USW Athletic News

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March 21, 2017
Lubbock Christian Stifles Southwest
 
LUBBOCK, Texas – The University of the Southwest baseball team dropped a 22-0 decision at No. 25-ranked (NCAA Division II) Lubbock Christian Tuesday evening.
 
Micah Tambur batted 2-for-3, Jose Pena finished 1-for-3 and Christian Pimentel and Austin Fitts each went 1-for-4.
 
Shaun Bowler absorbed the loss. He tossed two innings and allowed eight hits, five runs and three walks and fanned three.
 
USW returns to Red River Athletic Conference action Thursday at Wiley.


March 20, 2017
Lopez and Ornelas Named USW Student-Athletes of the Week

HOBBS, N.M. – Felipe Lopez and Selena Ornelas have been named University of the Southwest Student-Athletes of the Week for March 13-19.
 
Lopez played a pivotal role in leading the Mustangs to a sweep over Houston-Victoria. He batted 6-for-14, scored six runs and added four RBIs. He also hit the game-winning RBI in a 16-15 walk-off win over the Jaguars.
 
Ornelas won the javelin throw at the Southwestern Invitational with a toss of 37.88 meters.
 
USW baseball returns to the diamond Tuesday at Lubbock Christian and USW track & field returns to action this weekend at the UTEP Springtime Invite.


March 18, 2017
USW Storms Past UHV 13-6 to Complete Series Sweep
 
HOBBS, N.M. – The University of the Southwest baseball team completed its series sweep over Houston-Victoria with a 13-6 victory Saturday afternoon at Jake Williams Field.
 
Nate Caban put the Mustangs up in the bottom of the second with a two RBI single through the hole at second base. USW added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth, with Caban again coming through with a two RBI double down the left-field line. Danny Rodriquez also added an RBI single and the Mustangs led 5-0.
 
In the top of the seventh UHV (6-10, 3-6 RRAC) rallied to take a 6-5, however, USW countered with an offensive outburst in the bottom half of the inning. Austin Fitts, who pitched ran for Ean Smith scored on a wild pitch to knot it at 6-6. Chris Aviles then added an RBI single to push across the go-ahead run. Isiah Peters extended the lead with a two RBI triple down the deep left-field line. The Mustangs also scored two runs on a UHV throwing error.
 
Alex Goodman tossed seven and two thirds and scattered seven hits, allowed six runs (five eared) and walked three and struck out six.
 
Caban batted 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Peters finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
 
USW (17-12, 7-2 RRAC) returns to the diamond Tuesday at Lubbock Christian.


March 17, 2017
Offense Sparks USW to Friday Sweep Over UHV
 
HOBBS, N.M. – The University of the Southwest baseball team combined for 27 hits in 11-4 and 16-15 wins over Houston-Victoria in Red River Athletic Conference action Friday afternoon at Jake Williams Field.
 
In game two the Mustangs saved its best for last.
 
Nate Caban reached on a hit by pitch and Isiah Peters laid down a bunt to move Caban over to second base. Kody Kolb singled up the middle to move Caban to third base and set up Felipe Lopez for the heroics.
 
Lopez drilled a deep fly ball to right field and Caban trotted home to clinch the walk-off victory.
 
“I’m just really proud of this team.” USW head coach Steve Appel said following the win. “These guys don’t give up and just enjoying playing baseball. It’s just an overall team effort and they aren’t afraid to set up to the challenge.”
 
The game was a back-and-forth affair. UHV jumped out to a 5-0 lead, however, USW countered with six runs in the bottom half of the first. The Jaguars added three runs in the top half of the third, but again the Mustangs responded with five runs of its own. UHV found success at the plate in the top of the fourth and added four runs. USW once again responded with two runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
 
UHV scored a run in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to tie the game before Lopez’s walk-off RBI.
 
Lopez finished 1-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Kenneth Corona batted 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored, while Pio Sanchez Jr. batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Ean Smiith finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and scored a pair of runs.
 
In the series opener, the Mustangs opened a 7-1 lead and cruised to the 11-4 win.
 
Aaron Higgins started on the bump and threw four and one thing innings and scattered three hits, allowed four runs and six walks and fanned four to earn the win. Travis Dotson entered in relief and tossed two and two thirds scoreless innings and allowed two hits and fanned two.
 
