WICHITA FALLS, TX - The Midwestern State women's tennis team advanced to their fourth-straight Lone Star Conference Championship match Friday afternoon as the second-seeded Mustangs cruised to a 5-1 victory over No. 3 seed Tarleton State in a semifinal matchup at the MSU Tennis Center.
The 17th-ranked Mustangs will play for their third-straight LSC title tomorrow at 1 p.m. against the winner between No. 1 Cameron and No. 4 Texas A&M-Kingsville at the MSU Tennis Center.
Freshman Eirini Kontaki posted her fifth-straight win at No. 2 singles to clinch the match for Midwestern State (18-8), defeating Erika Richarme, 6-4, 6-3.
Senior Maddie Schorlemmer moved into a tie for sixth on the all-time wins list following an 8-0 victory with junior Abby White at No. 3 doubles to push her career record to 111-39 (.740) and put Midwestern in front early.
The duo of sophomore Amy Clifton and freshman Greta Lazzarotto added to the MSU lead with an 8-2 victory at No. 2 as Lazzarotto notched her team-best 23rd doubles win of the season.
Tarleton State (13-8) earned its lone point of the day at No. 1 doubles as Luiza Ferraro-Adas and Elena Preadca defeated Kontaki and senior Lindsay Nochowicz, 8-2.
White quickly stretched the MSU advantage to 3-1 in singles play with a dominant 6-0, 6-1 triumph on court six, improving to 18-3 on the season with her fifth-straight win. Clifton added to the lead a short time later with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 4 singles to lead up to Kontaki's clincher on court two.
No. 17 Midwestern State 5, Tarleton State 1
Apr. 29, 2016 at Wichita Falls, Texas (MSU Tennis Center)
1. No. 33 Maddie Schorlemmer (MSU) vs. Ashleigh Elward (TSU) 6-1, 4-5, unfinished
2. Eirini Kontaki (MSU) def. Erika Richarme (TSU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) vs. Luiza Ferraro-Adas (TSU) 6-2, 2-5, unfinished
4. Amy Clifton (MSU) def. Ellie Stevens (TSU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Lindsay Nochowicz (MSU) vs. Elena Preadca (TSU) 6-3, 0-2, unfinished
6. Abby White (MSU) def. Taylor Porter (TSU) 6-0, 6-1
1. Luiza Ferraro-Adas/Elena Preadca (TSU) def. Eirini Kontaki/Lindsay Nochowicz (MSU) 8-2
2. Amy Clifton/Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) def. Ashleigh Elward/Erika Richarme (TSU) 8-2
3. Maddie Schorlemmer/Abby White (MSU) def. Ellie Stevens/Shelby Fillingame (TSU) 8-0
Tarleton State 13-8; Regional ranking #6
Midwestern State 18-8; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,2)
Lone Star Conference Semifinals
Junior designated hitter Baylee Voigt blasted her first career grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to lift Midwestern State into the Lone Star Conference semifinals with a 12-8 victory over No. 3 seed Cameron Friday afternoon at West Texas A&M's Schaeffer Park.
Midwestern State (30-27) scored the final seven runs of the game to erase an 8-5 deficit and move on to the semifinals to face second-seeded Texas Woman's at 5 p.m.
In the sixth inning, junior first baseman Erin Knox doubled to left center to drive in a pair of runs for the Mustangs and cut their deficit to one. Senior third baseman Katelyn Vinson led off the frame with a double to left center while senior center fielder Haley Howerton was hit by a pitch to set up Knox's two-RBI hit. Junior left fielder Taylor Bermudes capped off the scoring for the Mustangs in the sixth with the third double of the inning to score Knox for an 8-8 ballgame.
Singles for Howerton and senior second baseman Chelsey Wall sandwiched around a Vinson walk loaded the bases with one out in the seventh for the Maroon and Gold. After clinching MSU a spot in the LSC Tournament last Friday, Voigt came through once again for the Mustangs with a bomb to left field for her 11th homer of the season to propel MSU into the lead.
Cameron threatened in the seventh, putting two runners on with one out before a liner to center and a flyout to right ended the game.
Midwestern carried the momentum early in the contest, putting up a four-run third inning behind three hits and one error to take a 4-0 lead. Voigt drove in the first run of the game with a single up the middle following a Vinson walk and Knox reaching on an error. A Bermudes single and an illegal pitch plated the second run of the game before a two-RBI single up the middle for Wall capped off the frame for MSU.
The Aggies plated all eight of their runs in the bottom of the fifth to grab an 8-5 lead on the Mustangs. Cameron totaled six singles and two doubles in the inning while also plating runs behind two hit batters and a passed ball.
Voigt finished with a career-high five RBI while Wall tied a career-best three hits to lead MSU at the plate. A total of five Mustangs finished with multiple hits on the day as MSU belted out 14 compared to Cameron's nine. Redshirt freshman Peyton Helton came on in relief to earn the win, allowing four hits, two earned runs and two walks with one strikeout in 3.0 innings to improve to 10-9 on the season.
Midwestern State's Lone Star Conference Championship run came to an end Friday evening as the Mustangs fell to No. 2 seed Texas Woman's in the LSC semifinals, 6-4, at West Texas A&M's Schaeffer Park.
Texas Woman's (32-21) scored runs in each of the first four innings, erasing an early 3-0 deficit to punch its ticket to the LSC Championship tomorrow afternoon.
Midwestern State (30-28) totaled three runs in the top of the first behind a pair of hits and an error to carry the momentum in the early going. Senior third baseman Katelyn Vinson led off the inning with a single to left center field before a throwing error in the TWU infield allowed Vinson to come around and score after senior center fielder Haley Howerton reached on a fielder's choice. An RBI single for junior right fielder Erin Knox extended the MSU lead to 2-0 before a bases loaded walk for sophomore catcher Amanda Thomas drove in the third run of the frame.
The Pioneers cut into the MSU lead in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run home run to left center for shortstop Nicole Nordie. TWU went in front in the second inning after a pair of walks and a throwing error in the infield plated two additional runs for a 4-3 advantage for the Pioneers.
Back-to-back bunt singles and a sac bunt put two runners on with no outs for the Pioneers in the third before a groundout to third gave TWU a 5-3 lead heading into the fourth inning.
Midwestern State cut into its deficit in the fourth as junior shortstop Tammy Viliamu doubled to left field to score freshman pitcher Makenzi Harris, who led off the inning with a double to center.
Nordie drove in her third run of the game in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single up the middle to give TWU a 6-4 lead.
The Mustangs were unable to mount a comeback for the second-straight game as the Maroon and Gold were limited to just one hit the final three innings.
Katie Hickey (6-4) earned the win for the Pioneers in the circle, allowing four hits, four walks and an earned run while fanning two batters. Harris (9-8) was saddled with the loss for MSU, giving up five hits, three earned runs and three walks with three strikeouts to her stat line.
Midwestern State will learn its postseason fate Monday at 9 a.m. (CT) when the NCAA Division II Softball Committee unveils the 64-team tournament field on NCAA.com. The Mustangs appeared at No. 10 in this week's South Central Regional poll before defeating Cameron, who was ranked seventh in the rankings. The top eight teams from the region will move on to the NCAA Tournament.