The last three weeks have been busy ones for the University of Dallas softball team, with 16 games played in Irving, Minnesota and Kansas. The softball girls won eight and lost eight of these games, bringing their overall record to 8-12.
Over the weekend of Feb. 25-26, UD hosted an invitational tournament. The girls played well, winning three of four games – two against Rust College and one against Howard Payne University. Their only loss in the tournament came against the University of the Ozarks, 8-0. Freshman Jillian Loukanis threw seven innings without giving up an earned run in the close 2-1 win over Howard Payne, and freshman Liana Revelas gave up only one run while striking out eight in five innings against Rust College. Offensively, the Lady Crusaders outscored their tournament opponents 31-9.
The Lady Crusaders traveled to Minnesota for the St. Thomas Invitational March 2-4. The team played six games in those three days, winning one and losing five. The highlight of the tournament was a 12-4 win over St. Catherine’s University on the first day. Loukanis again threw a good game, giving up only three earned runs in six innings. The offense gave her plenty of support, led by junior Brittany Castro, who went 2-3 with five RBIs, and Revelas, who went 3-3 with two runs and an RBI. Senior Jessica Mollner and freshman Taylor Garcia contributed two hits each.
The softball team returned home on March 5 for a doubleheader against Sul Ross State University. The first game was tied 4-4 going into the sixth inning, but Sul Ross scored two unanswered runs to take the game 6-4. UD’s bats came to life in the second game, scoring nine runs in the five-inning game. Most of the scoring came in a second-inning rally, when a slew of singles, walks and stolen bases – including freshman Kasi Sallee stealing home – yielded eight runs to back Revelas’ five scoreless innings on the mound.
Next the team traveled to Sterling, KS, where they swept a doubleheader against Sterling College on March 8. In the first game, Mollner scored three runs and hit a double and a triple in a 4-5 day at the plate. Garcia went 4-4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs, while Castro went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Loukanis and Revelas combined to hold off the Sterling College offense, and the Lady Crusaders took the first game 8-7. Dallas’ offense continued to perform in the second game, which they won 8-3. Castro again made key contributions on offense, going 1-2 with a three-run homer in the sixth and four total RBIs.
Last Wednesday, the Lady Crusaders played two games, one against LeTourneau University and the other against Greenville College. The LeTourneau game was a close- fought match, but in the end the win went to LeTourneau, 2-0. The team, however, was not discouraged, and brought their A-game to the contest against Greenville College. Revelas threw seven scoreless innings, giving up only five hits and striking out three. Freshman Brianna Isaacson went 1-3 with two RBIs, while Revelas and senior Becca Burns drove in a run apiece. The Lady Crusaders won the game 6-0.
The softball team is traveling this week, with a doubleheader at Texas Lutheran University on March 20 and five games at Trinity University on March 24-25.