to go, but all-in-all we fought hard and I'm appreciative of that," Linn added.

MSU hosts its home opener on Friday at the MSU Tennis Center with Metro State (Colo.) visiting for a noon match.      

WOMEN'S TENNIS: #19 Mustangs go to 3-0!

SAN ANTONIO – The Midwestern State Mustangs played up a division and down one on Saturday, but claimed wins in both as Division II's 19th ranked team beat Incarnate Word 6-1 and Trinity 9-0.

The Mustangs opened the day with the win over the now Division I Cardinals at the Mabry Tennis Center using the DI scoring of one point for the doubles series and a point each for singles.

Then MSU crossed the US 281 freeway to face the Tigers, ranked 23rd in Division III, and claimed a shutout victory.

"The ladies did a great job," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "We played well with a young team and got a chance to play them a lot."

Against the former Lone Star Conference foe UIW, the Mustangs won at all but the top singles spot.

MSU's Kayla Casey, ranked 38th in Division II in singles, dropped a 6-2, 7-5 decision to the Cardinals Ivana Katavic.

But the Mustangs Amy Clifton started the parade through singles at the No. 2 spot, edging Sarah Savedra 7-5, 7-6.

Lauren Pineda ripped UIW's Andy Botha 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3, while Taylor Coffman bested Taryn Strahl a 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4.

Courtney Anderson won at No. 5 over Kelsey Reblin 6-0, 6-2, and Paige Boykin took the point at No. 6 by beating the Cards Christina Rodriguez 6-0, 6-1.

MSU won all three doubles matches to claim the single point.

The No. 1 duo of Coffman/Casey beat UIW's Katavic/Botha 6-1, as Clifton/Anderson won at No. 2 over Savedra/Strahl 7-5 and Pineda and Madeline Schorlemmer beat Reblin and Brianah Creek 6-0.

In the afternoon, MSU made it a clean sweep over Trinity at the Hill Tennis Center.

In tight doubles play, MSU grabbed all three points to get the ball rolling.

Anderson/Clifton at No. 2 posted an 8-2 win over Caroline White/Kathleen Lundquist to open play, followed by Casey/Coffman at No. 1 beating Kylie Hornbeck/Liza Southwick 8-4, and Pineda/Schorlemmer outlasting Stephanie Williamson/Kristy Hamilton 8-6.

Casey bounced back in singles play for the day, surviving a three-setter at No. 1 to beat White 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.

"Kayla was down 4-1 in the third when she came back to win the match," Linn beamed. "I'm proud of her."

The Mustangs Sydney Briner battled at No. 6 singles to take a 7-5, 7-5 win over Lundquist in the next closest point.

Clifton won at No. 2 over Hornbeck 6-1, 6-4, with Coffman handing Gabrielle Roe a 6-4, 6-0 loss at No. 3.

Anderson had no trouble beating Southwick 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4, as Boykin won at No. 5 over Lavinia Bendandi 6-1, 6-2.

"Our ball striking was far superior on Saturday," Linn added. "This team has a lot of potential and it's getting better with each match we play."

Midwestern State opens its home season on Friday when Metro State (Colo.) visits the MSU Tennis Center a noon match.