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10-Run Fifth Inning Leads to Game One Victory

Midwestern State erupted for 10 runs in the fifth inning to come away with a 13-5 run-rule win over Tarleton State in Game 1 Friday night at Mustangs Park.
 
The win snapped MSU's three-game skid while clinching no worse than the No. 5 seed in next week's Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament as the Mustangs improved to 26-21 overall while moving to 14-11 in LSC play.
 
Juniors Katy Vandewater and Kelley Schaefer crushed three-run homers to highlight the 10-run uprising as the Mustangs sent 11 batters to the plate before Schaefer's ended it.
 
MSU trailed the TexAnns 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning as TSU starter Randi Fentress permitted just a single run in the first when Kim Jerrick scored a Schaefer's sacrifice fly to right field. It would be the first of five runs driven in by Schaefer in the opener.
 
Tarleton State sent on reliever Brenna Hennan in the bottom fourth who sandwiched a pair of walks around Vandewater's double down the left field to load the bases with no body.
 
It appeared Hennan might wiggle out of the jam as Erin Knox lined into a double play, but Jerrick pulled the Mustangs two runs closer with a double to the left field gap to make it 5-3 through four innings.
 
MSU really cranked up the offense in the fifth.
 
Sophomore Katelyn Vinson drew a walk to lead off the inning, stole second and reached third base on a passed ball before coming into score on Schaefer RBI-single up the middle. Sophomore Shelby Carter reached on a fielder's choice on a mishandled double play attempt to set up Vandewater's three-run blast over the center field fence to give MSU its first lead of the game at 7-5.
 
The next four Mustangs would reach base including run-scoring singles by Haley Howerton and Vinson before Schaefer delivered the game's final blow.
 
Vandewater paced the Mustangs' 12-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs, while Jerrick, Howerton, Schaefer and Knox all had two hits each.
 
Knox also claimed the win in the circle to improve to 11-5 on the season. She allowed four earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in five innings.
 
Hennan took the loss for the TexAnns to drop to 10-12 on the season. She permitted seven earned runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings with four walks.

Holmes's Perfect Game Lifts Mustangs to Sweep

Freshman pitcher Katlyn Holmes retired all 15 batters she faced as Midwestern State rolled to a 12-0 run-rule win over Tarleton State in Game 2 Friday night at Mustangs Park.
 
The Mustangs improved to 27-21 on the season and leaped into a tie for fourth place in the Lone Star Conference race with Cameron at 15-11. The Mustangs can claim fourth outright with a win over Tarleton State in the series finale Saturday at noon and if Texas Woman's defeats the Aggies in Lawton.
 
Holmes (10-10) joined former standout Katie Petersen (three perfect games) and Kat Batey (1) as the only pitchers to hurl perfect games for the Mustangs as she weaved the fifth perfecto in program  history. It was her team-best third shutout of the season.
 
She benefitted from a pair of spectacular plays in the field as junior third baseman Kelley Schaefer flagged a hot liner from Amber Clifford for the second out in the second inning, then junior shortstop Katy Vandewater ranged up the middle to rob Kelsey Latta of a hit in the fourth inning.
 
Holmes fanned just one batter when she got Tarleton State's top hitter Katelyn Conlee to swing and miss on a 3-2 offering to end the fourth inning.
 
The Mustangs also gave the Gunter product a healthy dose of run support.
 
MSU jumped on TexAnns starter Brenna Hennan from the word go. Senior catcher Kim Jerrick drew a leadoff walk and stole second, then Haley Howerton reached on a bunt single and stole second as well.
 
Katelyn Vinson followed with a single up the middle to plate Jerrick before Kelley Schaefer drew a walk to set up Shelby Carter's three-run bomb to center field to give the Mustangs a 5-0 lead.
 
The blast quickly ended the night for Hennan, who dropped to 10-13 on the season allowed five earned runs on three hits with two walks without retiring a batter.
 
