WICHITA FALLS, TX - Midwestern State claimed a series win over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Senior Day Saturday afternoon, earning a split with the Javelinas following a 9-2 game one victory and a 10-1 run-rule defeat in five innings in the series finale.
Prior to the start of Saturday's doubleheader, the softball program honored seniors Haley Howerton, Katelyn Vinson and Chelsey Wall as they played their final home games at Mustangs Park.
Midwestern State moved to 29-27 on the season while finishing Lone Star Conference play with a 14-18 record to earn the No. 6 seed in next weekend's LSC Tournament. The Mustangs clinched the final tournament spot Friday night following a sweep of the Javelinas. Midwestern State will face No. 3 Cameron Friday, Apr. 29 at 11 a.m. at West Texas A&M's Schaeffer Park in Canyon.
Midwestern began the day belting out 13 hits with four Mustangs registering two hits apiece in a 9-2 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville (21-33, 10-21 LSC).
The Mustangs put up a three-run frame in the first inning on two hits and one error to take an early 3-0 advantage. Vinson began the game with a walk before a wild pitch and a Howerton single put her in scoring position. Howerton stole second, leading up to a wild pitch that brought in Vinson for a 1-0 MSU lead. An RBI single for junior designated hitter Baylee Voigtand a groundout scored two additional runs for the Mustangs to give the home team the momentum early.
Another error for the Javelinas plated the first of two runs for the Mustangs in the third inning before a single down the left field line for sophomore catcher Amanda Thomas propelled the Mustangs to a 5-0 lead.
Midwestern continued to stretch its lead in the fourth with Vinson coming around to score her second run of the game on a sacrifice fly from junior pitcher Erin Knox after leading off the inning with a double. Junior left fielder Taylor Bermudesdrove in the second run of the frame for a 7-0 advantage with a single to right field to plate Howerton, who reached on a bunt single earlier in the inning.
TAMUK lit up the scoreboard in the sixth inning with its first two runs of the game off an RBI double from designated hitter Roxy Chapa and an error in the MSU outfield.
Voigt tallied her second home run of the series in the bottom half of the inning, leading off with a solo shot to left field for an 8-2 lead. An RBI single to right for junior shortstop Tammy Viliamu capped off the MSU scoring for the game for the 9-2 final.
Knox earned the win in the circle for the Mustangs, improving to 9-7 on the season after allowing six hits, one earned run and two walks while striking out six batters. Michaela Huebotter fell to 1-5 after giving up five hits, four earned runs and three walks in 2.2 innings for the Javelinas.
TAMUK turned the tables on MSU in the series finale, recording 12 hits while limiting the Mustangs to just three for the run-rule win in game two.
Center fielder Haley Boyett plated the first run for the Javelinas in the first inning, singling and stealing second before coming around to score on a Chapa single to center.
A three-run shot to left for Rachael Longoria highlighted a four-run second for the Javelinas to extend their advantage to 5-0. First baseman Victoria Schoonard-Saborio followed with a three-run bomb of her own in the fourth as the Javelinas plated four additional runs for the 9-0 lead.
Boyett posted the third homer of the game for TAMUK in the fifth inning for the 10-0 advantage before Knox drove in the lone run for the Mustangs in the bottom half of the inning, sending a pitch to left center for a double to score Howerton, who reached on a two-out walk. Knox led the Mustangs with two hits for the game.
Freshman Makenzi Harris took the loss for the Mustangs, allowing six hits and four earned runs in 1.1 innings to fall to 9-7. Carlie Clark picked up the win for TAMUK, giving up just three hits, one earned run and three walks with five strikeouts to improve to 10-11 overall.
In a matchup of two top-20 nationally-ranked teams, the 20th-ranked Midwestern State women's tennis team fell short in their regular season finale Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 loss to No. 16 Northeastern State at the NSU Tennis Complex.
Karla Tomaic recorded a 6-2, 7-6 (2) victory over Alexis Arrieta at No. 6 singles to clinch Northeastern State's 13th-straight win to move to 17-2 on the season. The Central Region's No. 1-ranked team posted wins in two of three doubles matches while claiming straight-set wins on three courts along with a three-set victory to defeat the Mustangs.
Midwestern State fell to 17-8 on the season with the RiverHawks snapping a three-match win streak for the Maroon and Gold.
In doubles play, the duo of senior Maddie Schorlemmer and junior Abby White put Midwestern in front early as the pair cruised to an 8-0 victory over Tomaic and Easton Parker at No. 3. However, the RiverHawks responded with an 8-2 win at No. 2 and an 8-3 victory on court one to pull ahead heading into singles play.
White and freshman Eirini Kontaki each extended their win streaks to four matches after coming away with singles wins on the day.
White improved to a team-best 17-3 on the year with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Parker at No. 5 singles to even the match at 2-2. With the match decided, Kontaki rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Daria Panferova, the No. 6-ranked player in the Central Region, for her fifth win over a regionally-ranked opponent this season to move to 14-9 overall.
Midwestern State begins its quest for a third-straight Lone Star Conference Championship next weekend as the Mustangs serve as hosts for the two-day event at the MSU Tennis Center. The No. 2 seed Mustangs begin play Friday at 10 a.m. against No. 3 Tarleton State in the LSC semifinals. The championship match will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. against the winner between top-seeded Cameron and No. 4 Texas A&M-Kingsville.
No. 16 Northeastern State 6, No. 20 Midwestern State 3
Apr. 23, 2016 at Tahlequah, Okla. (NSU Tennis Complex)
1. No. 32 Patricia Husakova (NSU) def. No. 27 Maddie Schorlemmer (MSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Eirini Kontaki (MSU) def. Daria Panferova (NSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Valeriia Efimenko (NSU) def. Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Molly Worden (NSU) def. Lindsay Nochowicz (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Abby White (MSU) def. Easton Parker (NSU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Karla Tomaic (NSU) def. Alexis Arrieta (MSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
1. Patricia Husakova/Molly Worden (NSU) def. No. 23 Lindsay Nochowicz/Eirini Kontaki (MSU) 8-3
2. Daria Panferova/Valeriia Efimenko (NSU) def. Amy Clifton/Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) 8-2
3. Abby White/Maddie Schorlemmer (MSU) def. Easton Parker/Karla Tomaic (NSU) 8-0
Midwestern State 17-8; National ranking #20; Regional ranking #3
Northeastern State 17-2; National ranking #16; Regional ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,1,6,2,3)