By Ashley Pickert
For the University of Dallas women’s softball team, Senior Weekend started off with a bang last Friday with an 8-0 victory against the Schreiner University Mountaineers. Excitement was in the air as Katie Lee took the mound, and she responded, allowing only four hits in the five-inning game. Junior Erin Begle also had a great game on offense, and she managed to hit in four RBIs. And sophomore Allison Kotlar hit in an RBI with a triple to lead the Crusaders to victory.
The Crusaders stepped up to the plate once again in their second game, and the team had 18 hits collectively. This included hits from the two seniors of the team, Taylor Garcia and Ashley Pickert, who hit three-for-four. Sophomore Lyda Tesauro also had an excellent game, hitting two-for-three, with a double and a triple, plus two RBIs. On defense, Begle and sophomore Alex Compte each had two double plays, and an additional double play came from Lee. This led the Crusaders to a 10-7 win over the Mountaineers.
On Saturday, the Crusaders continued their winning streak with two more wins, 4-3 and 6-4. These games meant a lot for the ladies as several members of the team broke program records. First, Lee broke the record for most career wins for a pitcher at 19 wins. And next, sophomore Avery Finch broke the record for most stolen bases in a season with 29. The team as a whole tied the most wins in a single season with 20. Garcia is approaching the record for single season RBIs at 38. And most excitingly, for the first time ever, the University of Dallas softball team swept a conference series.
All of this happened during the last games that Garcia and Pickert played on the UD softball field. Garcia had only happy things to say on this occasion.
“It was amazing,” she said with a smile. “It felt like all the work we had done really meant something, and having our friends and family there to celebrate with the team made it perfect.”