Jose Pena, J.C. Velasco and Caban each batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs apiece, while Ben Tingen finished 1-for-4 with an RBI double.
 
USW and UHV closeout their three-game series Saturday at noon.


March 16, 2017
Ornelas Wins Javelin Throw at Southwestern Invitational
 
WINFIELD, Kan. – The University of the Southwest men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams opened their 2017 season at the Southwestern Invitational.
 
USW enjoyed success on the women’s side with a pair of top 5 individual finishes.
 
Selena Ornelas won the javelin throw with a toss of 37.88 meters. Katrina Weir, competing in her first race since the NAIA indoor championships, placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.39.
 
Furthermore, the Mustangs enjoyed success throughout the invite.
 
Shelby Bartley finished in the top 10 in a pair of throwing events. She placed eighth in the discus with a toss of 38.22 meters and ninth in the shot put with a heave of 10.17 meters.
 
Jamiah Evans earned three top 15 finishes. She placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 11.02 meters, 11th in the hammer throw with a heave of 36.43 meters and 13th in the discus with a toss of 36.68 meters.
 
Chenoah Belen placed 11th in the shot put with a throw of 9.72 meters.
 
Alexas Aleman fiished sixth in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:55.37. Aleman also finished 13th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:14.85.
 
On the men’s side, Charlie Quintero finished 8th in the 1500-meter run with a time of 6:42.28, while Jacob Silva (26th) crossed the finish line in 4:47.04 and Jonathan Moran (29th) finished with a time of 6:08.11.


March 14, 2017
USW Men Place 6th at Pinecrest Intercollegiate
 
LONGVIEW, Texas – The University of the Southwest men’s golf team shot a 309 in the third round and finished with a three-day total of 917 to finish sixth at the Pinecrest Intercollegiate Tuesday evening.
 
Individually, Graeme Brunet finished the tournament with a 225 and placed 17th overall. Wyatt Beard carded a 232 and finished tied for 29th. Colin Massey was just a stroke behind with a 233 and finished 33rd.
 
Trey Cates finished out the scoring with a 237 and placed 38th.
 
On the women’s side, Taylor Sobieski carded a two-day total of 177 and placed 19th. Samantha Gonzales finished 29th with a 197.


March 14, 2017
USW's Gonzalez, Garcia Capture RRAC Weekly Softball Honors
 
WACO, Texas – Brianna Gonzalez earned recognition as the RRAC Softball Player of the Week for March 6-12, while her teammate, Madison Garcia, was awarded her second consecutive RRAC Pitcher of the Week for the same dates. This is the fifth set of weekly awards for the 2017 softball season.
 
Gonzalez, scored nine runs and drove in six in a 5-1 week for the Mustangs. The junior centerfielder was 3-for-6 at the plate as USW split a doubleheader with Sul Ross State University (Texas) on Tuesday. Gonzalez then opened a four-game series against Jarvis Christian College (Texas) by going 3-for-3 with three doubles, three RBI's and three runs scored as the Mustangs won, 11-9. She scored a run in each game of the series and closed out with a pair of hits and an RBI in the finale. For the week, Gonzalez was 9-for-17 batting with a walk and a stolen base. She leads the RRAC with a .453 average and she is tied for the lead in runs scored at 22. USW climbed to third place in the conference at 8-4 with a record of 10-12 on the season.
 
Garcia was active again this week while collecting two more wins and a save in four appearances. After pitching one scoreless inning against SRSU, the junior lefty from Midland, Texas, limited JCC to nine hits and four runs in six innings to earn the victory in the first game. Garcia was also the winning pitcher in the third game while holding the Bulldogs scoreless on one hit over four innings for a 7-4 triumph. She also blanked JCC over three innings in the last game to pick up the save. In a total of 14 innings of work, Garcia struck out seven and allowed one walk. She is third in the RRAC in ERA at 1.73 second in strikeouts with 37.


March 13, 2017
Goodman Tosses Complete-Game Shutout at LSU Alexandria
 
ALEXANDRIA, La. – Alex Goodman tossed a complete-game shutout and led the University of the Southwest baseball team past LSU Alexandria 4-0 Monday afternoon in Red River Athletic Conference action.
 
The Mustangs’ offense did its damage in the top of the second inning. USW loaded the bases and Mikey Davis reached on a fielder’s choice to push across a run. Ben Tingen singled to right-center to score two runs and Isiah Peters capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Davis.
 
