WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- No. 16-ranked Midwestern State flexed its depth in a 9-0 blanking of Arkansas-Fort Smith Saturday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.
"Our guys were very professional today and very focused," MSU coach Scott Linn said. "The guys did a really good job of riding it out and getting ready to play the next point. We took a step forward today."
It was the ninth-straight home win for the Mustangs who improved to 3-2 on the season.
Midwestern hits the road to take on East Central (Okla.) Wednesday in Ada. First serve is set for 10:30 a.m. The Mustangs play Seminole State (Okla.) later that afternoon.
Junior Tomas Grejtak teamed with freshman Ramon Toyos, while junior Jarrod Liston and sophomore Zack Santagate combined for 8-1 wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, respectively.
Sophomore Kyle Davidson and junior Kacper Boborykin took an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles to give the Mustangs a doubles' sweep.
It didn't get better for Arkansas-Fort Smith from there as the Lions fell to 1-4 by taking straight-set losses at each singles' position.
Davidson played for the first time at the No. 1 line in place of Boborykin taking a 6-2, 6-1 win over Chris Ramirez.
"KB (Boborykin) has been excellent for us at No. 1 singles, but we feel like we need to go at least eight deep to be successful," Linn said. "Austin Crawford came in and played well for us."
Crawford, a 6-2 sophomore from Maumelle, Ark., claimed a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Caleb Gunsch at No. 6 allowing everyone else to play up a spot for the Mustangs as Toyos beat Jesse Green 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2, freshman Christopher Norrie upended Sean Manning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3, Grejtak ripped Matt Tabler 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 and Liston claimed a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Ryan Heslop at No. 5.
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- No. 19-ranked Midwestern State set the tone by taking all three doubles matches on its way to a deceiving 8-1 win over Arkansas-Fort Smith Saturday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.
"Sometimes tennis can be a little misleading because there were some really tight matches," MSU coach Scott Linn said. "I knew doubles would be really critical. Our girls were very familiar with them and we were ready to compete today. (UA-Fort Smith) is a tough program and there were no easy matches today. They have a great shot at making the regionals."
It was the eighth consecutive home win for the Mustangs, who remained perfect at 5-0.
MSU hits the road to play Hardin-Simmons and McMurry next weekend before opening Lone Star Conference play the following Wednesday against Tarleton State in Stephenville.
Sophomore Kayla Casey and junior Taylor Coffman battled for an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles over the Arkansas-Fort Smith duo of Abby White and Abby Thompson.
It was the first tight match for Casey and White as the two scrapped before White survived for the Lions' lone win of the day at No. 1 singles by narrowest of margins -- 6-3, 3-6, (10-7).
MSU's Courtney Anderson and Amy Clifton teamed for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles, while Madeline Schorlemmer and Lauren Pineda rolled to an 8-1 win at No. 3.
Pineda gutted out a 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, (13-11) win over Amy Belanger at No. 3 singles to depict the Mustangs' will and determination against the No. 6 team in region.
"My gut is if we compete on nine courts, we will take five results from them," Linn said. "When we do that we are very tough to beat."
The remainder of MSU's wins came in straight sets as Clifton defeated Thompson (6-3, 6-3) at No. 2, Coffman edged Masa Podunavac (7-6 (10-4), 6-4) at No. 4, Anderson beat Madison Carr (6-1, 6-1) at No. 5 and Schorlemmer upended Taylor Price (6-4, 6-2) at No. 6.
The Mustangs improved to 26-4 in singles match play and 14-1 in doubles play through the first five matches this season in front of a throng of spectators at the MSU Tennis Center.
"The crowds have been great," Linn said. "We have really good support not only from our students and staff, but the tennis community as well."
Arkansas-Fort Smith fell to 3-3 on the season.
KINGSVILLE, Texas -- Midwestern State forwards Xavier Blackburn and Eddie D'Haiti combined for 45 points to lead the Mustangs to their eighth consecutive win in an 83-60 rout of Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday afternoon at Steinke Center.
The Mustangs moved within one victory of their sixth straight 20-win season at 19-6 while keeping within range of an eighth Lone Star Conference championship by improving to 11-2 in league play.
"We were sharing the basketball," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "Guys were making plays for each other. Our execution was big and we were able to get what we wanted. The past couple of days we've talked about execution and I thought these guys came out and did things masterfully."
