Emma Polefko, Contributing Writer
For its season opener, the University of Dallas baseball team traveled to Alpine, Texas, to play Sul Ross University. After two games on Saturday, Feb. 1, and one game on Sunday, Feb. 2, the team came away from its series with one win and two losses.
The team started game one off strong with a double from senior Trevor Keele, which gave the team a two-run lead in the first inning. Junior Martin Cronin’s pitching put a stop to the Sul Ross batters, and the rest of the team played strong and swung well. It continued to hold off the Lobos, winning the first game 3-1.
In the second game, the team continued to dominate with impressive pitching and notable outfield performances like that of senior Alex Thorton, who threw an opponent out at home base in an especially exciting play. Junior Luciano Villanueva also batted in two runs, proving that the UD baseball team is strong at bat as well as in the field and on the pitcher’s mound. The Crusaders scored seven runs but ultimately fell short, finishing the game with a score of 7-9.
Game three on Sunday was tougher than the first two, but that did not stop the players from giving it their all. The starting pitcher, freshman Evan Eubanks, made his college debut by giving up only two runs in the first five innings. Continuing the amazing pitching performances, freshman Eric Felchak pitched the last two innings and was even called up to bat — a rare occurrence for pitchers. Sadly, the Crusaders fell short with a final score of 7-14.
After a weekend dominated by incredible pitching performances, the team finds itself looking forward optimistically to the rest of the season and all that it may hold.