Dallas baseball steamrolls Austin College

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Trevor Allred
Contributing Writer

The University of Dallas baseball team broke out the brooms in yet another series sweep, as they extended their winning streak to eight games, with wins this time over Austin College.  The Crusaders dominated the Kangaroos 15-0 and 14-4 on Sunday in Sherman, Texas, in their first SCAC series.

Headlining the win in game one was another commanding start on the mound from senior starting pitcher Michael Byers.  Byers mowed down the Kangaroos in five strong innings, allowing only three total baserunners.  Byers gave up two hits and walked one. Although he only had two strikeouts, he was supported by great defensive play.  The Crusaders were errorless on the day, while the Kangaroos made a combined seven errors in the two games.  Cleaning up the pitching duties in game one was sophomore Andrew Bossert, who went the final two innings giving up just one hit.

The Dallas lineup destroyed the Austin pitching staff in game one, getting 15 hits on 15 hits.  Senior leftfielder Devin Arnold and senior catcher Varea Costello each had three hits and three runs while combining for five RBIs.  Senior centerfielder Brian Shelburne and freshman second baseman Jacob Ford each went 2-4 with three RBIs.  Bossert and junior designated hitter Nico Caluda also chipped for the Crusaders in the blowout with two hits apiece.

UD won game two with another big offensive game from its potent lineup and the efforts of four pitchers.  Senior Stephen Hanson got the start and the win on the mound for the Crusaders.  He gave up one run on three hits and three walks in four innings.  Freshman Martin Chronin came in for Hansen and gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. Ford and junior Chris Schierhorn finished the game for Dallas, combining for one run in three innings.

The Dallas bats were hot again in game two as the Crusaders had 14 hits for 14 runs.  Junior right fielder Adam Ferris led the attack, going 3-5 with a double and two stolen bases.  He also had three runs and four RBIs.  Shelburne, freshman catcher Luciano Villanueva and junior third baseman Trevor Allred each had two hits in the game while Villanueva had three RBIs.

The Crusaders lineup has mashed opponents’ pitching this year, hitting .347 as a team, and has combined for 38 extra base hits in their eight games.  They have outscored opponents 76-24, while the UD pitchers have held opposing hitters to a .233 average, giving up only 15 extra base hits.

The Crusaders look to continue their winning streak this week at home, as they take on The University of Texas at Dallas in a single game on Wednesday and Trinity in a two-game series this weekend.

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