Chris Schierhorn, Contributing Writer
This past weekend, the University of Dallas baseball team swept the Centenary College Gents, stealing two victories from the SCAC regular season champs. The Crusaders won both games due to outstanding starting pitching, quality defense throughout the weekend and a little timely hitting.
All pitchers who stepped on the mound in the final home games of the season turned in great performances, but they were all outshone by sophomore Martin “Hot Carl” Cronin. Cronin started game two on Sunday and threw the best game of his young career at UD.
“Hot Carl,” as he is known to his teammates because of his blazing fastball, pitched eight scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits to a very high-powered offence. Freshman Logan Allred said after the game, “That was the best pitching performance I have seen since my dad threw a no-hitter to my coach pitch team when we were five!” Needless to say, Cronin deserves an extra chicken-fried steak in the cafeteria this Wednesday.
Game one on Saturday had its fair share of fireworks as well. It was an intense battle between the Crusaders and the Gents. UD held on to a slim lead the entire game, led by junior phenom Andy Bossert and senior citizen Chris “Schlebe” Schierhorn.
However, in the bottom of the eighth, junior Mark Carlson purposely dropped a double play ball so he could have a shot at glory. The dropped ball allowed a run to score and tied the game up.
Carlson got his shot at glory in the bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded and no outs. He smashed a single into left field to win the game for the Crusaders, claiming that was exactly what he planned when he dropped the double play ball.
The Crusaders carry the momentum of a two game sweep into next weekend’s SCAC conference tournament in Georgetown, Texas. Dallas begins play on Saturday against conference rival Trinity University. The Crusaders are eager for their shot at redemption against the Trinity Tigers and starving to win a conference championship.