MSU roundup: wins for softball, tennis

MSU softball / Source: KAUZ
MSU softball / Source: KAUZ

Softball sweeps twin-bill from Western New Mexico

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State secured its third Lone Star Conference series win of the season with a doubleheader sweep of Western New Mexico Friday evening at Mustangs Park.

Game 1 Recap:

Erin Knox recorded a career-high eight strikeouts and went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored to carry Midwestern State to an 8-3 win over Western New Mexico in the series opener

Knox lifted Midwestern (15-20, 6-13 LSC) to a 1-0 advantage in the first inning with a solo home run over the left field fence for her third bomb of the season.

Western New Mexico (1-32, 0-16 LSC) evened up the contest in the third on two hits and two errors with WNMU plating its first run of the game on an infield error for a 1-1 score.

In the bottom half of the third, Taylor Bermudes propelled MSU back in front with an RBI single to center field to bring in Misty Muniz for a 2-1 lead.

Midwestern plated six runs on three hits and two errors in the fourth inning with Taylor Mordecai launching the second homer of the game with a solo shot to left field for a 3-1 advantage. After three-straight walks, Lauren Lindgren drove in the second run of the inning with a single to left before a Bermudes single stretched the lead to 6-1 with two runs coming across. A sacrifice fly for Knox and an infield error by WNMU capped off the frame for MSU with two additional runs coming home for an 8-1 advantage.

WNMU added runs in the fifth and six innings with Ariana Maldonado recording an RBI single in the fifth and an RBI groundout by Mariangela Garcia following back-to-back singles for WNMU in the sixth for an 8-3 final.

Midwestern State overcame a season-high six errors with Knox going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored while Bermudes went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run.

Game 2 Recap:

A three-run home run by Misty Muniz in the fifth inning broke open a tied game to lift Midwestern State to a series win with a 6-2 victory in game two of Friday's doubleheader.

Midwestern State (16-20, 7-13 LSC) struck early with a pair of runs in the first with Kelsey Knox driving in two with a single up the middle after walks for Bermudes and Erin Knox.

In the second inning, Western New Mexico (1-33, 0-17 LSC) knotted it up at 2-2 following two MSU errors and an RBI single by Brooklyn Misenhimer.

A leadoff walk for Erin Knox and single for Kelsey Knox led to a two-out homer to left field for Muniz in the fifth with her fourth long ball of the season propelling MSU to a 5-2 advantage.

A single up the middle for Mordecai plated Bermudes in the sixth after her one-out double for a 6-2 Midwestern lead. WNMU was limited to just one walk in the final two innings with MSU earning the Friday sweep.

Kelsey Knox tied a career-high three hits with two RBI and a run scored while Muniz went 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead MSU. Peyton Helton tossed a two-hitter while allowing no earned runs with four strikeouts to earn the win in the circle.

Midwestern State and Western New Mexico square off in the series finale tomorrow at Mustangs Park with an 11 a.m. first pitch.

W. Tennis: Mustangs power past Hilltoppers

The 15th-ranked Midwestern State women's tennis team won their fifth-straight match with a decisive 8-1 win over No. 42 St. Edward's Friday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.

The Mustangs (11-3) opened the day with a strong showing in doubles by taking all three doubles points. Juniors Amy Clifton and Daria Panferova were first off the court with an 8-2 victory over Laura Galvan and Valentina Martinez on court two. At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Greta Lazzarotto and freshman Ashley Ramirez picked up an 8-4 win over Anjali Sampath and Elisa Guillen.

Sophomore Maddy Coffman and Bianca Duff rallied from behind to pick up their 14th-straight win over Beth Hayward and Marissa Williams at number one doubles with a 9-7 score.

In singles play, Midwestern was first to strike as Panferova handed Sampath a quick 6-0, 6-0 loss on court one.

Coffman increased her win streak to seven with a 6-3, 6-2 score over Paola Carpio at No. 4 singles to clinch the match for the Mustangs just before Duff defeated Hayward 6-3, 6-4 on court three.