Blackburn scored 24 points for the second game in a row hitting on 9-of-12 shots including a pair of 3-pointers while pulling down six rebounds in 32 minutes of play.
"He gets his points from so many places," Haggerty said. "Our guys made plays for him and played really free tonight. Another great game out of X."
D'Haiti was nearly perfect from the floor hitting on 9-of-10 shots and knocked each of his three tries from beyond the arc while adding two big blocked shots to finish with a career-high 21 points.
"We went down to him early," Haggerty said. "He shot the shots he's capable of making around the basket. He is so unselfish and was able to get the ball where we wanted to."
Playing without leading scorer Rashad Basey for the third consecutive game, the Javelinas came out with energy and led by as many as four points midway through the opening half, but the Mustangs used a 17-3 run to take a 35-25 lead just over 3 minutes before halftime and led by six at intermission.
"Ending halves and how we came out in the second half is very big," Haggerty said. "We were able to create a 6-point pad when (Texas A&M-Kingsville) was playing very well in the first half. In the second half, we started to catch fire. These guys just stepped up and made shots and taking the right shots."
The Mustangs came out firing in the second half hitting four consecutive 3-pointers with two by D'Haiti, one by Blackburn and another by senior guard Monzaigo Williams for a 12-0 run and a commanding 52-34 lead.
MSU shot 50 percent or better in both halves and stretched the advantage to 29 when DeVaughn Jones hit a transition layup for a 73-44 lead with 7:06 to play.
Williams failed to reach double figures for just the second time this season finishing with seven points and five assists, while Jones had a season-high with seven points and four rebounds.
Junior forward Abiodun Adegoke was the only player with five points and grabbed four rebounds as 12 different Mustangs found the scoring ledger.
"This is a good time of year to have guys playing for each other," Haggerty said. "We are playing well at the right time."
Adonis Bailey netted 16 points to pace Texas A&M-Kingsville, who shot just 29 percent in the second half. The Javelinas dropped their third straight to fall to 8-17 overall and 3-10 in LSC play.
Midwestern State remains one game back of Tarleton State, who takes on Eastern New Mexico tonight in Portales.
The Mustangs close the regular season Saturday on the road against Cameron. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at Aggie Gym.
KINGSVILLE, Texas -- Hot shooting Texas A&M-Kingsville dealt Midwestern State a tough 83-77 loss Saturday afternoon at Steinke Center.
"We didn't come ready to play today," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "We knew they shot better at home and we just didn't capitalize on our opportunities."
The loss dropped the Mustangs to 16-10 on the season and to 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play, while Texas A&M-Kingsville improved to 10-15 and 5-10.
Senior guard Rosalie Cutri matched a season-high with 25 points as the Javelinas shot a campaign-best 57.7 percent from the field.
Texas A&M-Kingsville, who ripped the nets at a 63-percent clip in the second half, used a 17-5 run to extend the advantage to a game-high 18 points when Cutri completed a three-point play for a 77-59 lead with 4:28 to play.
MSU junior Lisa Hampton, who finished with 15 points, drilled three of her five 3-pointers in the closing to help the Mustangs claw back to within six points, but that is as close as they could get.
Junior forward Andrea Carter also matched a season high with 25 points while shooting 8-of-11 from the field and 9-of-10 from the charity. It's her seventh 20-point effort of the season as Carter raised her season average to 16.0 points a game. She also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Junior guard Janae McJunkins added a season-high 11 points while pulling down four rebounds to go along with two steals in 20 minutes of court time.
Texas A&M-Kingsville's starting five accounted for all but two of its 83 points including double-digit efforts from Lindsey Mahone (17 points, 8 rebounds), Ashley Viera (16 points), Lauren Jay (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Sheana Jones (11 points).
Midwestern State closes the regular season Saturday against Cameron. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. at Aggie Gym in Lawton.
SAN ANTONIO -- Kelsie Gardner's one-out, three-run homer in the eighth inning spelled doom for Midwestern State Saturday afternoon here at the St. Mary's Rattler Invitational as Western Oregon came away with a 9-7 win.
The Mustangs dropped their second-straight game to fall to 9-6 on the season, while WOU improved to 4-8.
MSU takes on defending national champion Central Oklahoma this afternoon before closing tournament play Sunday with games against Western Oregon and St. Mary's at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively.
