Opening weekend in Alpine, Texas proved to be a success for the University of Dallas men’s baseball team against the Sul Ross State University Lobos. The Crusaders took two games out of three and won their first series of the year. They won the first game 6-5, lost the second game 4-10 and won the third game 11-10. The series victory signifies a strong start to the season.
During the second game, senior infielder Rene Vargas Jr. hit his first collegiate home run.
“I’m glad it finally happened,” Vargas said. “It felt really good off of the bat. I’m just happy to be here, and I hope that I can help the ball club and, good Lord willing, things will work out.”
While the long bomb did not ultimately help the team to succeed in the second game, it was undoubtedly a great way to start his senior year.
Fellow senior outfielder Luciano Villanueva started the season with an exclamation point as well. He went 2-4 in the second game with a stolen base and an RBI.
Unfortunately, while making an incredible over-the -shoulder catch, Villanueva ran into a brick wall in center field during the third inning of the second game.
“It was really painful when it happened,” Villanueva said about his shoulder. “We’ll see how this week of practice goes.”
Other standout performances were given by sophomore outfielder Cole Wessling, freshman catcher Mark Resnick and freshman middle infielder Josh Abalos. Wessling went 5-10 while Resnick went 4-9 over the weekend. This should come as good news to the team, which has to rely on freshmen talent after graduating seven seniors last year. It is early to say, but this looks to be the start of a great new era for the boys.