Going into the 2012 Lone Star Conference Softball Championship tournament as the No. 6 seed, Midwestern State opens play against No. 3 seed Tarleton State on Friday. The fourth match up of the season between the Mustangs and the TexAnns kicks off the postseason tournament held April 27-28 at Pioneer Field in Denton.
MSU swept the TexAnns in their three game series during the regular season, taking 5-3, 7-6, and 6-5 wins at Mustangs Park in Wichita Falls. The victories came early in the Mustangs season long nine game winning streak and knocked Tarleton out of first place in the LSC. The TexAnns went on to lose six of their last nine games in the regular season.
Entering the tournament with a 15-12 conference record, the Mustangs need to win at least one game in the single elimination tournament to secure a winning season. With an overall record of 25-24, a quick exit will give MSU first non-winning season in the nine year history of the program.
If MSU wins on Friday their next game will be Saturday against the winner of the Texas Woman’s/Incarnate Word game. A win in that game puts them in the tournament championship.
A few eyes will still be on the record book for MSU. Senior Mallory Mooney needs one home run to pass Rachael Jackson as the Mustangs all-time leader. Mooney is currently tied with Jackson with 28 home runs in her career.
Junior Courtney Bingham needs one double to break her own single season record of 19 set in 2010.
Following the Mustangs and TexAnns, No. 2 seed and host school Texas Woman’s University takes on No. 7 seed Incarnate Word. No. 4 West Texas A&M then faces Abilene Christian. The first day wraps up with LSC regular season champions Angelo State taking on No. 8 Cameron.
The higher seeded team will serve as the designated home team in the first round, with a coin flip determining the home team for the following rounds.
2012 LSC Softball Championship Tournament schedule
Midwestern State vs. Tarleton State, 11:30 a.m.
Incarnate Word vs. Texas Woman’s, 2:00 p.m.
Abilene Christian vs. West Texas A&M, 4:30 p.m.
Cameron vs. Angelo State, 7:00 p.m.
MSU/TSU winner vs. UIW/TWU winner, Noon
ACU/WTAMU winner vs. ASU/CU winner, 2:30 p.m.
Tournament Championship, 6:00 p.m.
LSC regular season final standings
with overall record
1. Angelo State, 23-4 (42-8)
2. Texas Woman’s, 18-8 (36-14)
3. Tarleton State, 16-11 (31-19)
4. West Texas A&M, 16-11 (34-17)
5. Abilene Christian, 15-11 (29-15)
6. Midwestern State, 15-12 (25-24)
7. Incarnate Word, 11-16 (26-23)
8. Cameron, 8-19 (17-31)
9. Eastern New Mexico, 7-20 (15-34)
10. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 5-22 (17-33)
NFCA Division II Top 25
1. Valdosta State
3. Central Oklahoma
6. Cal State-Monterey Bay
7. Minnesota State-Mankato
9. Cal State-Dominguez Hills
10. Angelo State
11. North Georgia
12. Winona State
16. Emporia State
17. Augustana (SD)
18. Southern Connecticut State
19. Cal State-Chico
20. Grand Valley State
21. Missouri Western State
22. California (PA)
24. West Texas A&M
MSU hitting leaders
Average: Courtney Bingham (.431)
Home runs: Kim Jerrick (9)
RBIs: Mallory Mooney (47)
Hits: Courtney Bingham (69)
Stolen bases: Elena Bennett (31)
LSC hitting leaders
Average: Elsamartina Apo, Angelo State (.453)
Home runs: Allie Cranfill, West Texas A&M (19)
RBIs: Kendra Sancet, Texas Woman’s and DeeshanaLynn Tafiti, Angelo State (60)
Hits: Kacie Easley, Angelo State (70)
Stolen bases: Bailey Vrazel, Texas Woman’s (74)
MSU pitching leaders
Wins: Lindsi Glenn (19)
ERA: Lindsi Glenn (3.58)
Strikeouts: Lindsi Glenn (79)
Opponents batting average: Brenna Hennan (.315)
Saves: Lindsi Glenn (1)
LSC pitching leaders
Wins: Claire Molina, Angelo State (23)
ERA: Caitlyn Crain, Abilene Christian (2.30)
Strikeouts: Samantha Swanda, Tarleton State (182)
Opponents batting average: Randi Fentress, Tarleton State (.230)
Saves: Larisa Garcia, Texas Woman’s (8)