New Softball Regional Rankings
1. Angelo State
2. Southeastern Oklahoma
3. Abilene Christian
5. Central Missouri
6. Missouri Western
7. Midwestern State
8. West Texas A&M
9. Emporia State
10. Texas A&M-Kingsville
Mustangs release 2009 football slate
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State kicks off its 2009 slate which features six home games with a showdown with New Mexico Highlands on Aug. 29 at Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys are one of two non-conference games for Midwestern which will also face the University of the Incarnate Word on Sep. 19 at Benson Stadium in San Antonio.
The Mustangs draw Lone Star Conference crossover games against Southeastern Oklahoma, Northeastern State and Central Oklahoma for the second-straight season. MSU fills out the 11-game slate with traditional LSC South with home games against West Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Abilene Christian. The Mustangs hit the road to face Angelo State, Tarleton State and Eastern New Mexico.
The Mustangs open the season against New Mexico Highlands on Aug. 29 at Memorial Stadium against New Mexico Highlands of the Rocky Mountain Atheltic Conference. Current NMHU coach Chad Roanhaus passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cowboys to a 40-23 win over Midwestern in the teams' only meeting at Perkins Stadium in Las Vegas, N.M. on Sep. 23, 1995.
New Mexico Highlands was 3-8 last season, but claimed wins in two of its last three games. The Mustangs are 2-4 against the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, winning their last contest against the league taking a 41-15 decision over Adams State on Aug. 25, 2007 in Alamosa, Colo.
Midwestern opens crossover play at Southeastern Oklahoma State on Sep. 5 in Durant before returning to Memorial Stadium to face Northeastern State on Sep. 12.
The Mustangs have dominated the LSC North since 2000, going 29-4 against the North and had a 16-game winning streak against the Oklahoma-based schools snapped by Central Oklahoma late last season.
Midwestern State travels to San Antonio to face future LSC South Division foe Incarnate Word on Sep. 26. The Cardinals enter the league in 2010.
The Mustangs open South Division play at Angelo State on Sep. 26. MSU has beaten the Rams three-straight times and in five of the last six meetings, but that's when the schedule has turned.
In each of the last three seasons, the Mustangs have taken perfect 5-0 marks into its rivalry games with West Texas A&M and Tarleton State. In each of the seasons, MSU has taken consecutive losses. In fact, since the current South Division schedule format took effect in 2005, Midwestern has lost consecutive midseason games to the Buffs and Texans.
The Mustangs then close with three of four games at home down the stretch.
MSU plays host to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Oct. 17 before finishing off crossover play by taking on Central Oklahoma for Homecoming on Oct. 24.
The Mustangs travel to Blackwater Draw to face Eastern New Mexico on Halloween before closing the regular season against Abilene Christian.
Midwestern has strung together an LSC-best nine-straight winning seasons and is 52-24 (.684) in seven seasons under Bill Maskill which includes playoff appearances in 2004 and 2006.
Aug. 29 New Mexico Highlands
Sep. 5 at Southeastern Oklahoma
Sep. 12 Northeastern State
Sep. 19 at Incarnate Word
Sep. 26 at Angelo State*
Oct. 3 West Texas A&M*
Oct. 10 at Tarleton State*
Oct. 17 Texas A&M-Kingsville*
Oct. 24 Central Oklahoma (HC)
Oct. 31 at Eastern New Mexico*
Nov. 7 Abilene Christian*