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Softball: Vandewater Earns NFCA National Honors

Katy Vandewater of Midwestern State and Lyndsay Butler of Wayne State (MI) have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for April 30th, respectively.
 
The reigning Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week, Vandewater batted an impressive .889 (8-for-9) overall with four runs scored, three doubles, three HR's and 12 RBIs during a commanding three-game league sweep of Tarleton State. The junior shortstop christened the weekend by going a combined 5-for-6 with three doubles, a HR and seven RBIs during a doubleheader sweep of the TexAnns (Fri., April 25). The Arlington, Texas, product wrapped up her outstanding performance on April 26 by tallying a 3-for-3 effort with two runs scored, two HR's and five RBIs as the Mustangs completed the sweep, 8-1. For the season Vandewater is currently hitting at a .363 clip with 32 runs scored, 10 doubles, 13 HR's and a squad-high 50 RBIs.
 
"It is an honor to receive national recognition, especially after performing so well as a team last weekend," Vandewater said. "We're hoping to build off of this momentum heading into postseason play."
 
"She (Katy) has grown as a player," Midwestern State head coach Brady Tigert said. "I am very excited to work with her again next year. She has so much fun out there, and the success that she is having is great to see."
 
The first repeat selection as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week of the 2014 campaign, Butler was truly at the top of her game last week from both the circle and at the plate by registering a perfect 4-0 record with a 0.00 ERA, a save, two no-hitters and 43 strikeouts over just 27.2 innings of work while hitting .462 (12-for-26) with seven runs scored, five doubles, a HR and nine RBIs. The current GLIAC Pitcher of the Week topped Ferris State during her initial start of the week on Tues., April 22, permitting just two hits over six innings with six strikeouts in an 11-3 triumph. The next day the redshirt freshman struck out 13 while no-hitting Lake Erie over six frames as WSU prevailed 8-0. Her pitching dominance carried over to the weekend as the Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, native three-hit Lake Superior and K'ed 11 during a 2-0 win and no-hit Northwood (MI) over six innings with eight strikeouts to wrap up the week via an 8-0 victory. Thus far in 2014 Butler is 18-4 overall with a miniscule 0.65 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 151.2 innings, while also hitting .364 with 14 extra-base hits and 23 RBIs.
 
"Lyndsay had an outstanding performance last week with two no-hitters," said Wayne State (MI) head coach Gary Bryce, who is in his 33rd season leading the Warriors. "She has had a terrific season making NFCA National Pitcher of the Week right from the get go, and to make it again at the end of the year is a testament to her pitching. Because of Lyndsay and Briana Lee we are second in the nation in ERA."

Softball Slips to #8 in South Central Region Rankings


Midwestern State slipped one spot to No.8 in the latest South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Softball Committee.

Midwestern swept past Tarleton State to improve to 28-21 last weekend at Mustangs Park

The Mustangs remain part of a strong contingent from the Lone Star Conference occupying five of the 10 spots in the rankings.
 
West Texas A&M (50-4) leads the way followed by Angelo State (37-14), St. Mary's (Texas) (39-12), Texas Woman's (33-16), Cameron (27-18), St. Edward's (Texas) (27-21), Metro State (Colo.) (26-14), MSU, Colorado State-Pueblo (26-19) and Colorado-Colorado Springs (25-17).
 
The top eight teams advance to the 2014 NCAA Division II South Central Regional which will be played in two four-team, double elimination tournament at campus sites from May 8-10.
 
If the postseason started today, West Texas A&M would host Texas Woman's, Cameron and Midwestern State in one regional while St. Mary's, St. Edward's and Metro State would travel to Angelo State in the second regional.
 
The advancing teams battle in a best-of-3 super regional at the site of the highest remaining seed on May 16-17 for the right to play in the 2014 NCAA Division II Softball Championships to be held from May 22-26 at Moyer Complex in Salem, Va.
 
The NCAA Division II postseason field is set for release on Monday, May 5 at 9 a.m. via selection show on NCAA.com.

Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference Postseason play Friday afternoon against Cameron at Schaeffer Park in Canyon. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.

With a win, the Mustangs move on to face top-seeded West Texas A&M in the semifinal round Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

The championship game follows Saturday at 2 p.m.

NCAA Division II Region Rankings
South Central
April 30, 2014
RankSchoolIn-RegionDivision II
1West Texas A&M50-450-4
2Angelo State (Texas)37-1436-14
3St. Mary's (Texas)39-1238-12
4Texas Woman's33-1633-16
5Cameron (Okla.)27-1826-18
6St. Edward's (Texas)27-2125-19
7Metropolitan State (Colo.)26-1426-14
8Midwestern State (Texas)28-2124-19
9Colorado State-Pueblo26-1926-19
10Colorado-Colorado Springs25-1725-17

Track: Cara Mack Named to LSC All-Academic Squad

Midwestern State's Cara Mack garnered Lone Star Conference All-Academic acclaim for the outdoor track season Wednesday as league officials announced annual awards.

The junior mathematics major from Llano carries a 3.95 grade-point average as a mathematics major earned  Midwestern State's highest academic award this year  as she was named a Hardin Scholar.

