Ashley Pickert, Contributing Writer
This weekend the Lady Crusaders traveled to Seguin, TX to play in the SCAC championship tournament at Texas Lutheran University.
They started out as the sixth-seed team and played the third-seed team, the Southwestern University Pirates, in game one.
Freshman Katie Lee started out on the mound for the Crusaders and kept the Pirates to two runs. On offense, sophomore Erin Begle had a double, freshman Avery Finch had a single, and freshman second team all-SCAC DP, Lyda Tesauro, hit two for three.
Unfortunately, the team was unable to score until the seventh inning. Freshman Taylor Dion was hit by a pitch, and freshman Allison Seager came in to pinch a run. Freshman Allison Kotlar hit a double to move Seager to third. Seager then stole home. Despite these efforts, however, the women suffered their first loss.
Their second game was against the Austin College Kangaroos. Lee once again took the mound, pitching an excellent game and keeping the ’Roos at a score of zero. On offense, junior Taylor Garcia hit a home run. Not only did this home run allow the Crusaders to score first, but it broke the team home run record. Garcia also had a single to add to a double from Begle, two singles from Finch and Kotlar, and a single from Tesauro and freshman Alex Compte. This great effort resulted in a 4-0 win.
The last game was played against Southwestern University once again. Lee pitched her heart out for a final time. On offense, Begle and Tesauro each had a double, Finch had two singles and junior Ashley Pickert had one. Tesauro had an RBI along with Kotlar who hit a sacrifice fly.
Unfortunately, the Pirates hit slightly better, which led to a 4-3 loss for the Crusaders. However, after being picked to come out last in conference, these ladies surprised everyone by taking fourth place.
When asked about the season as a whole, Coach Beth Krysiak said, “I am so proud of how hard the girls worked all season long. They continued to improve every game we played. We met our goal of earning respect in the conference. I am so proud of how much the girls grew as players and as people this season. I am excited for the future of University of Dallas softball!”
Congratulations to the softball team on a great season!