Mustang Hoofprints: April 26

Hello Mustang fans!

This weekend the SMSU football team will conclude spring drills on Saturday with its annual Spring Game at the Regional Event Center starting at 1 p.m. The game is free and open to the public.

The Spring Game will feature the offense versus the defense with a point system used to determine the winner. The offense receives points for touchdowns and field goals, along with first downs, run plays of 10 or more yards and pass plays of 20 or more yards. The defense receives points for sacks/tackles for loss, turnovers and turnover on downs.

In conjunction with the Spring Game, the SMSU football program will host a free youth football clinic starting at 11:45 a.m. The event is open for all kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. SMSU players and coaches will conduct the camp. Concessions at the stadium will be open throughout the day.

SMSU will open the 2013 regular season on Saturday, Sept. 7, hosting St. Cloud State.

The Mustang Booster Club is gearing up for their 2013-14 Membership Drive, which will be starting in mid-May. The top priority for the Mustang Booster Club is to raise athletic scholarship dollars for SMSU Athletics. The Membership Drive is the fund raising event that generates the most revenue for the booster club each year. If you are interested in participating on one of our membership drive teams, please contact Tim Steinbach in the SMSU Department of Athletics at 537-7204.

Please mark your calendars as the Mustang Booster Club will host the David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic being held on Friday, June 14, at the Marshall Golf Club and Saturday, June 15, at the Tyler Golf Club.

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This Week in Mustang Athletics

The SMSU baseball team (10-22-1 overall, 5-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) lost a couple of one-run ballgames Wednesday against Concordia-St. Paul in NSIC action in Minnetonka. The Mustangs will continue conference play this weekend with a four-game series scheduled at Northern State on Saturday and Sunday, but may be moved due to poor field conditions.

The SMSU softball team (15-21, 8-16) split a doubleheader with Concordia-St. Paul yesterday in the Regional Event Center, beating Concordia 11-1 in Game 1 before losing game two 9-2. The Mustangs head into the weekend looking to earn a spot in the NSIC Tournament. On Saturday, SMSU will host Northern State in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, the Mustangs will battle Minnesota State-Moorhead at noon, with the location of this weekend’s games pending field conditions.

The SMSU tennis team (3-13, 2-10) ended its season this past weekend cancelling its home match with Minnesota-Morris. SMSU concludes the 2013 season with a 3-13 record, including 2-10 in the NSIC.

The SMSU women’s golf team shot a 344 in the final round on Sunday to finish in seventh place at the 13-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships with a score of 283-over-par 1,435. Augustana won the championship with a 127-over-par 1,279, while the Vikings’ Allie Ostrander won the individual title with a 25-over-par 313.

The championship was played at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex (Posse Course) in Smithville, Mo. The first two rounds of the championship were played at The Classic at Madden’s in Brainerd last October. SMSU’s Krista Weiszhaar shot an 86 on Sunday and was the Mustangs’ highest finisher overall with a tie for 20th place with a 64-over 352. Rachel Patnoe carded an 89 on Sunday and finished in 24th place with a 72-over 360.

Marissa Campeau had SMSU’s second-lowest round on Sunday with an 85 to finish in 31st place overall with a 79-over 367. Abby Gruber shot SMSU’s lowest round on Sunday with a 12-over 84 and finished the final two rounds with a 179, while Haley Gudim finished with a 92 on Sunday and totaled a 189 in the two rounds this weekend. Gruber and Gudim did not play in the first two rounds of the championship last October.

The tournament concludes the season for the team, but theMustangs could have an individual qualify for the NCAA region tournament.

I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this weekend!

Go Mustangs!

– Many tried but no one was able to provide the correct answer to our last Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: How many student-athletes were rostered on SMSU teams this year? SMSU had 340 student-athletes rostered this season for our 13 sports.