This weekend the University of Dallas baseball team played for the opportunity to make the playoffs. The Crusaders needed to win two out of three games at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas or they would be sent packing.
They lost two out of three games, losing the first game 4-11, winning the second game 2-0, and losing the last game 4-8. Junior catcher and first baseman Zack San Roman reflected upon the deflating loss.
“I felt like we left it all on the field this weekend,” San Roman said. “But it’s very disappointing that it didn’t come out our way.”
The Crusaders now have one series left against Centenary College of Louisianna this weekend before the end of the regular season. Many of the underclassmen are looking to send off the seniors with a better taste in their mouths.
“I’m looking forward to finishing the year on a high note for our seniors,” San Roman said.
Indeed, this season has been a bit of a letdown for both players and coaches. Even more heartbreaking was to lose the opportunity to play in the playoffs for the third straight year. The past few seasons (and the last two in particular) have marked a downward trend for the boys. The team has been through additional challenges because UD has such a high turnover rate among student-athletes, especially freshmen.
However, the future appears bright for the Crusaders due to the new freshman crew, who all intend to reverse this trend by returning next year. Derek Valiska, freshman infielder, noted the potential for next year’s teams, and also attributed this season’s shortcomings to the very youth that makes this team so excited for the future.
“Both teams knew they had something to prove and in the end they just executed more offensively,” Valiska said. “I just hope that we can all stick together in the future. With such a young team, we are often playing against seniors, and it has been tough all season to match up against that.”