Ladd Alexander, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas men’s baseball team enjoyed some well-earned success this weekend, defeating Southwestern University three times in a row at home.
Game one, on Saturday, Feb. 23, ended in a 6-0 Crusader victory. The Crusaders came out swinging in the first inning, with Trevor Keele knocking in both Alex Thorton and Tug McRoberts to draw first blood, and bringing Dallas to an early 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Keele scored on a passed ball, pushing the lead to 3-0. The Crusaders did not score again until the fifth, when Keele batted in Tug McRoberts, who had stolen both second and third base to put himself into scoring position. Matt Farris then singled up the middle to bring in Thorton, making the score 5-0. Finally, Thorton batted home Trevor Allred in the sixth for the Crusaders’ final score in an impressive defensive shutout.
The next game, also that Saturday, ended in an 8-7 Crusader victory. In the second inning, the Crusaders took the lead as Mark Carlson batted in Farris. Jake Pierce’s sacrifice fly scored Carlson later in the inning to add to UD’s early lead. Though Southwestern State came right back with a four-run inning, the Crusaders inched ahead in the fourth after Rene Vargas Jr. knocked in Pierce to make the score 4-3.
Neither team scored again until the seventh, when Southwestern State’s Cruz Luna and Jeff Glasgow both claimed runs. The Crusaders then took the lead during their at-bat – Matt Farris batted in Thorton, Pierce hit home Keele, Farris scored on a pitcher’s error and Taylor Johnson scored Carlson.
Southwestern State tied it up in the eighth with a solo shot from Luna, but after a scoreless ninth, Carlson scored Thorton in the 10th to seal the deal for the Crusaders.
The Crusaders dominated game three on Sunday. They were once again perfect defensively in another 6-0 win. McRoberts, Keele, Carlson, Adam Farris and Pierce claimed RBIs , with McRoberts, Thorton, Keele, Carlson, Adam Farris, Pierce and Hunter Berry doing the scoring. The Crusaders allowed only three hits the entire game.