Over the course of nine innings Goodman scattered six hits and allowed one walk and fanned four.
 
USW returns to diamond this weekend for a three-game series with Houston-Victoria.


March 12, 2017
USW Receives Strong Pitching in Pair of Defeats
 
ALEXANDRIA, La.  –  The University of the Southwest baseball team struggled to find an offensive groove and were swept by LSU Alexandria 5-0 and 2-1 Sunday afternoon in Red River Athletic Conference action.
 
Despite the setback in game two, Marvin Galarza pitched exceptionally well. He tossed seven and two thirds and scattered six hits and allowed two runs and two walks and fanned three.
 
Koby Kolb delivered the Mustangs’ lone run in the top of the sixth with an RBI single.
 
In game one the Mustangs received another great performance on the mound, this time from Kevin Whitaker. He tossed a complete game and scattered seven hits and allowed five runs (three earned) and two walks and fanned two.
 
Danny Rodriquez, Ean Smith, Jose Pena and Kolb each collected a hit.
 
USW and LSUA closeout their series Monday afternoon.


March 11, 2017
USW Tops Jarvis Christian and Completes 4-Game Sweep
 
HOBBS, N.M. –  The University of the Southwest softball team swept Jarvis Christian by scores of 7-4 and 4-0 Saturday afternoon in Red River Athletic Conference action.
 
In game two Erica Polanco and Madison Garcia combined to complete the shutout. Polanco started and tossed four innings and scattered six hits to earn the win. Garcia entered in the fifth inning and allowed no hits and two walks and fanned two batters.
 
To start the bottom of the third inning Candi Hernandez tripled to right field and Brianna Gonzalez singled to right field to score what proved to be the game-winning run.
 
In the bottom of the fourth Adrianna Silva added an RBI double and the Mustangs extended its lead.
 
USW scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach.
 
In the opener, USW’s offense came to life and the Mustangs led 7-0 after three innings.
 
Chelsea Carroll batted 0-for-2 but added two RBIs, drew a walk and scored once. Amanda Leyva and Erica Chasco each added RBIs.


March 11, 20
Alex Goodman's no-hitter

In sport, there’s often a moment that defines a season or acts as a pivotal turning point.
 
For the University of the Southwest baseball team it can be argued that February 18, 2017 will end up being one of the turning points for the 2017 season. Junior Alex Goodman tossed the program’s third no-hitter en route to a 3-0 win over Randall University at Jake Williams Field.
 
However, Goodman keeps the moment into perspective.
 
“Obviously, it’s awesome to throw a no-hitter,” Goodman said. “I just wanted to win the game and that’s what we did.”
 
Goodman also praises the defense behind him and his catcher, Chris Aviles, for calling an admirable game behind the plate.
 
“Chris did a great job and the defense played well behind me,” Goodman added. “Brock (Sullivan) also made a diving catch at third base, so without our defense, there’s not a no-hitter.”
 
For USW head coach Steve Appel, it was the first time he’s seen a no-hitter as a coach.
 
“Hats off to the kid. To throw a no-hitter is something special and it means a lot,” Appel said. “He’s been pitching really well and I expect him to continue to elevate his game.”
 
The Mustangs started the season 2-7, however, since the no-hitter the USW baseball team has won nine of its past 11 and are on a seven-game winning streak. The Mustangs also opened Red River Athletic Conference play with a 3-0 record.
 
“Since I’ve been here each season it’s taken sometime for the guys to jell and play together,” Appel added. “So far, it seems like that’s happening sooner than expected.”
 
The season is far from over, but after the first weekend of RRAC competition, USW sits atop the standings and travel to LSU-Alexandria for a tough three-game series.
 
“This team has done a great job of taking it a game at a time,” Appel said. “We expect a tough series at LSUA and we need to continue to do what we are doing. With that being said, it’s evident that the culture is beginning to change and it’s an expectation that we will complete at LSUA and against any conference opponent.”
 
USW returns home March 17 for a three-game set vs. Houston-Victoria.


March 10, 2017
USW Softball Sweeps Jarvis Christian
 
HOBBS, N.M. –  The University of the Southwest softball team swept Jarvis Christian by scores of 11-9 and 2-1 Friday afternoon in Red River Athletic Conference action.
 
In game one the Mustangs used an early offensive burst to gain control.
 
