Ladd Alexander, Contributing Writer
On Saturday, Feb. 2, the University of Dallas men’s baseball team fell twice to Texas Lutheran University.
In game one, an 8-7 losing effort for the Crusaders, Texas Lutheran started the scoring in the top of the second inning after Von Wendel knocked in Derek Kansas. In the bottom of the fourth, the Crusaders took the lead after Trevor Keele hit a left-field single, batting in seniors Nico Caluda and Trevor Allred.
Texas Lutheran took the lead back with a four-run fifth inning, with Mason Briscoe, Tony Gennusa, Tyler Carollo and Ryan Hill all claiming runs. After a three-run homer by Texas Lutheran’s Hill in the sixth brought the score to 8-2, the Crusaders staged a strong five-run rally.
It all began when Keele batted in Matt Farris. This was followed by an impressive three-RBI double by Jake Pierce, bringing in Keele, Nolan Kipp and Caluda for scores. Dylan Wadyko then grounded out to second to score Pierce. Two subsequent strikeouts ended the inning and, after a scoreless seventh, the game ended 8-7.
Game two was more difficult for the Crusaders. Matt Farris claimed the team’s only run, on a passed ball in the fourth inning, while Texas Lutheran scored 10 times in the third inning alone.
Though the Crusaders didn’t allow a score in five of eight innings, the game ended 15-1, with at least eight Texas Lutheran players claiming runs in the victory.
Game three, on Sunday, was a ten-inning defensive struggle that ended in another close, 2-1 Texas Lutheran victory, leaving the Crusaders 0-3 at the start of the season. Their next home game will be Feb. 9 against Sul Ross State University.