This year’s Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship yielded record-breaking results for University of Dallas softball. Despite their semifinal 0-9 loss to the Ladies of Centenary College, the Crusaders managed to shatter multiple personal and team records before their run ended.
Their first victory on Friday marked their highest-scoring game in three SCAC tournaments. UD triumphed over the Schreiner University Mountaineers — with whom they had split the final series of the regular season — coming back from a 1-4 deficit in the second inning to win the game 11-6. It was the fifth time this season that Dallas had scored ten or more runs.
The Crusaders dropped their second Friday game 3-4 in a tight matchup against Trinity University, but came roaring back on Saturday to beat Southwestern University 9-1. This marked their fourth victory over the Pirates this season, and also set the record for the most spring season wins in this team’s history.
“Timely hitting really played a key role in our success this weekend,” junior outfielder Lyda Tesauro said. “We executed at the plate more than we have in the past and were more comfortable playing together. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen when we played Centenary, but we played very well against Schreiner, Trinity and Southwestern.”
Personal achievements abounded as well. Junior outfielder Avery Finch and freshman outfielder Roma Thornton tied the SCAC Tournament record with five stolen bases each. Finch also tied her season-high by going three-for-three at the plate in Friday’s win over Schreiner, while Thornton had three hits, scored two runs and got an RBI against Southwestern.
The team as a whole, meanwhile, increased their record for most homeruns in a single season to 20, with nine players contributing. Nine Dallas players were also named to the All-Conference softball team — Tesauro was awarded All-SCAC Second Team for designated player, while eight of her teammates were given honorable mentions. They achieved all this while making their farthest tournament run in program history.
“[This year] we really focused on all 25 of us — 23 players and two coaches — working together to win, and that is what people saw,” Tesauro said. “It took every single one of us to achieve what we accomplished, and the beauty of it was that most of our records this year were team-oriented rather than individually-oriented like last year.”
The Crusaders finished their season with an overall record of 21-23 and a winning conference record of 13-11.
“We have a very talented group of girls, and I am so blessed to call them my teammates” Tesauro said. “I can’t wait for next year.”