Brianna Gonzalez started the bottom half of the first inning with a double to center field and later advanced to third on a passed ball. Randee Garcia then singled to center to score Gonzalez to put the Mustangs on board. Courtney Turner recorded an RBI to right field to add the second run of the inning.
 
USW did its majority of damage in the bottom half of the second inning. The Mustangs first three batters reached base. Candi Hernandez doubled to right field to score a pair of runs. The Mustangs went back to the top of the order and Gonzalez added her second double of the game, this time to push across two runs. Erica Chasco singled to left field to add a run and the Mustangs led 7-1.
 
USW scored two runs in the third and fourth innings and the Mustangs opened a 11-5 lead.
 
Madison Garcia earned the win in the circle. She tossed six innings and allowed nine hits, five runs (four earned) and no walks and fanned four.
 
Gonzalez finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
 
As a team the Mustangs pounded out 13 hits.
 
Unlike the opening game, the second game of the twin bill proved to be a defensive battle.
 
Erica Polanco tossed a complete game and allowed five hits, one run and three walks and struck out one.
 
USW scored the go-ahead and game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning behind a Chasco RBI single.
 
USW completes its series with the Bulldogs on Saturday with a 11 a.m. doubleheader.


March 7, 2017

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HOBBS, N.M. – Coming off a 24-victory season that saw the USW Lady Mustangs Volleyball team reach the Red River Athletic Conference Championship Game, USW athletics was searching for a proven and experienced leader as their next Head Coach to build upon the program’s recent successes. Towards that end, the University of the Southwest Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recently announced the hiring of Angela Franke as its Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, introducing her as the newest member of the Mustang Athletic Staff.
 
“Angela Franke possesses all of the qualities that one would look for in a successful Head Coach,” stated Vice President for Institutional Development and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics William Weidner. “Angela’s well-rounded coaching background, excellent recruiting organization and proven experience as a Head Coach on the intercollegiate level will serve her well in her role as our Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at USW. Her commitment to student-athlete success in the classroom and on the field of play will be a great fit with our athletic department core values as well as our University Mission Statement in this regard.”
 
Franke, who coached the previous three seasons as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Loyola University at New Orleans, is excited to lead the USW Women’s Volleyball program.
 
“I am very excited to join the Mustang family,” Franke said. “I would like to thank Mr. Weidner, the USW administration and the search committee for this great opportunity. I’m looking forward working with the team and build on what they’ve already accomplished. Our goal is to take USW volleyball to the next level.”
 
Franke coached Loyola University at New Orleans, an NAIA institution, to a pair of Southern States Athletic Conference volleyball tournament appearances. The 2016 season featured a four-match winning streak where the Wolf Pack lost only one set. Loyola also defeated Dalton State College in the SSAC tournament. During her tenure as Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, Franke also served as the Athletic Compliance Coordinator for the Loyola University at New Orleans athletic department.
 
Prior to Loyola, Franke served as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at NCAA Division I Mississippi Valley State University. Highlights of Franke's tenure in Itta Bena included a third-place SWAC Eastern Division finish and a first round SWAC tournament upset of top-seeded Prairie View A&M in 2012. MVSU also defeated defending SWAC champion and perennial conference power Jackson State University in five thrilling sets in the conference tournament.
 
In February 2011, Franke was hired as the Head Women's Volleyball Coach at St. Andrews University in North Carolina at the NCAA Division II level. Franke spent one season with the Knights before accepting the head coaching post at MVSU, but made a lasting impact on the women’s volleyball team, restarting a program that did not compete the previous year and laying a solid foundation for future successes during her tenure.
 
Prior to accepting the head coaching position at St. Andrew’s University, Franke accepted her first head coaching position as Head Women's Volleyball Coach at McCook Community College, Nebraska in 2009. During her stay as head coach, Franke successfully fulfilled her coaching responsibilities in leading the program forward in addition to serving as the Director of Housing.
 
Prior to her time at McCook Community College, Franke entered the intercollegiate coaching profession as the Women’s Volleyball Graduate Assistant Coach at NCAA Division I Alcorn State University from 2007-2008.
 
As a student-athlete, Franke played women’s volleyball on scholarship for two seasons at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., and completed her career as a student-athlete at the NCAA Division I level with Jackson State University. Franke received a Master of Science in Guidance Education from Alcorn State University in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Alcorn in 2007.
 
