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Western New Mexico men's golf faded slightly at the conclusion of day 1 but strong performances by the top players landed the Mustangs in a tie for the lead with Midwestern State at the Lone Star Conference Championships in Abilene TX. Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce fired a tournament best 5 under par to lead the field after 2 rounds of play.
WNMU women's golf completed the first day of play landing in 7th place. #30 Texas A&M Commerce leads a field that features 4 of the top ranked teams in the nation. #8 West Texas A&M is 2 strokes back entering the final day of competition.
Western was paced by Shelby Turner's 4 over par 75 followed by Brenda Dominguez 1 stroke back. The Mustang's top 2 players finished behind Commerce's Paige-Lee Garris tournament leading 2 under par 69.
Silver City, N.M. – For the second time in as many weeks, the Western New Mexico Mustang Softball team will have the home field advantage as they welcome the Rambelles of Angelo State to Silver City this weekend.
The Mustangs (5-29, 4-20 LSC) grabbed their fourth win in conference play, fifth overall, last weekend in game one against Eastern New Mexico. It took an extra inning and close call at home plate, but the Mustangs pulled out the 4-3 win over the Greyhounds.
After winning an extra inning thriller Friday, the Mustangs took to the field for Saturday's doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico.
Game one of the day featured some savvy batting by the Greyhounds. Julia Vega (Tucson, AZ/University High School) started off by striking out the first batter, forcing a fly out following by a grounder for a quick first half for Eastern. Vega continued to strike out batters in the second, but gave up two hits and the first run of the day.
Costly errors in the top of the third led to two runs for Eastern.
Despite a double from Marina Garcia (Tucson, AZ/Desert View High School), followed by a walk for Carolyn Castillo (Silver City, NM/Silver City), the two would be left stranded in the inning. The team followed up with big defensive plays in the fourth to halt the Eastern's scoring.
After a walk from Miranda Simjian (Humboldt, Arizona/Prescott High School), Grisdey Paredes – Alvarez doubled to left field to put Simjian in scoring position. An error by the short stop put Tycee Coplan (Taylor, AZ/Snowflake) on base and bringing in the Mustangs first run.
Eastern put a string of a hits together in the top of the sixth to take a 7 – 2 lead. Western would answer with four hits of their own to score three runs and come within two and 7-5. In their last at bat, the Mustangs were unable to close the gap, giving game one to the Greyhounds.
As the clouds bypassed the field, game two took off.
With Jayln McClain (El Centro, CA) on the mound and two outs on the board, Eastern doubled to left field to score one and take the early lead.
Fast forward to the bottom of the fifth, a single from Alicia Habitzreuther (Sierra Vista, AZ/Buena) started a series of hits for Western scoring two.
Ahead by two going into the final inning, Eastern put together four hits to score three runs for a final score of 7-2 and the sweep on the day.
As a team Western tallied 18 hits on the day. Julia Vega (Tucson, AZ/University High School) struck out four in game one, while Jayln McClain (El Centro, CA) added two of her own in game two.
The Mustangs will get to sleep in their own beds for another week, as they play host to Angelo State next week in a doubleheader on Thursday and a single game on Friday.
It took an extra inning for the Mustang Softball team to clinch the win over cross-state rival Eastern New Mexico. The Mustangs battled through chilly conditions to earn the 4-3 win and take game one of the series in exciting fashion.
It was a battle from the beginning as Julia Vega (Tucson, AZ/University High School) took to the mound, striking out the first and third batters. A walk, followed by a double from Jennifer McElroy drove in the first run for the Greyhounds.
After a quick Mustang half of the inning, Vega grabbed her third strikeout before assisting with the second. This time Kayla Marshall smashed a double to left field, scoring one more run for the Greyhounds taking a 2-0 lead.
A single from Carolyn Castillo (Silver City, NM/Silver City), followed by a double from Makayla Guerra (Silver City, N.M/Silver High School) put Western in scoring position but were left stranded. The team did make it up on the defensive end, forcing a double-play to keep Eastern scoreless.
Savvy base running by Tycee Coplan (Taylor, AZ/Snowflake) and a single from Marina Garcia (Tucson, AZ/Desert View High School) brought in the first run for the Mustangs. Fast forward to the bottom of the fifth, Ariana Maldonado (Albuquerque, NM/Cibola) came up big with a solo shot to right center to tie the game at two.
Eastern proved to stay in it till the end, recording another double in the top of the sixth to take the 3-2 lead.
Bottom of the seventh. One out, enter Ariana Maldonado (Albuquerque, NM/Cibola). It only took one pitch for the senior to hit her second homerun of the day this time over the left field wall, to yet again tie the game and force extra innings.
Jayln McClain (El Centro, CA) came in to close, striking out two before playing a grounder to first for the third out.
Grisdey Paredes – Alvarez was hit by pitch to put the winning run on base. Coplan reached on an error by the third baseman, advancing to second as the ball trickled into the outfield allowing Alvarez to head to third. With Garcia up to bat, a single was all that was needed to win the game. A shot to the short stop and Alvarez was on the move, sliding home for the win.
Credit Jayln McClain (El Centro, CA) with the win, her second of the season allowing just two hits while striking out three.
Maldonado finished 2-for-4 on the day, both solo homeruns and coming at crucial times in the game. Garcia, Castillo, Guerra and Miranda Simjian (Humboldt, Arizona/Prescott High School) added two of their own as the Mustangs tallied 11 hits on the day to Eastern's 8.
The 23rd ranked Mustang men hosted one of the most competitive fields at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear AZ on Monday and Tuesday, finishing in a tie for 6th place out of 23 teams. Eight of the top teams in the country competed including #4 Western Washington & #6 Chico State, who finished second and third behind #41 Colorado School of Mines.
Mines fired rounds of 276, 279, & 285 to hold on to first place two strokes ahead of Western Washington and four clear of Chico State. WNMU was thirteen shots. Western fired a 279 in the first round, good for second place, but fell back with rounds of 286 & 288 to close out play tied with #31 Cal State East Bay & Colorado State - Pueblo.
Kingsville, TX -- In the series finale, the Mustangs stepped up to plate against the #5 Texas A&M - Kingsville Javelinas hoping to take a game off before heading home.
A two-run shot by Kingsville gave them a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
It was Makayla Guerra (Silver City, N.M/Silver High School) who connected in the second, with a double down the right field line. Unfortunately she would be left stranded, leaving the team scoreless.
The Mustangs played steady defense behind the arm of Julia Vega (Tucson, AZ/University High School), keeping Kingsville quiet for two innings. In the bottom of the fourth Kingsville scored one on a wild pitch, followed by two more runs on a single to right field. Grisdey Paredes - Alvarez made a quick play at third for the line out, followed by a throw to first to tag the leading runner for the final two outs.
Kingsville, TX – Looking to break their losing streak, the Mustangs headed to Kingsville, Texas for their series against the #5 Javelinas.
What was originally supposed to be a single game Friday, turned into a doubleheader due to weather in Saturday's forecast.
Game one took place under the Friday night lights, as the Mustangs stepped up to a pitching lineup who leads the conference. It showed, as Sadie Castillo struck out the first three Mustang batters. Kingsville owned the batter's box in the opening inning. Western managed to limit the Javelinas to four runs and four hits, while leaving three runners stranded to close out the inning.
Western kept the Kingsville runs to a minimum, especially in the third grabbing three quick outs for what would be the only scoreless inning for Kingsville.
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