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March 11, 2010
By Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang fans!

This past Sunday, the Mustang men's basketball team concluded its season with a great effort against St. Cloud State in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament championship game. I would like to thank all of our Mustang fans who traveled to St. Cloud to support the men's team. I received many positive comments from the administration at both St. Cloud State and the NSIC office for the number of fans that came to Halenbeck Hall to support the Mustangs last Sunday.

The SMSU wrestling team will have three wrestlers competing this Friday and Saturday in Omaha, Neb. at the NCAA Championships. Representing the Mustangs at the tournament will be Brandan Schunk, who qualified at 141 pounds, C.D. Johnson at 184 pounds and Brian Rodas at 285 pounds. Good luck to Coach Nelson and our trio of Mustang Wrestlers!

The SMSU tennis team forced four match tie-breakers against MSU-Moorhead on Sunday, but were only able to capitalize on one, losing the contest 5-4. The Mustangs drop to 2-5 overall (0-3 NSIC) and are back in action on March 20 against Gustavus in St. Peter.

The Mustang softball team, 5-5 overall, were off on Wednesday and will continue play today against two Ohio teams. SMSU will take on Urbana at 8 a.m. and Tiffin and noon in a split doubleheader.

The SMSU baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday by recording a season-high in both runs and hits to earn a 17-7 victory over Slippery Rock (Pa.) in Lakeland, Fla.

SMSU (3-5) finished with 18 hits, all singles, to earn its first win in five games during its 10-game Florida road trip. Matt Bauer, Cody Curry, Andrew Kinney and Josh Wendland all finished the game with three hits, while Bauer led the SMSU offense with four RBI. Mustang starter Tyler Paulson earned the victory on the mound, tossing 5 2/3 innings with a career-high eight strikeouts.

The Mustangs will continue play Thursday afternoon, taking on No. 13 Grand Valley State (Mich.) in Winter Haven, Fla. for a doubleheader starting at 11:30 a.m.

The SMSU versus Winona State women's golf dual match on Tuesday at Poston Butte G.C. in Florence, Ariz. was canceled after nine holes due to poor weather conditions. SMSU had a team score of 179, while WSU had a team score of 183 when play was stopped. The scores do not count for NCAA competition.

The Mustangs began their 2010 season Wednesday, competing in the five-team, 36-hole Poston Butte Invitational at Poston Butte G.C. SMSU finds itself in second place, just two strokes behind MSU-Mankato. Play will conclude today, starting at 10:14 a.m. NSIC foes Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota State-Mankato, Winona State and Upper Iowa are all competing at the invitational.

The Mustang wheelchair basketball team will host the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament here in Marshall on March 18-20. This will be the final competition of the year for our wheelchair basketball team.

Good luck to our Mustang teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!

- Congratulations, Mary Lord, who emailed in the correct answer to the last Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: How many regular season NSIC Championships has the Mustang softball team won under head coach Shawn Semler? The Mustang softball team has won five regular season NSIC Championships under Coach Semler, with four of the championships being outright and one co-title in 2007.

Thank you to all who submitted answers to last week's trivia question.

Hoofprints Trivia Question

Last season, the Mustang Baseball team made their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. What team did the Mustangs beat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Grand Junction, Colorado?

The first person to email me at with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU Ag Bowl t-shirt. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400AM each week.



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