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MSU Roundup: All-LSC Tennis and Softball

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Softball: Mustangs Place 4 on All-LSC Team

Four Midwestern State players garnered All-Lone Star Conference honors Thursday night when league officials announced annual postseason honors.

Senior catcher Kim Jerrick joined sophomore outfielder Katelyn Vinson on the first-team, while junior third baseman Kelley Schaefer earned second-team honors and sophomore outfielder Haley Howerton gained third-team mention.

Jerrick earned first-team honors for the third consecutive season after gaining honorable mention as a freshman.

The Belle Plaine, Kan. native hit .366 this season while slugging a team-high 14 homers and driving in 36 runs. Jerrick stole a career-high 23 bases while plating 58 runs.

She became the program's all-time leader with 54 home runs and 216 runs scored. Jerrick is one of the few catchers in NCAA Division II history to hit 50 homers and steal 50 bases during her illustrious career.

Vinson earned first-team honors for the second consecutive season.

The Southlake native hit .405 with seven doubles, a triple and 10 home runs while driving in 45 runs despite missing nine games and 12 starts due to injury midway through the season.

Schaefer garnered all-league honors for the third straight year as she was a third-teamer as a freshman in 2012 and a first-teamer in 2013.

The Waco native hit .368 with 11 doubles and nine home runs while driving in 44 runs.

Howerton gained third-team mention for the second straight season after hitting .354 with nine doubles and two triples. The Lewisville High product was successful on 21 of her 23 stolen base attempts this season.

Angelo State senior outfielder Morgan Spearman (.527, 18 2B, 9 HR, 50 RBI) garnered Player of the Year honors, while West Texas A&M junior Rita Hokianga (21-2, 2.13 ERA) nabbed Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year accolades.

Angelo State's Kenedy Urbany gained Freshman of the Year accolades after hitting .344 with nine homers and 43 RBIs at the plate and recording a 17-3 mark with a 3.70 ERA in the circle.

West Texas A&M's Kevin Blaskowski was named Coach of the Year.

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.

W. Tennis Collects All-LSC Honors

The Lone Star Conference Champion and Tournament Champion Midwestern State Mustangs placed two singles players and two doubles teams on the 2014 All-Lone Star Conference Team announced on Thursday.

Freshman Amy Clifton, sophomore Kayla Casey, junior Taylor Coffman and sophomore Lauren Pineda were named to the team, with Clifton selected as the league's Co-Freshman of the Year and head coach Scott Linn honored as the LSC Coach of the Year.

Clifton, a 5-7 freshman from Sydney, Australia/Strathfield Meriden High School, played the No. 1 singles spot for the Mustangs. She is currently ranked 39th by the ITA in Division II. She posted a 10-8 singles mark through the LSC Tournament.

Casey, a 5-5 sophomore from Franklin, Texas, has collected a 14-7 record for the Mustangs. Currently ranked 41st by the ITA, she is playing in the No. 2 singles position for the Mustangs.

MSU top two doubles teams were honored as well, the No. 1 tandem of Casey and Taylor Coffman, as well as the No. 2 duo of Clifton and Lauren Pineda.

Taylor, a 5-6 junior from Houston, Texas/Northland Christian, and Casey are the 20th ranked doubles team in the country by ITA. They have paired for a 19-6 record as the number one tandem in the LSC.

Pineda, a 5-2 sophomore from Allen, Texas, and Clifton are rated as seventh regionally by the ITA. They have teamed for a 7-1 doubles mark for the Mustangs.

Clifton is the only MSU player to receive one of the league's special honors sharing the LSC Freshman of the Year Award with Cameron's Paula Gutierrez.

Linn is in his fourth year as the head coach at Midwestern State, leading the Mustangs to a 22-3 mark through the LSC Tournament and it's first-ever LSC Championship and Tournament Championship. MSU did not lose a match to a Lone Star Conference team in 2014 and notched a combined match score of 32-6 against LSC opponents.

Linn has led the Mustangs to three NCAA Tournament appearances in his four seasons and has posted a women's record of 64-38, 39-10 in the last two seasons.

Casey and Pineda were also honored on the 2014 Lone Star Conference All-Academic Team.

MSU is the top seed from the South Central region and hosts the South Central Regional 1 match of the NCAA Division II Tennis Championship on Saturday at the MSU Tennis Center. MSU faces Colorado Mesa at 11 a.m., with the winner advancing to the Sweet 16 at the national tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Start Times Changed for Saturday Regional Matches

Times for the Saturday matches in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional at Midwestern State have changed.

Saturday's women's South Central Regional 1 match between MSU and Colorado Mesa will begin at 11 a.m.

The men's South Central Regional 1 match between St. Edward's and Colorado Mesa will start at 3 p.m.

The Sunday men's match between Midwestern and the winner of the SEU/CMU match will still be at 2 p.m.

Transportation problems forced the delay in the Saturday events.

Women's Tennis Moves Up to #16 in ITA Rankings

Riding the wave of a 13-match winning streak and their first-ever Lone Star Conference Championship, the Midwestern State Mustangs moved up to No. 16 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Division II Women's Team Rankings issued Wednesday by the ITA.

MSU (22-3) climbed two spots from No. 18 in the monthly national poll.

MSU is the highest ranked team in the South Central region at No. 16, one spot ahead of St. Mary's (Texas) who climbed to No. 17. Cameron is 30th, with Tarleton State 34th.

Two MSU players carry a national ranking in singles.

Freshman Amy Clifton is ranked 39th by the ITA, while sophomore Kayla Casey is ranked 41st.

The Mustangs tandem of Casey and Taylor Coffman is ranked 20th in Division II in doubles.

MSU hosts the South Central Regional 1 match as the top seed on Saturday morning. The Mustangs face fourth-seeded Colorado Mesa at 11 a.m.

The winner moves on to the Sweet 16 of the championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla., May 14-17.

Men's Tennis Up to #17 in ITA Ranking

The Midwestern State Mustangs climbed one spot to No. 17 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Division II Men's Team Rankings released Wednesday by the ITA.

The Mustangs (17-6) climb up from the No. 18 position they held for the last month.

MSU is the highest ranked team from the South Central Region, with Cameron ranked 21st and St. Edward's 24th. Western New Mexico is No. 29, while St. Mary's is No. 37 and Colorado Mesa is No. 45.

Individually, Mustangs junior Kacper Boborykin is ranked 27th in singles, with sophomore Kyle Davidson ranked 43rd in singles.

The MSU doubles tandem of junior Tomas Grejtak and freshman Ramon Toyos is ranked 11th.

Midwestern hosts the South Central Regional 1 of the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships on Saturday and Sunday at the MSU Tennis Center.

Saturday's match at 2 p.m. features fourth-seeded St. Edward's against fifth-seeded Colorado Mesa. The winner advances to face top seed MSU on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Sunday's winner moves on to the Sweet 16 of the championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla., May 14-17.