“Angela, along with her daughter Alyx and son Alijah, will be wonderful additions to our athletic department, the University and the Hobbs community,” added Weidner. “On behalf of our USW Athletic Department and the University of the Southwest, we welcome Angela Franke as the newest member of our Mustang Family.”






March 6, 2017
Peters Earns RRAC Player of the Week Award
 
WACO, Texas -- Isiah Peters of University of the Southwest (N.M.) claimed the RRAC Baseball Player of the Week award for Feb. 27-March 5.
 
Peters scored nine runs and drove in three as the Mustangs swept a four-game series with Texas College. The junior outfielder was 8-for-14 at the plate with two triples for the week. In the second game, Peters was 3-for-3 with a triple as USW won, 9-3, and he had three hits and a pair of RBIs in the third game, which was a 12-0 victory. The native of San Antonio, Texas, also was 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts.
 
Peters leads the RRAC in runs scored per game at 1.20, and he is second in total runs scored with 24. With three of the games counting toward conference standings, the Mustangs are 3-0 in the RRAC and 13-10 on the season.


March 4, 2017
USW Runs Winning Streak to 7 Straight

HOBBS, N. M. – The University of the Southwest baseball team ran its winning streak to seven in a row and completed its series sweep over Texas College by scores of 12-0 and 7-6 Saturday afternoon at Jake Williams Field.

In the nightcap J.C. Velasco was the hero in the bottom of the seventh to cap off a come-from-behind victory. The Tucson, Arizona native delivered a sacrifice fly to center to score Christian Pimentel from third base and the Mustangs walked-off with the win.
“These guys are doing it together and winning as a team right now,” USW head coach Steve Appel said. “That was a total team effort. We had to use our entire bench and I was proud how everyone competed. We used small ball, especially in the final half of the inning.”

USW received offensive help from an array of Mustangs. Kody Kolb, Isiah Peters, Ean Smith and Payton Chacon each added an RBI. Peters also batted 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Travis Dotson entered in the top of the fourth and earned the win. The Orlando, Fla. product tossed four innings and scattered two hits and allowed one run and one walk and fanned six.

In game one the Mustangs used its offense, coupled with reigning two-time RRAC Pitcher of the Week Alex Goodman to close the door on the Steers.

Goodman tossed a complete-game shutout and allowed no walks and struck out four. He also received plenty of run support.

Kolb batted 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Chris Aviles finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs. The Mustangs also recorded 18 hits.

“In previous seasons it’s taken this team a while to start gelling,” Appel said. “Right now things look promising and we will head into LSU-Alexandria on a positive note.”

USW travels to LSU-Alexandria next weekend for a three-game series.


March 4, 2017
USW Splits with OLLU
 
HOBBS, N.M. – Madison Garcia tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the University of the Southwest softball team past Our Lady of the Lake 1-0 Saturday afternoon. OLLU won game two 5-3.
 
The Mustangs scored their lone run in the bottom half of the first inning. Brianna Gonzalez was hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Courtney Turner recorded an RBI single to score Gonzalez.
 
Courtney Turner batted 2-for-3 and Lynette Nikolao finished 2-for-3 with a stolen base.
 
In game two Erica Chasco finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Madylin Matthys, Monika Madrid and Turner each added RBIs.
 
USW returns to action Tuesday at home vs. Sul Ross State.


March 3, 2017
USW Walk-Off with Pair of Wins Over OLLU

HOBBS, N.M. – The University of the Southwest softball team ran its winning streak to three in a row with a pair of come-from-behind wins over Our Lady of the Lake Friday afternoon in Red River Athletic Conference action. The Mustangs won game one 3-2 and seized game two 10-9.
 
In game one Candi Hernandez doubled to right field to right field to score Lynette Nikolao to clinch the victory.
 
Despite the late-inning offense, it was the pitching from Madison Garcia that powered the Mustangs. The Midland, Texas product threw a complete game and scattered eight hits and allowed two runs and no walks and fanned three.
 
Madylin Matthys went 0-for-3, but added two RBIs in the sixth inning put the Mustangs on board.
 
In game two the Mustangs scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk-off with the win.
 
Erica Chasco started the inning with a double and Courtney Turner followed that with a single. Madie Mathius walked and that set the stage for Lynette Nikolao to single to right field and push across two runs. Chelsea Carroll then doubled to right field to score two more runs and the Mustangs walked off with the win.
 
