The University of Dallas baseball team continued its late season surge this past weekend, winning two imperative games against the Schreiner University Mountaineers. The Crusaders took the first game 10-7, lost the second game 2-6 and won the series finale 4-1.
After winning this series, the Crusaders remain in fifth place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), just one game behind Southwestern University (6-6 in conference play).
Freshman middle infielder Josh Abalos reflected upon the importance of the victorious series.
“This series was a must-win series for us,” Abalos said. “We had some guys battling injuries, and they gave it all they had for us to win this weekend. We put ourselves in a position to make the conference tournament, and we are going to work hard to prepare for the series against Southwestern this coming weekend.”
The Southwestern Pirates lost two games to Centenary College of Louisiana this weekend, which snapped a four game winning streak for the Pirates. The Crusaders lost all three games last year against the Pirates and are looking to walk away from this weekend’s series with a much different record.
When asked what the Crusaders are doing to prepare for Southwestern, senior outfielder Luciano Villanueva reflected the team’s excitement.
“This [past] weekend fired everyone up,” Villanueva said. “We knew we needed to win to stay alive, and we proved we could compete.”
Already Villanueva has noticed an increased energy in practice due to the weekend’s success.
“To prepare for Southwestern this weekend, everybody already has the extra motivation after these two wins,” Villanueva said. “The focus brought a new hope for us, and it’s going to bring an extra intensity we need on the practice field. That will give us the edge.”
The Crusaders remain in the hunt but need to execute the fundamentals in order to continue their winning ways. This includes limiting the big innings, batting in runners on base and creating havoc on the base paths to disrupt the opposing pitchers. This weekend will test what kind of team the Crusaders are, and it will play a large factor in their post-season play.