The University of Dallas softball team stepped up its game in the second home series of the season against Sul Ross State University this past Sunday, Feb. 15. Even though the day promised rain, no one was going to ruin the Crusaders’ parade. They came out with two wins: 5-2 and 8-5.
In the first game, freshman Katie Lee started on the mound. After last weekend’s losses, she came out with a stubborn face, and she only allowed a total of two earned runs. The team struggled a bit on offense at first, but a double from senior Taylor Garcia that drove in three RBIs pepped the team up exponentially. Additional RBIs from sophomore Lyda Tesauro and redshirt sophomore Ciara Stewart also contributed to the forward momentum.
Also notable were sophomore Avery Finch and freshman Madison Goforth, both of whom had singles. Not only were the Crusaders batting well, but they also had an arsenal of marvelously fast baserunners. The team ended the game with a total of seven stolen bases. Junior Erin Begle, Finch and freshman Azaria Herrera each had one, and Tesauro and Goforth had two apiece. The game was a strong start to the weekend, and it proved to be only the warmup.
The second game began with freshman Elizabeth Symanski, also known as “Liz,” “Lizard” or “Bubbles” on the mound. Perhaps feeling compassion for Sul Ross State after UD’s earlier win, Symanski allowed three earned runs before the Crusaders took a turn on offense. Lee stepped up to the plate, ready to go in for the kill. She started a rally, and every single batter in the Crusader lineup got a hit.
Once the fire was started, there seemed to be no way to put it out. Lee was still feeling good from the last win and did not allow any earned runs while she pitched. Doubles came from Tesauro and Herrera. Goforth had three singles. Finch, Begle, Garcia, Tesauro and sophomore Allison Kotlar each had two. Herrera, freshman Eliah Davila, and freshman Christina Torre had one each. All of these efforts combined to end the weekend on a decidedly high note.
“The season is going great!” Goforth said. “Everybody is working so hard every day to get better and better, which makes these first two home wins so much more rewarding.”
The Crusaders will take on Millsaps College at home this upcoming Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.