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MSU Roundup: Mustangs Fall in Softball Slugfest

Midwestern State put on power show tying a school single-game record with six home runs in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament Friday at Schaeffer Park.

But it wasn't enough to overcome Cameron's 15-hit onslaught as the Aggies came away with the 14-10 win.

Cameron (30-18) moves on to face No. 1-ranked West Texas A&M in the semifinal round Friday night. First pitch from Schaeffer Park is set for 6:30 p.m.

The Mustangs' postseason fate is now in the hands of the NCAA Division II Softball Committee. The championship field is set for release Monday at 9 a.m. via selection show on NCAA.com.

Midwestern State used the long ball to rally from an early 6-0 hole heading into the bottom of the second inning.

Junior third baseman Kelley Schaefer led off the inning with the first of her two homers for the game with blast over the center-field fence.

The Mustangs alternated outs with homers over the remainder of the stanza as Katy Vandewater also delivered the first of her two dingers of the afternoon over the center-field fence. Junior Katelyn Potts closed the inning with blast to left field to pull MSU to within 6-3.

MSU pulled to within a run in the fourth as Erin Knox sent a sacrifice fly to center field, then Schaefer followed with a run-scoring single to the right-field gap to narrow Cameron's lead to 6-5.

The Aggies pushed the lead back out to seven by scoring a single run in the fourth and five in the fifth for a 12-5 advantage, but Cameron just couldn't keep the ball in the yard for long.

Vandewater led of the sixth with her second home run, then Kim Jerrick launched her 55th career homer -- a two-run shot to left field -- to pull MSU back to within 12-7.

The Aggies responded with a two-run blast from Paige Daino in the top of the seventh before Schaefer closed the scoring with a two-run shot to center field in the bottom of the frame.

Freshman starter Katlyn Holmes allowed six runs on seven hits over two innings fall to 11-11 on the season. Knox came on to allow eight runs -- seven earned -- on eight hits over the finale five innings.

Schaefer paced MSU's 10-hit attack going 3-for-3 with four RBIs including her 10th and 11th home runs, while Vandewater was 2-for-4 with second consecutive 2-homer performance.

The Mustangs fell to 28-22.

Track: Mustangs Off to Quick Start at LSC Championships

Juniors Cristina Alcantar and Emma Ramirez keyed a Midwestern State's quick start on opening day of the Lone Star Conference Championships Friday at Javelina Stadium.

Alcantar narrowly outdistanced her teammate to take silver in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase with a time of 11:09.26, her best time of the season and sixth best in MSU program history.

She needed every bit of the effort to edge Ramirez, who claimed the bronze with a personal best time of 11:10.33.

The times both meet the NCAA Division II Championship provisional qualifying time (11:15.00) and currently stand as the 32nd and 36th best times this season.

Senior Melody Caldwell (11:43.58) and junior Danielle Chavarria (11:45.16) took seventh and eighth to give the Mustangs a cool 17 points in the steeplechase.

Juniors Michelle Krezonoski (37:22.32) and Gabby Ruiz (37:28.38) posted personal bests to take fourth and fifth in the 10,000-meter run to claim nine more points for the Mustangs, who finished the first day tied for fourth with 26 points.

Sophomore Maira Salinas (40:45.90) and junior Lucia Trejo (42:07.04) also turned in MSU personal bests in their first attempt at 10,000 meters this season.

Junior Ana Lopez became the first MSU runner to qualify in the finals of the 800-meter dash finishing fourth in the first heat with a program outdoor record time of 2:16.79.

The final is set for Saturday at 6:40 p.m.

Redshirt-freshman C.J. Frizzell clocked times of 1:00.13 in the 400-meter dash and 2:24.47 in the 800, while freshman Maranda Rodriguez notched a 400-meter PR (1:01.94) while clocking a 2:28.87 in the 800. Neither qualified for the event final.

Junior Ashley Flores, who is coming off of a provisional qualifying and school record time of 4:32.08 last weekend in the 1,500, attempts to improve her national standing running with Alcantar, Ramirez and a very strong field Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

Ruiz, Krezonoski and Flores lead a pack of 11 Mustangs entered in the 5,000-meter run Saturday at 7:20 p.m. while Frizzell, Rodriguez, Ramirez and Lopez team up in the 400-meter relay.
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