Softball honors seniors at last home game

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Rachel Yuengert
Sports Editor

---------------------Photo by Danny Sauer-------------------- Senior Jessica Mollner throws the ball back into the infield. Mollner, along with the team’s other seniors, was honored at senior night last Sunday.

The University of Dallas softball team closed out the 2012 season on Sunday, April 15 at home against Southwestern University. The team honored its three senior players – Becca Burns, Liana Reveles and Jessica Mollner – for their dedication to the team and the many contributions they have made to UD softball.

Earlier, on the weekend of March 30, the girls took on conference rival Austin College at home in a four-game series. Although the ‘Roos took the series 3-1, three of the four games were decided by a single run. The Lady Crusaders fell behind early in game one, trailing 4-0 after two innings. They rallied late in the game, scoring two runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh, but were unable to produce the tying run. Freshman Taylor Garcia contributed a hit, a run and an RBI to the Dallas offensive effort, and junior Brittany Castro had a hit and scored two runs.

In game two of the Austin College series, the Lady Crusaders were again behind early, as the ‘Roos scored six runs in the second inning. Dallas made it into another close game, behind 3-3 hitting by Revelas, a 2-3 night from Castro and three RBIs from Garcia, but they were again unable to even the score, and lost by a final score of 6-5.

The Lady Crusaders were able to put one in the win column in game three, winning a close game 3-2 on a walk-off single from freshman Ashley Pickert. Freshman pitcher Jillian Loukanis threw a solid seven innings, allowing only two runs on nine hits and striking out five. Austin College won the final game of the series 9-2.

The next weekend, the softball team traveled to Arkansas for another four-game series, this time against Hendrix College. The girls struggled to find their footing both offensively and on the mound in the first two games, losing 8-1 and 12-1. The third game was a close pitchers’ duel, with Loukanis again on the mound. Castro drove in Mollner to score the Lady Crusaders’ only run of the game, but Hendrix won the game 2-1. In the last game against Hendrix, Dallas lost 5-3, despite out-hitting Hendrix 9-8. Loukanis went 3-3 behind the plate, while freshman Brianna Isaacson went 2-3 and Mollner had a 2-4 day. Reveles threw 4 1/3 innings in relief for the Lady Crusaders, allowing one run on two hits.

The Lady Crusaders returned home for the final series of the season against Southwestern University, one of the top teams in the SCAC. The girls gave their best effort, but ended up losing all four games to the Pirates. Overall, the softball team ended the season with a record of 9-27, improving on last year’s record. Although losing three seniors, the young team will be back again next year, ready to take its game to the next level.

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