The University of Dallas baseball team ended their season this weekend at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament in Memphis, Tenn., with a pair of losses to 11th-ranked Birmingham-Southern University and 8th-ranked Trinity University.
The Crusaders dropped their first game 6-4 to Birmingham-Southern and lost 10-9 in 11 innings against Trinity.
Dallas jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first inning against Birmingham, but they responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first.
Birmingham put up two runs in the 3rd and 4th innings, and that was enough to hold off the Crusaders, who only managed to put up one run each in the 4th and 9th innings. A solid performance by the Birmingham pitching staff held the Crusaders to just six hits.
Sophomore right-fielder Alex Thornton had a three-hit game while senior left-fielder Devin Arnold, sophomore second-baseman Mark Carlson, and junior third-baseman Trevor Allred each contributed hits.
Senior Michael Schweiss and junior Chris Schierhorn each went four innings on the mound for the Crusaders. Schweiss gave up four earned runs on seven hits, while Schierhorn held Birmingham scoreless on just two hits.
Game two was a back-and-forth extra-inning affair with SCAC western division rival Trinity University. The Crusaders jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the 5th inning, but the Tigers responded with four runs in the top of the 6th.
Trinity took a 9-8 lead over UD in the top of the 9th inning, but the Crusaders once again came up clutch with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 9-9. The Tigers scored again in the top of the 11th inning, and the Crusaders could not muster another comeback. Arnold and Carlson each had three hits for the Crusaders, while senior Brian Shelburne and Thornton contributed two hits apiece.
Sophomore Andrew Bossert started on the mound for the Crusaders. Bossert threw six innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits. Senior Michael Byers finished the game, going five innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits.
The Crusaders ended their season, their first season in the SCAC West Division, with a 23-17 record and a playoff berth. A long offseason is ahead, but look for the Crusaders to make a big impact next year in their second season in the SCAC.