Chasco finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Turner batted 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and Nikolao went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
 
USW (4-10, 3-3 RRAC) and OLLU (6-9, 2-4 RRAC) complete their series tomorrow with an 11 a.m. doubleheader.


March 3, 2017
USW Sweeps Texas College in RRAC Opener
 
HOBBS, N.M. – The University of the Southwest baseball team opened Red River Athletic Conference competition in convincing fashion and swept Texas College 10-4 and 9-3 Friday afternoon at Jake Williams Field.
 
In the series opener, the Mustangs used an offensive burst in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull away.
 
Danny Rodriquez broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single up the middle. Ben Tingen then drilled a double to deep right-center to push across two runs. Later in the inning Payton Chacon singled to left to score two runs and Tingen took advantage of a Steers’ mistake and scored on an error.
 
Kevin Whitaker pitched a complete game. He scattered five hits and allowed four runs (two earned) and walked three and fanned nine.
 
Chacon batted 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBIs, while Tingen finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
 
USW rallied late to defeat TC in the nightcap.
 
The Steers opened a 3-0 first-inning lead, however, the Mustangs chipped away took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. Ean Smith tied the game with an RBI single and Chacon reached base on a fielder’s choice to score Felipe Lopez to put the Mustangs in front.
 
USW added five run in the bottom of the eight to put the contest out of reach.
 
Marvin Galarza tossed a complete nine-inning game. He scattered six hits and allowed three runs (none earned) and walked two and struck out seven.
 
Felipe Lopez batted 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Isiah Peters finished 3-for-3 and crossed the plate on three occasions.
 
USW (11-10, 2-0 RRAC) and TC (6-12, 0-2 RRAC) finish their series Saturday at noon.


March 2, 2017
Ramirez and Weir Competing at NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships


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HOBBS, N.M. – The Volunteer State is going to have a couple of Mustangs in its midst this weekend. Gilbert Ramirez and Katrina Weir qualified for the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in in Johnson City, Tennessee on the campus of East Tennessee State University.
 
For USW head track and field coach, Jeff Kavalunas, the trip to Tennessee is great end to the indoor season.
 
“This is a pretty big deal for them,” Kavalunas said. “They’ve both worked very hard and their improvements throughout winter competition has prepared them well for the championships.”
 
Ramirez, who will compete in the 600-meter dash is excited for the opportunity to compete for a championship. However, the Albuquerque native runs for a higher purpose.
 
“Without a doubt, the goal is to compete for a championship and be an All-American,” Ramirez said. “I’ve been running since I was a freshman in high school and I run for one purpose and that’s for God. He’s given me this gift to do this and our trip to Tennessee will allow me to praise him.”
 
Weir will compete in the 60-meter dash and is excited to compete at a high level and represent USW.
 
“As a senior it’s tough to admit that my career a student-athlete is winding down,” the Christ Church, Barbados native said. “I was injured last year and was able to comeback from that and to qualify for the national indoor meet is a blessing. It’s a privilege to compete and my goal is to have fun and represent USW in a positive manner.”
 
Ramirez and Weir aren’t strangers to competing against the best. The duo competed at the 2016 NAIA outdoor championships and that experience will provide dividends.
 
Ramirez and Weir both compete in their preliminary heats on Friday to qualify for the finals on Saturday.


February 28, 2017
Women's Basketball to Hold Open Tryouts

The University of the Southwest women's basketball team will be holding an open tryout on Friday March 10, 2017 and Friday March 17, 2017 at the Maddox Student Life Center on USW's campus. 
The tryout is open to high school juniors and seniors, junior college student-athletes, and college transfers (with a release).  Scholarship money is available for those that are chosen to participate on either the varsity team or junior varsity teams. Gym shoes and proper gym attire is required for the tryout.  Please bring a basketball for warm up activities and drills.  

The Schedule of Events will allow student-athletes to not only tryout for the basketball teams, but they will also have the opportunity to eat lunch in the on-campus cafeteria, visit with admissions, financial aid and deans/professors and tour the campus, dorms and facilities.