Mack earned LSC Academic Runner of the Year accolades as a sophomore in 2012 and was a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association All-Academic awardee in 2010 and 2011.

She earned numerous league all-academic honors as she was named to the indoor team in 2013 and 2014 and has now earned the same award in each of the last two outdoor seasons.

Harding junior Ewa Zabrowska, an accounting major from Poland, garnered the Academic Athlete of the Year honor for the outdoor track & field season.

Shew as joined by teammate Kristen Celsor; Emma Love, Bri Leeper and Libby Strickland of West Texas A&M; Angelo State's Jordan Gray; McMurry's Mariah Steinbock; Amber Saiz and Beth Blind of Eastern New Mexico; and Shelby Terry of Tarleton State.

To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 grade-point average and have reached sophomore status both athletically and academically. The Academic Player of the Year award and All-Academic Team are selected from the list of academically qualified student-athletes with the league's sports information directors voting based on both academic and athletic achievement.

Midwestern State competes in the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday in Kingsville.

2014 LSC Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team

Academic Runner of the Year
Ewa Zaborowksa, Harding (Ark.)
 
RunnerTeamYearMajorHometown
Ewa ZaborowskaHardingJr.AccountingWjeherwo, Poland
Emma LoveWest Texas A&MJr.Sports & Exercise ScienceSan Antonio, Texas
Bri LeeperWest Texas A&MSo.Mass Communications/BroadcastingAmarillo, Texas
Jordan GrayAngelo StateJr.EnglishMarble Falls, Texas
Mariah SteinbockMcMurryJr.KinesiologySudan, Texas
Kristen CelsorHardingSr.Communication Science & DisordersSearcy, Ark.
Amber SaizEastern New MexicoSo.BiologyBelen, N.M.
Cara MackMidwestern StateJr.MathematicsLlano, Texas
Libby StricklandWest Texas A&MSo.BiologyAmarillo, Texas
Beth BlindEastern New MexicoJr.Animal & Diary ScienceKennedale, Texas
Shelby TerryTarleton StateSr.Pre-MedMcKinney, Texas

Oland, Jerrick Selected as MSU's Most Outstanding Student-Athletes

Senior Kim Jerrick and junior Derek Oland were presented as Midwestern State's Outstanding Student-Athletes as the annual MSU Student-Athlete Awards Banquet Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The award is presented to the most outstanding student-athlete at MSU for their tireless efforts on behalf of his team and the entire program and for exemplary participation throughout the community on behalf of Midwestern State University.

Jerrick, a four-year starter on the Mustangs' softball team, is in the midst of a stellar collegiate career helping MSU to a World Series appearance as a freshman while twice leading the team into NCAA Division II postseason play.

The catcher from Belle Plaine, Kan. stands as the program's all-time leader with 54 homers while scoring 216 runs primarily from the leadoff spot.

Jerrick earned first-team Daktronics and National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association All-America honors last season as was tabbed the 2013 Diamond/NFCA Catcher of the  Year.

She has volunteered for numerous organizations including the Hotter 'N Hell Bike Race and Zombie Hunt/Haunted House as well as taking part in breast cancer awareness events.

Oland ranks among the elite collegiate golfers in any classification this season.

The McKinney product ranks second in NCAA Division II with a 71.26 stroke average while posting four wins in the 11 tournaments he has played this season.

The Lone Star Conference Golfer of the Year boasts 15 par-or-better rounds with six of those in the 60s.

Oland fired a school and course record round of 62 (-10) at the Pensacola Country Club on his way to claiming top individual honors in the Argonaut Invitational hosted by the University of West Florida.

The MSU Athletics Staff presented redshirt-freshman C.J. Frizzell (Track) and junior Jarrod Liston (Tennis) with Courage Awards. Both student-athletes overcame great adversity to compete at high level this season.

The Mustangs Spirit Award was presented to avid supporter and MSU Policeman Elwyn Ladd.

Men's Soccer  and women's Cross Country/Track earned the Community Service Team awards.
 
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee also announced the best teammate award for each of the 12 programs as voted by their peers.
 
Best Teammates
SportStudent-Athlete
Women's SoccerAnna Molen
Women's BasketballShatoia Gober
Cross Country/TrackJanel Campbell
Men's SoccerBen Clarvis
FootballWill Smith
Men's BasketballJaMichael Rivers
Women's TennisTaylor Coffman
Men's TennisJarrod Liston
Women's GolfSierra Campbell
Men's GolfSpencer Riley
SoftballHaley Howerton
VolleyballCaitlin Wallace
 
 
Marie Morgan Award
 
Presented to the most outstanding student-athlete at MSU for their tireless efforts on behalf of his or her team and the entire program and for exemplary participation throughout the community on behalf of Midwestern State University.
YearWomen's AwardMen's Award
2008NoneChristopher Reay
2009Allison SchreiberMarcus Anderson
2010Lauren CraigTyler Murphy
2011Karolina DamjanovicVjekoslav Stipanic


Charlie Logan
2012Kiara JordanTravis Veitenheimer
2013Elena BennettLuke Joyce

Shelbi Stewart
2014Kim JerrickDerek Oland