The Mustangs continued to pour on the offense in the second keyed by Jerrick's solo shot to lead off the frame while Katy Vandewater capped the inning with a three-run double to the left field gap to push the advantage to 9-0.
 
MSU tacked on three more runs in the third inning keyed by Schaefer's two-run double to the right-field gap.
 
Howerton paced MSU's 10-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Vinson and Vandewater chipped in two safeties apiece.
 
Tarleton State dipped to 20-28 and 10-16.

W. Tennis: #18 Mustangs Beat Kingsville, 5-1 in LSC Semis

The 18th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs ran their winning streak to 12 straight as they defeated Texas A&M-Kingsville 5-1 in the semifinal of the Lone Star Conference Tournament Friday afternoon at the Southlake Tennis Center.
 
Midwestern (21-3), the Lone Star Conference Champion, dropped a point in doubles to the Javelinas (3-13) but was ahead on all singles courts when play was halted.
 
Midwestern got a jump start from Courtney Anderson and Paige Boykin, who did not let their opponents get a game.  The duo beat Alexandra Carillo/Alexandra Olguin 8-0 at No. 3 doubles, then both recorded shutouts in singles.
 
Anderson beat Eleni Anastosova 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4, and Boykin dropped Olguin by the same score at No. 6.
 
The Mustangs also got a doubles point from 20th ranked Kayla Casey/Taylor Coffman who ripped Marisa Dimitrovska/Marlaxi Herrera 8-6.
 
MSU ended the match with Lauren Pineda's 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles against Carillo.
 
The only point Texas A&M-Kingsville could collect was at No. 2 doubles as Tabata Lua/Anastasova beat Pineda/Amy Clifton 8-6.
 
Three matches were left unfinished as Clifton led Herrera 6-1, 2-2 at No. 1, No. 33 Casey has a 6-2, 2-1 lead on Dimitrovska at No. 2 and Coffman was 4-4 with Lua at No. 3.
 
The Mustangs advance to meet Tarleton State who beat Cameron 5-2 in the other semifinal.  The match has been moved up to 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Southlake Tennis Center.

Men's Golf: Mustangs Headed to NCAA Super Regional

For the fifth consecutive season, the Midwestern State Mustangs advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
 
The Mustangs are the number six seed from the South Central Region entering the South Central/West Super Regional on May 5-7 at the Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin as the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Committee made the announcement late Friday evening of the 80 teams and 32 individuals that will play in the four super regionals across the country.
 
It's also the sixth time the Mustangs have been chosen for the regional tournament since reinstating the program for the 2006-07 season.
 
Joining the Mustangs are top-seeded Western New Mexico, the champion of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and second-seeded St. Edward's, the Heartland Conference champion and host of the super regional.
 
Dallas Baptist is seeded third, with Colorado School of Mines fourth, Cameron fifth with MSU sixth.
 
St. Mary's (Texas) is seventh from the South Central, with Colorado State-Pueblo eight, Colorado Christian ninth and Colorado-Colorado Springs 10th.
 
Individual from the South Central region are Colin Prater from Colorado Mesa, James Bolton of Newman (Kan.), C.J. Clem of Texas A&M-Commerce and Steven DaSilva of Regis (Colo.).
 
The South Central will face the West Region in the Super Regional round.
 
Cal State-Monterey Bay is the top seed, with Chico State (Calif.) second and California Collegiate Athletic Association champion Cal State-Stanislaus third seed.
 
Sonoma State (Calif.) is fourth, with Simon Frasier (Canada) fifth, Western Washington sixth and California-San Diego seventh.
 
Pacific West Champion Hawaii-Hilo is eighth, Dixie State (Utah) ninth and California Baptist 10th.
 
West region individuals are Drew Nelson of Dominican (Calif.), Jordan Guillen and Taylor Hood of Cal State-San Bernadino, and Nick Hardy of Northwest Nazarene.
 
The top six teams from this 20-team super regional and the top two individuals not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Division II Championship May 19-23 at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich.