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SOFTBALL: Carter belts two homers to key 11-3 run-rule of UTPB in Game 1

ODESSA, Texas -- Midwestern State's Shelby Carter belted two home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Mustangs to an 11-3 run-rule win over Texas-Permian Basin in Game 1 Tuesday at the UTPB Softball Complex.
 
Carter snapped out of an 0-for-8 slump by blasting a three-run shot over the left-field fence to give MSU a 3-0 lead in the third inning then connected for her third homer of the season on a solo shot as part of an 8-run, 7-hit fourth inning.
 
The Mustangs, who improved to 11-8 on the season, take on the Falcons in Game 2 later this afternoon.
 
Junior shortstop Katy Vandewater extended her hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run homer to center field -- her fifth of the season -- in the fourth inning, while sophomore outfielder Chelsey Wall culminated the inning with a three-run shot to left-field for her third homer of the campaign.
 
Sophomore outfield Haley Howerton and junior third baseman Kelley Schaefer joined Carter and Wall with two hits each to pace MSU's 11-hit barrage.
 
Freshman pitcher Erin Knox won her fourth consecutive start to improve to 6-2 allowing one run on five hits in four innings of work. She record three strikeouts and allowed one base on balls.
 
Sophomore Kat Batey came on to allow a pair of runs on two hits in the fifth to snap a 9-inning run of scoreless relief.
 
UTPB's Anna Hollingsworth broke up MSU's bid for a no-hitter in the fourth inning while Taleas Marble tacked on a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth to close out scoring.
 
The Falcons dropped their fifth-straight game to fall to 3-13.

Vandewater extends hitting streak to 11, Knox has 3 doubles in 11-2 rout of UTPB

ODESSA, Texas -- Midwestern State's Katy Vandewater extended her hitting streak to 11 games while leading a four-homer barrage as the Mustangs rolled to an 11-2 run-rule win over Texas-Permian Basin here in Game 2 Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs, who completed a sweep of the Falcons with two run-rule wins to improve to 12-8 on the season, begin Lone Star Conference play this weekend against West Texas A&M.

The Highway 287 Challenge Cup series begins with a single game Friday night at 7 p.m. at Mustangs Park and concludes with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.

Vandewater extended her season-best streak with a double to left field in the first inning then stroked her second homer of the afternoon -- and sixth of the season -- down the left-field line to lead off the third inning.

The transfer from Weatherford College is hitting .457 (16-of-35) during the streak with three doubles and four home runs while driving in 10 runs.

Freshman outfielder Erin Knox joined in on MSU's 13-hit parade by drilling doubles in her first three at bats of the contest to finish 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI. She becomes just the third player in program history to record three two-baggers in a game joining former LSC Player of the Year Lauren Craig (vs. Central Oklahoma/March 10, 2009) and Tabitha Yannetti (at Southeastern Oklahoma/April 11, 2008).

The Mustangs dazzled in the third inning with Vandewater igniting the four-run frame with the leadoff homer before Knox dropped a double into the left-field gap.

Freshman Baylee Voigt followed with a two-out, two-run homer to left field for her fifth long ball of the season then Chelsey Wall connected for her fourth homer of the year to push the Mustangs' advantage to 6-0.

The Mustangs stayed on the attack in the fourth as Kelley Schaefer led off with a single through the right side of the infield then Vandewater reached on an error.

Knox followed with her third double of the contest to plate another run to set up a three-run, pitch-hit bomb by Krisha Hamm to cap the inning to stretch the lead to 10-0.

In all, the Mustangs mashed eight homers in the twin bill sweep of UTPB to bring their season total to an LSC-best 37 for the season. The number matches the fourth most in a single season 20 games into the campaign.

Texas-Permian Basin rallied for a pair of unearned runs in the in the bottom of the fourth to spoil MSU starter Katlyn Holmes' shutout bid.

Holmes picked up the win to improve to 4-4 allowing no earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Holly Harrington took the loss to fall to 2-5 on the season for the Falcons, who fell to 3-14.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Mustangs receiving votes in NABC Top 25

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State continues to receive votes in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches' Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs extended their season-best winning streak to nine game with a convincing 83-60 win Saturday at Texas A&M-Kingsville to improve to 19-6 on the season and 11-2 in conference play.

Midwestern can claim a share of its eight Lone Star Conference championship with a win at Cameron on Saturday and if Texas A&M-Commerce topples Tarleton State.

The Mustangs are one of five teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in this week's poll joining No. 1 Metropolitan State (23-1), No. 2 Tarleton State (23-1) and No. 10 Colorado Mines (22-3) while Midwestern State and Texas A&M International (20-7) are receiving votes.

Midwestern State has received votes in the last two rankings after spending five weeks in the poll at the start of the season ranking as  a No. 6.

NABC Division II Poll
Feb. 25, 2014
Rank School (1st votes) Record Points Last
1 Metropolitan State (Colo.) (15) 23-1 399 1
2 Tarleton State (Texas) (1) 23-1 383 3
3 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 24-1 366 5
4 West Liberty (W. Va.) 23-2 344 6
5 Drury (Mo.) 23-2 315 2
6 Southern Connecticut State 23-2 307 9
7 California Baptist 23-1 289 7
8 South Carolina-Aiken 24-3 276 10
9 Indianapolis (Ind.) 22-3 267 4
10 Colorado Mines 22-3 263 11
11 Indiana (Pa.) 22-3 232 12
12 Florida Southern 23-3 216 12
13 Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 22-2 206 14
14 California State, San Bernardino 21-3 181 15
15 Minnesota State-Mankato 25-4 177 17
16 Lake Superior State (Mich.) 26-3 163 18
17 Cal Poly Pomona 20-4 135 21
18 Lewis (Ill.) 21-4 105 23
19 Central Missouri 22-4 98 24
20 Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 22-5 97 13
21 Montevallo (Ala.) 21-4 81 16
22 Delta State (Miss.) 22-4 65 19
23 Findlay (Ohio) 21-4 61 RV
24 Wisconsin-Parkside 21-5 50 25
25 Southern Indiana 20-5 42 20
Others Receiving Votes: Chico State (Calif.) 13; Midwestern State (Texas) 10; Walsh (Ohio) 9; Michigan Tech 7; Missouri Southern 6; Bellarmine (Ky.) 4; Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 3; Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 3; Saint Leo (Fla.) 2; Western Washington 2; Gannon (Pa.) 1; Northwest MIssouri State 1; Texas A&M International 1; Winona State (Minn.) 1.