MSU Roundup: Softball, Tennis

Midwestern State Softball / Source: KAUZ
Midwestern State Softball / Source: KAUZ

No. 12 Lady Buffs earn series win over Mustangs with Saturday sweep

CANYON, TX (KAUZ) - No. 12 West Texas A&M rallied for a 3-1 victory in the series opener before powering its way to an 8-0 run rule in six innings over Midwestern State to take the season series Saturday afternoon at Schaeffer Park.

West Texas A&M erased a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run frame to pull ahead and take the series opener over Midwestern State.
The Mustangs (14-18, 5-11 LSC) grabbed an early lead in the third with a double by Erin Knox plating Lauren Lindgren for a 1-0 advantage.
West Texas A&M (24-6, 9-4 LSC) struck for all three of its runs in the fourth. Shayne Starkey evened up the contest with an RBI single to left center field to drive in Kylee Moore who led off the inning with a double. A single for Alyx Cordell and steals for both WT base runners put runners in scoring position for the Lady Buffs before a groundout scored the go-ahead run with two outs. Kourtney Coveney capped off the inning with an RBI double to left center to propel WT to a 3-1 advantage.
The Mustangs threatened in the seventh with a pair of walks and a single by Taylor Bermudes but a double play and a fly out to center earned the Lady Buffs the series-opening victory.

West Texas A&M scored runs in the final four innings including a three-run sixth to earn an 8-0 run rule of Midwestern State in six innings in Saturday's nightcap.
After two scoreless innings, West Texas A&M (25-6, 10-4 LSC) plated two runs in the third. Coveney led off the frame with a triple to right center before Ashley Hardin drove her in on a single to right center. Smith followed with another hit to right center with a double to stretch the lead to 2-0.
Shea Ibrahim pushed the WT lead to 3-0 in the fourth, leading off with a double to center before stealing third and scoring on a sacrifice fly to left field by Coveney.
The Lady Buffs added two runs in the fifth, scoring on a sac bunt by Cordell and an Ibrahim double for a 5-0 advantage.
The run rule came into effect in the sixth with the Lady Buffs totaling four hits in the frame. With the bases loaded, a two-out single down the right field line for Sierra Gentry scored a pair of runs for WT before a single to left center by Ibrahim ended the game.
Midwestern State (14-19, 5-12 LSC) recorded three of its six hits in the second inning, loading the bases following singles by Kelsey Knox, Kelcee Thompson and Misty Muniz.

Mustangs tally pair of ranked wins Saturday in Oklahoma

No. 21 Midwestern State claimed two victories over top-50 teams Saturday at the Oklahoma Baptist Tennis Courts.

Midwestern State (9-5) rolled to a 7-2 win over No. 46 Oklahoma Baptist in the first of two matches Saturday. Senior Ramon Toyos and sophomore Dillon Pineda posted an 8-2 victory over Luis Romero and Thomas Ackerknecht at number one doubles before sophomore Dylan Hall and freshman Angel Palacios recorded an 8-2 score over Lucas Castelo Branco and Gianluca Galdi on court two.

The Bison (11-5) avoided the doubles sweep with Babji Atturu and Matias Le Fort handing senior Chris Norrie and sophomore Denney Norrie an 8-4 loss at No. 3.

In singles play, Midwestern added another point to the board with Palacios' 6-2, 6-3 win over Castelo Branco at the number two position. Junior Vasudev Vijayaraman grinded out a 7-5, 6-4 win over Romero at No. 3 to push Midwestern's lead to 4-1.

No. 9 Toyos clinched the match at number one with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Andrusch.

On court four, Hall outlasted Le Fort with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 score just before Pineda claimed a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Ackerknecht.

Oklahoma Baptist claimed its only singles point of the day at No. 5 as Galdi defeated Chris Norrie, 6-4, 6-3.

The Mustangs continued their winning ways with a decisive 8-1 win over No. 43 Newman in the nightcap.

Midwestern started the match with a 3-0 doubles sweep behind Toyos and Pineda's 8-2 takedown of Eduardo Dos Santos and Ajani King on court one.

Hall led the way in singles play, downing Blake Crawford a 6-1, 6-0 at the number four position before Palacios clinched the match for Midwestern recording a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Felipe Batistella at No. 2.

The Jets' (8-4) lone point came from the number one singles spot as 27th-ranked Dos Santos fought his way to a 7-6, 6-7, 10-6 victory over Toyos.

The Mustangs return to action at the MSU Tennis Center Friday against regional rival No. 30 St. Edward's. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

Mustangs dominant in wins over No. 18 Oklahoma Baptist, Newman

The 15th-ranked Midwestern State women's tennis team claimed wins in both matches of their Saturday doubleheader at the Oklahoma Baptist Tennis Courts.

The Mustangs (10-3) started the day handing No. 18 Oklahoma Baptist a 7-2 loss to snap OBU's 13-match win streak. In doubles, sophomore Greta Lazzarotto and freshman Ashley Ramirez were first off the court with an 8-1 win over Alex Bowers and Caroline Abbe at No. 3 while juniors Amy Clifton and Daria Panferova recorded an 8-4 victory over Madeline Boepple and Olivia Charvat at No. 2. In the one spot, sophomore Maddy Coffman and freshman Bianca Duff knocked off the 12th-ranked duo of Rouxanne Janse Van Rensberg and Kim Moosbacher, 8-6.

In singles play, Coffman recorded Midwestern's fourth point with a 7-6, 6-0 win at No. 4 over Boepple before sophomore Eirini Kontaki clinched the match with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Charvat on court two.

The Bison (14-2) put two points on the board as No. 36 Janse Van Rensburg defeated Panferova at No. 1 singles, 7-6, 6-3, and Moosbacher extended her winning streak to 14 with a 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 score over Duff at No. 3.

The Mustangs wrapped up singles play with a 6-1, 6-4 win by Ramirez over Alex Morales on court six while Lazzarotto ended Bowers' 13-match win streak with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at five singles.

The Mustangs ended the day cruising to an 8-1 win over Newman (4-11) behind Coffman and Duff's 8-2 win over Janneke de Rijk and Tamar Tskhakaia at number one doubles. Coffman and Duff remain undefeated on the season with a 13-0 record.

Midwestern completed the doubles sweep with Clifton and Panferova claiming an 8-2 result over Katerina Stoianova and Niamh Packer at No. 2 before Lazzarotto and Ramirez fought to a 9-7 victory over Emily Wise and Mariana Gavira on court three.

Coffman clinched the match for the Mustangs with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Packer at number four singles following Duff's 6-1, 6-0 victory over Stoianova at No. 3.

The Jets' lone point came at No. 2 singles with Tskhakaia handing Kontaki a 7-5, 6-2 loss.

The Mustangs return to the MSU Tennis Center Friday to take on regional opponent No. 42 St. Edward's at 3:30 p.m.

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