MSU Roundup: Golf and Tennis

MSU Roundup: Golf and Tennis

Mustangs fall at No. 25 Cameron in LSC opener, 6-3 

No. 21 Midwestern State suffered a 6-3 setback to No. 25 Cameron in its Lone Star Conference opener Tuesday afternoon at the Streich-Henry Tennis Complex.

Cameron (12-10, 1-0 LSC) carried the momentum early, taking a 2-1 advantage after doubles play.

The Aggies went in front with the 13th-ranked duo of Felipe Oyarzun and Mateo Velasco defeating Ramon Toyos and Dillon Pineda at No. 1 doubles, 8-3.

Midwestern State (12-7, 0-1 LSC) answered back with Chris and Denney Norrie taking down Vinicius Santos and Julen Gutierrez, 8-2, on court three for a 1-1 match.

CU closed out doubles play with Bruno Babic and Keiran President edging out Dylan Hall and Angel Palacios, 9-7, at No. 2.

The Aggies quickly grabbed a 4-1 lead in singles play with Velasco and Oyarzun tallying their second wins of the day. Velasco was the first off the court following a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Vasudev Vijayaraman at No. 4 before Oyarzun recorded a 7-5, 6-0 win over Hall on court three.

Pineda cut the MSU deficit to 4-2 after a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Gutierrez at No. 5 singles. With the Mustangs battling to stay alive on the three remaining courts, 50th-ranked Santos earned the clincher for the Aggies with a 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 9 Toyos at the top position.

At No. 6 singles, Chris Norrie pushed his win streak to six matches with a come-from-behind 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over President for MSU's third point.

Babic closed out the match for CU with a super tiebreaker win over Palacios on court two, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

Midwestern State returns to the courts tomorrow with a 5 p.m. match against Division I Abilene Christian at the Eager Tennis Center in Abilene.

Baker, Mustangs win Lions Classic

Jared Baker continued an incredible spring claiming his second individual victory Tuesday afternoon at the Arkansas-Fort Smith Lions Classic played at the par-70-6,783-yard Hardscrabble Country Club.
 
But the Holliday High product had plenty of company also donning the maroon and gold at the top of the leader board with freshman Clayton Meyers and senior Thomas Smith taking third and fourth, respectively, as Midwestern State also claimed its second team tournament title finishing with an 8-under 54-hole total of 832.
 
"It was a good, solid team effort," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "Everyone is contributing two rounds. This golf course isn't easy. You have to hit a variety of shots to be successful. It's a shot making course and our kids played great golf."
 
MSU's total was enough to win by 26 strokes over St. Mary's (Texas) and UA-Fort Smith. It also sets a program low 54-hole total bettering the 24-under 840 set at the 2009 Lone Star Conference Championship. It's the Mustangs 12th overall team win since bring back golf in 2006.
 
Baker carded scores of 68, 67 and 68 for a 7-under total of 203 to win by two strokes over UA-Fort Smith's Chris Eckes.
 
"Jared is playing solid golf," Ray said. "He made some incredible saves today. Another solid tournament, he's playing great."
 
Baker claimed his third career win and second of the season with three consecutive rounds in the 60s which gives him 10 for his career.
 
He extended his remarkable run through the spring lowering his stroke average to 69.81 over 11 rounds during the 2017 calendar year. Baker has played nine of his 11 rounds during the spring semester at par or better posting scores in the 60s five times during the run.
 
Baker also matched MSU's low 54-hole mark matching former teammate Derek Oland, who fired a 10-under 203 at the West Florida Argonaut Invitational in 2014.
 
Baker's standout final round 2-under 68 was matched by junior Trip Hobson while Meyers and Smith chipped in even-par 70s for the final two team countable tallies. Overall, the Mustangs last eight counters were par-or-better scores.
 
Meyers, a sophomore from Llano, notched his first collegiate Top 10 finish logging scores of 74, 63 and 70 to place third with a 3-under total of 207.
 
Smith, a senior from Stoke-on-Trent, England, logged his second Top 10 finish of the season and eighth of his career carding scores of 71, 68 and 70 for a 1-under total of 209 to take fourth.
 
Hobson marked a season-best 68 in the final round to go with a 75 and 73 on Monday to tie for 15th with a 6-over total of 216, while junior Dominick Haskins carded scores of 78, 70 and 75 to tie for 32nd with a 23-over total of 223.
 
Midwestern State came into the week ranked fourth in the NCAA Division II South Central Region rankings, but scored a 26-stroke win over top-ranked St. Mary's (Texas).
 
The Mustangs next compete in the Lone Star Conference Championship on April 24-25 at Frisco Lakes Golf Club.

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