The University of Dallas baseball team dropped three games this past weekend in San Antonio to the number one ranked Trinity Tigers.
The Crusaders lost 9-1, 9-8 and 7-5. Senior starting pitcher Michael Schweiss got the start on the mound in the seven-inning game one and was relieved by freshman Jacob Ford and junior Andrew Laux.
Junior outfielders Nico Caluda and Adam Farris had good games at the plate for the Crusaders, both going 2-3. Senior catcher Varea Costello went 1-2 with a walk and a run scored.
Senior Michael Byers started the nine-inning game two on the mound for the Crusaders and was relieved by junior Chris Schierhorn. Schierhorn pitched well, going six innings and holding the high-powered Trinity offense to only two runs on six hits. Caluda continued to hit the ball, going 3-4 with two runs scored for the Crusaders.
Sophomore infielders Mark Carlson and Andrew Bossert also contributed multi-hit games, going 2-4 and 2-5 with a run and an RBI. Freshman shortstop Nolan Kipp had a two-RBI double and also contributed a run while Farris went 1-2 with two runs and two walks.
Dallas dropped the final game of the series 7-5 on Sunday. Bossert got the start on the mound and was relieved by Laux, Ford and freshman Luciano Villanueva. Alex Thornton got things started for the Crusaders in the first inning when he hit a solo home run, just the second extra base hit given up this season by Trinity pitcher Ryan Lucero. Thornton finished the day 2-4 with two RBIs, a run and a double. Caluda had yet another multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a run and an RBI.
The weekend dropped the Crusaders’ overall record to 13-11, but they currently sit in third place in the SCAC west division which would be a playoff clinching spot.
Dallas faces three important series as they take on conference foes Hendrix, Austin and Southwestern in the upcoming weekends.