Western Oregon grabbed the lead in the bottom of the first inning as each of its three batters reached on singles, then took advantage of an MSU fielding miscue to plate three runs in the frame.
The Mustangs bounced back to the tie the game with a three-run third keyed by a Kim Jerrick's sixth homer of the season on a two-run shot to center field.
Junior shortstop Katy Vandewater delivered a two-run double in the fifth inning then scored on a Shelby Carter's two-bagger to the right gap to give the Mustangs a 6-3 lead.
But the Wolves countered quickly with three more runs in the bottom of the frame and the teams exchanged zeroes over the final two stanzas to force extra innings.
Freshman outfielder Erin Knox opened the eighth with an RBI double to the left-field gap to plate Carter, who was placed on second in the international tiebreaker.
That's all the Mustangs would get as Knox was erased at third when Katelyn Potts reached on a fielder's choice then Potts was caught stealing and Demi Thompson struck out swinging to end the threat.
Western Oregon catcher Bridjet Box reached on an infield single to set up Gardner's game winning home run to left field in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore outfielder Haley Howerton extended her career-best hitting streak to 12 games with her eighth double of the season in the first inning, while junior third baseman Kelley Schaefer's streak reached seven games with a double down the left-field line in the third.
Jerrick paced the Mustangs' 11-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, while Vandewater, who has hits in six straight games, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Sophomore starter Kat Batey allowed nine runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits to take the loss for the Mustangs. She recorded three strikeouts and did not issue a walk in 7 1/3 innings of work.
Western Oregon outfielder Amanda Evola had four hits to pace the Wolves' 10-hit attack.
SAN ANTONIO -- Central Oklahoma got the better of Midwestern State 2-1 in a rare pitcher's duel here Saturday afternoon in the St. Mary's Rattler Invitational.
The loss was the third straight for the Mustangs who fell to 9-7 on the season. MSU closes tournament play with games against Western Oregon and St. Mary's Sunday at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively.
The Bronchos (8-6) scratched out single runs in the first two innings to stake starter Kalynn Schrock to a 2-0 advantage.
Schrock allowed just seven hits and fanned six, but issued five walks to earn the win.
The effort thwarted a solid performance in the circle by freshman Katlyn Holmes, who limited the Bronchos to two runs on 10 hits while recording four strikeouts and no walks to fall to 3-3 on the season.
The Mustangs struck for an unearned run in the fifth inning when Claire Hopkins, who came on to pinch run after Krisha Hamm drew a leadoff walk, scored when Kim Jerrick's single to center was mishandled to cut the lead in half. Jerrick advanced with one out, but remained stranded.
Holmes kept the Mustangs within reach working around a one-out triple by UCO's Hannah Justus in the sixth. She induced UCO's 1- and 2-hole hitters into groundouts to keep the score at 2-1 heading into the seventh inning.
Hamm stroked a double to the right-field gap to lead off the inning before Chelsey Wall worked the count a leadoff walk. The advanced into scoring position on an illegal with no outs, but Schrock closed out win by retiring Jerrick, Haley Howerton and Kelley Schaefer in order.
Junior shortstop Katy Vandewater went 2-for-3 to extend her team-best hitting streak to seven games, while Jerrick and Erin Knox also logged to two hits each to pace the Mustangs' 7-hit attack.
Howerton went 0-for-3 to end her career-best 12-game hitting streak. She hit .500 (21-of-42) with eight doubles and a triple during the hot stretch.
GOLDEN, Colo. -- The flu bug reared its head at the entirely wrong time for Midwestern State senior Ashley Flores as she took aim at an NCAA Division II provision qualifying time Saturday at the Joe Davies Invitational.
She managed to win the mile run, but a time of 5:15.14 fell just shy of the 5:05.50 even after adjustments for elevation.
"That just shows the fight she has," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "To not feel well with the bug that she has, but she still wanted to compete and win at a collegiate meet. I'm definitely happy and proud of her for the she competed."
The was the fifth best in program history and fourth best for Flores, who ran a personal best time of 5:04.66 last season at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational.
She gets another shot at making a qualifying run next week at the Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships in the Texas Tech Athletic Training Center also known as "The Bubble."
"She's ready for next weekend to compete in front of her teammates," Styles said. "Competing well at the conference meet is what is important to her."