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After a tough opening game to start Senior Day, the Western New Mexico University softball team regrouped and nearly pulled off the impossible in the second game. Trailing 14-6 in the seventh, the Lady Mustangs put four on the board and had a pair of runners on when the game ended to allow Texas A&M-Kingsville to escape with the 14-10 game two victory. The Javelinas won the opener 13-1 in five innings that counted as the final Lone Star Conference game of the series.
Junior Carolyn Castillo kept battling and finally got a pitch she liked. What followed was a no doubt three-run homer to center that helped turn around game one and led the Western New Mexico University softball team to a 7-4 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Javelinas recovered in game two defeating the Lady Mustangs 11-2 in six innings during Lone Star Conference action Friday.
WNMU (5-42, 3-26 LSC) got the boost they needed from Castillo in the third. With Texas A&M-Kingsville (28-24, 14-15 LSC) jumping out to a 3-0 lead entering the third, the Lady Mustangs used a big five-run inning to take the victory.
Junior Liam Fraboulet and senior Jeanne Kolb were both honored for their singles play, while a pair of Mustang doubles teams earned awards as the Lone Star Conference All-Conference accolades were released Thursday.
Fraboulet played at the top flight all season and was named to the All-Conference singles team. He tallied six wins, picking up top victories against Colorado Mesa, Oklahoma Baptist, and nationally ranked Vasudev Vijayaraman from Midwestern State. He also added nine doubles victories, five with fellow senior Vladimir Gnilozubov and four with freshman David Valles
Junior Shelby Turner landed in the top-10, with sophomore Brenda Dominguez right behind, as they helped lead the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team to a fifth place finish at the Lone Star Conference Championships that concluded Tuesday at the par 71, 6,009 yard Diamondback Golf Course.
Turner was on fire Monday as she was tied for first with a 69. She remained in the top-10 after a second round 80 for a 140 to finish 10th. Dominguez made a huge jump during the second round as after opening with a 79, she ripped of a 71 for a 150 to tie for 11th.
Freshman Sam Ruston, backed by being named the Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year, did not disappoint. He shot a pair of 71’s, along with a 72 to place third, while the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team came in fourth as a team after the third and final round of the LSC Championships wrapped up Tuesday at the par 71, 6,977 yard Diamondback Golf Course.
Ruston continued what has been an impressive opening act with the Mustangs right into the championships. He opened with a first round 71 and after a 72 during the second round had him in seventh, he turned it on Tuesday to fire another 71 for a 214 to take third and finish just two-strokes off the top spot. He led the team in par-four scoring posting a 4.00 clip, third-best in the field. He also tied for the team lead in par-three scoring with fellow freshman Harry O’Callaghan at 3.08, tied for fourth best in the field. If that wasn’t enough, he also added 36 pars and nine birdies. During the final round, he utilized three birdies on holes one, nine and 13 and added 12 pars.
Sophomores Brenda Dominguez and John Gallegos each took home Lone Star Conference All-Academic honors that was announced Sunday evening during the championship banquet.
To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 grade point average and be at least a sophomore, both academically and athletically. The Academic Player of Year award and All-Academic Team are selected from the list of academically qualified players, with the league's sports information directors voting based on both academic and athletic achievement.
The Western New Mexico University golf teams took home several honors Sunday at the Lone Star Conference championship banquet. Among the top honors were Head Coach Kent Beatty being named Men's Coach of the Year, while Sam Ruston took home Freshman of the Year honors. Sophomores Pedro De La Vega, Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce and Brenda Dominguez also collected accolades.
This is nothing new for Coach Beatty, as back during the 2014-15 season he picked up his second straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Men's Coach of the Year honor. Back in 2009, he was named the RMAC's Women's Golf Coach of the Century and during the 2005-06 season as members of the Heartland Conference, he was named both the Men's and Women's Coach of the Year.
Backed by a strong complete game performance by sophomore Lyana Waddell, juniors Ariana Maldonado and Carolyn Castillo attempted to bring the Western New Mexico University softball team back over the final few innings, but Cameron held on for the 3-2 Lone Star Conference victory Sunday afternoon.
The teams were set to play a doubleheader originally, but due to weather on Saturday, that postponed the series until Sunday and the teams decided just to play the third and final game of the conference series and cancel game four.
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