Emma Polefko, Contributing Writer
With a little less than a month left in the season, members of the University of Dallas baseball team continue to step up to the plate and find new ways to give the season their all. Week after week, no matter the weather conditions (and let’s face it, they have dealt with every possible type of weather) the team has gotten closer and closer to its ultimate goal: The SCAC Tournament.
Earlier this season, the team swept the series at Centenary College of Louisiana — only to be swept by Centenary at home. Against Southwestern University, the Crusaders won two games and lost one, winning the series. Playing Texas Lutheran University, however, proved to be a challenge. The series win was within the team’s capability, but ultimately proved just out of reach. From TLU, the Crusaders moved on to Trinity University, and, in arguably the biggest baseball upset of the weekend, unranked-UD beat the No. 1 team in Division III in game two of the series.
All that now separates the baseball team and the conference tournament is the Schreiner University series and the Southwestern series. The team has high hopes for its games against Southwestern, and is ready to rise to the occasion in its series against Schreiner. This coming weekend, the players will be competing for themselves, the conference tournament and their seniors, Mark Carlson and Alex Thornton.
Schreiner is the first step toward the tournament, and this series will potentially be the last home games for Carlson and Thornton. Their importance to the team is undeniable. When they are at bat, the two demonstrate their skill without fail — Carlson has a knack for stealing bases, and in the field the two players are just as adept.
Sophomore Jake Pierce recognizes the importance of the coming series for the seniors and the team.
“They’re two guys everyone looks up to, and it’s our last day to hit and throw the ball around the yard with them,” Pierce said.
The team hopes to have all of the ball players’ friends and fellow students come out and support the team at the Schreiner game.
“The first step to that dream is taking the Schreiner series, and doing it with a surrounding sea of blue would be surreal. I can’t think of a better way for Al and Mark to play their last home games, especially if it solidifies our spot in the tournament,” said Pierce.
The first game of the series is this Saturday, April 12, at 12 p.m. Let’s blue-out the stands and the hill next to the field, out-shine Schreiner, give the seniors the send-off they deserve and build up the confidence of all of the players as they make their dreams of going to the conference tournament come true!