At No. 5, Lazzarotto pushed Midwestern's lead to 7-0 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Williams while Ramirez outlasted Martinez, 6-3, 5-7, 10-7, on court six.

The Hilltoppers (8-9) picked up their lone point at number two singles as Galvan battled to a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 win over sophomore Eirini Kontaki.

The Mustangs are back in action tomorrow as they take on 30th-ranked Auburn Montgomery at the MSU Tennis Center. First serve is set for 10 a.m.

#15 MSU Women vs #42 St. Edward's:

Singles Competition
1. Daria Panferova (MSU) def. Anjali Sampath (SEU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Laura Galvan (SEU) def. Eirini Kontaki (MSU) 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
3. Bianca Duff (MSU) def. Beth Hayward (SEU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Maddy Coffman (MSU) def. Paola Carpio (SEU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) def. Marissa Williams (SEU) 6-3, 7-5
6. Ashley Ramirez (MSU) def. Valentina Martinez (SEU) 6-3, 5-7, 10-7

Doubles Competition
1. Maddy Coffman/Bianca Duff (MSU) def. Beth Hayward/Marissa Williams (SEU) 9-7
2. Daria Panferova/Amy Clifton (MSU) def. Laura Galvan/Valentina Martinez (SEU) 8-2
3. Greta Lazzarotto/Ashley Ramirez (MSU) def. Anjali Sampath/Elisa Guillen (SEU) 8-4

Match Notes:
St. Edward's 8-9; National ranking #42; Regional ranking #4
Midwestern State 11-3; National ranking #15; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,3,5,2,6)

M. Tennis: Mustangs push win streak to 5

No. 21 Midwestern State claimed its seventh win over a nationally-ranked team Friday as they defeated in-region rival No. 30 St. Edward's 7-2 at the MSU Tennis Center.

The Mustangs (10-5) started the day claiming all three doubles points. On court two, sophomore Dylan Hall and freshman Angel Palacios recorded an 8-3 win over Charlie Shin and Mateus De Col while the duo of senior Chris Norrie and freshman Denney Norrie claimed an 8-3 victory over Davor Ivkovic and Andre Mercado at No. 3. Senior Ramon Toyos and sophomore Dillon Pineda completed the sweep for the Mustangs with an 8-5 score over Chase Bartlett and Chase Morehouse at one doubles.

In singles play, Pineda was quick off the court handing Will Drumwright a 6-1, 6-3 loss on court four. Palacios clinched the win for Midwestern with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Shin at No. 1 singles.

On court three, Hall battled to a 6-1, 6-7, 11-9 win over De Col just before Norrie recorded a 6-4, 6-2 win over Mercado at No. 5.

The Hilltoppers (12-9) picked up a pair of straight-set singles wins with Bartlett defeating junior Vasudev Vijayaraman, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 2 and Logan Buignet cruising by freshman Josh Sundaram, 6-0, 6-1, at six.

The Mustangs take on Auburn Montgomery tomorrow at the MSU Tennis Center with first serve set for 10 a.m.

#21 MSU Men vs #30 St. Edward's:

Singles Competition
1. Angel Palacios (MSU) def. Charlie Shin (SEU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Chase Bartlett (SEU) def. Vasudev Vijayaraman (MSU) 6-4, 6-1
3. Dylan Hall (MSU) def. Mateus de Col (SEU) 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 11-9
4. Dillon Pineda (MSU) def. Will Drumwright (SEU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Chris Norrie (MSU) def. Andre Mercado (SEU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Logan Buignet (SEU) def. Joshua Sundaram (MSU) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. Ramon Toyos/Dillon Pineda (MSU) def. Chase Bartlett/Chase Morehouse (SEU) 8-5
2. Dylan Hall/Angel Palacios (MSU) def. Charlie Shin/Mateus de Col (SEU) 8-3
3. Chris Norrie/Denney Norrie (MSU) def. Davor Ivkovic/Andre Mercado (SEU) 8-3

Match Notes:
St. Edward's 12-9; National ranking #30; Regional ranking #5
Midwestern State 10-5; National ranking #21; Regional ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,1,3,5,6)

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