Schedule of Events:
Friday March 10, 2017 AND Friday March 17, 2017
10:00 am – 11:00 am = registration
11:00 am – 12:30 pm = lunch in the cafeteria (players and family will need to purchase lunch)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm = meet USW's President and Athletic Director
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm = visit with admissions, financial aid, registrar's office, business office
2:00 am – 3:00 pm = visit with deans and/or professors
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm = tour campus, facilities and dorms
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm = open tryout

Please RSVP to head coach Jamene Caldwell by filling out the online registration form at https://form.jotform.com/70575077592162. For questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact her by email or phone at jcaldwell@usw.edu or 936.714.1725.

About the University of the Southwest:
Founded in 1962, the University of the Southwest (USW) is a private, four-year Christian university located in Hobbs, New Mexico.  Regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees both on-campus and online.  USW has been ranked by the U.S. News and World Report for "Top Online Education Programs", "Top Online Business Programs", and "50 Most Affordable Small Southern Colleges for a Sports Management Degree in 2016". On the same hand, the USW Athletic Department has recently been recognized as "The Fastest Growing Intercollegiate Athletic Program in the Nation". 
Built on a foundation of Christian values and a servant leadership philosophy, the University of the Southwest is a community of dedicated staff and faculty committed to developing each student, helping them achieve their full potential in the classroom, on the playing field and in the communities they serve.


February 28, 2017
Goodman Earns 2nd Consecutive RRAC Pitcher of the Week Award


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WACO, Texas -- Alex Goodman was named a repeat selection as Red River Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 20-26. This is the fifth set of weekly awards for the 2017 baseball season.
 
Goodman followed up a no-hitter from the previous week by scattering five hits over seven innings to defeat Austin College (Texas), 4-2. The junior from Gilbert, Ariz., struck out 11 hitters and didn't allow an earned run or a walk. Goodman is now 2-2 on the season with a 3.16 ERA. He's fifth in the RRAC in strikeouts with 27. USW is now 9-10 on the season.
 
Additional player nominees: Justice Brown (Wiley), Logan Constantine (LSU Alexandria), Andrew Gross (Houston-Victoria), Isiah Peters (Southwest), Braden Rawlinson (Texas College).
 
Additional pitcher nominees: Joe Champion (Wiley), Blake Garrett (LSU Alexandria), Justin Olivarez (Texas College), Trey Robledo (LSU Shreveport).


February 25, 2017
USW Defeats No. 18 Houston-Victoria

HOBBS, N.M. – The University of the Southwest softball team defeated No. 18 Houston-Victoria 7-2 in the series finale Saturday evening.
 
The Mustangs scored three times in the bottom half of the first inning and added runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
 
Madison Garcia earned the win in the circle. She tossed a complete game and scattered five hits, allowed two runs and two walks and fanned four batters.
 
Brianna Gonzalez batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a double and triple. Courtney Turner finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and double, while Erica Chasco went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.
 
HVU swept the Mustangs on Friday by scores of 7-0 and 9-1. USW dropped game one Saturday 11-0.


February 25, 2017
Mustangs Sweep NCAA Division III Austin College
 
SHERMAN, Texas – The University of the Southwest baseball team continued its recent hot streak and swept Austin College 4-2 and 5-4 Saturday afternoon.
 
"I thought overall our kids played well. We had just enough to win each game that we did,” USW head coach Steve Appel said. “Our arms battled and competed all weekend and our defense played well, especially our outfield.”
 
Coming off a no-hitter, Alex Goodman pitched exceptionally well in Saturday’s opener. The Gilbert, Arizona native threw a complete game and allowed five hits, two runs (unearned) and no walks and fanned 11 batters.
 
Designated hitter Felipe Lopez provided the Mustangs with offense in the top of the third inning with a single to center field to push across a pair of runs. Isiah Peters also added run support with a RBI double to left field.
 
Mikey Davis added an insurance run in the top of the fifth with an RBI triple.
 
USW needed heroics in the top of the seventh to defeat the Roos.
 
Tied 4-4, Chris Estrada recorded a sacrifice fly to right field to score Lopez.
 
Travis Dotson earned the win in relief. He tossed three innings and allowed two hits and one run (unearned).
 
Ben Tingen received the no decision and threw four innings and allowed five hits, three runs (two earned) and four walks.
 
“Overall, we learned that we can win some close games and guys are playing within their roles. I feel good going in to conference play with our starters on the mound and the guys in my dugout.” Appel said. “We have to continue to work hard and our young guys won’t be young anymore. "