Special to the Journal
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team took an early lead and then capitalized on six Southwestern University errors as the Cru posted an 8-7 victory over the Pirates Tuesday night in Georgetown. UMHB improves to 10-8 on the season with the victory. The loss drops Southwestern to 11-9 on the year.
The Cru jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Tripp Reeves singled home a run and scored on Max Conway’s sacrifice bunt in the top of the second. The Pirates tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the second. Reeves singled home two more runs and Chase Burrow scored on a wild pitch in the top of the third as UMHB stretched the lead to 5-2. Two Pirate home runs in the bottom of the fourth cut the lead to 5-4, but the Cru took advantage of two errors in the top of the sixth to add a run. Southwestern grabbed a 7-6 lead when Will Cates tripled home a run and scored on Ben Little’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh and Clayton Sparks added an RBI double to plate the go-ahead run. The Pirates committed another costly error with two outs in the top of the eighth as UMHB scored two runs on the play to take an 8-7 lead. Southwestern put the tying run at third base in the bottom of the eighth and at second base in the top of the ninth, but could not push across a run in either frame.
Jon Franz earned the win for the Cru to move to 1-0 on the year. Franz allowed one hit and a run in one and two-thirds innings. He struck out two and walked one. Cory Farr pitched the ninth inning for UMHB to notch his first save of the year. Reeves and Rob Loewe had two hits apiece for the Cru in a 10-hit team effort. Collin Buckley took the loss for Southwestern to drop to 1-1 on the season. Austyn Laird had two of the Pirates nine hits in the game.
The Cru will now return home to host Louisiana College for a three-game American Southwest Conference series this weekend at Red Murff Field. The two teams will open the series with a 4:00 PM doubleheader on Friday before closing out the weekend with a 12:00 PM single game on Saturday.
UMHB Softball sweeps UT-Dallas
The UMHB softball team swept a doubleheader with the University of Texas at Dallas last Thursday afternoon in Belton, grabbing a 5-3 and 3-1 win over the Comets.
Avery McHugh started the Comets off early in the top of the first, hitting a homerun off the second pitch of the day to gain a 1-0 advantage on the Cru. McHugh scored again in the top of the third off a passed ball, before Aly Hudec hit an RBI single to score Chelsea Sartor for a 3-0 UTD lead. Karley Free responded for the Cru in the bottom of the third, hitting an RBI double to centerfield to score Emily Marrs and Janie Neyland and cut the Comets’ lead to 3-2. U.T.-Dallas held that lead until the bottom of the sixth when Leah Brown hit a home run, scoring Amelia Cluke and giving the Cru a 4-3 lead. Myranda Hinojosa scored next, hitting a home run over the left field wall to extend UMHB’s lead to 5-3. Hinojosa led the Cru with two hits while five other Crusaders added one. Free and Brown each recorded two RBI with Hinojosa adding one. Haley Parker started the game in the circle for the Cru, allowing three runs on four hits with one earned run. Karen Tennis earned her second win, pitching three innings in relief with one hit and one strikeout. UMHB totaled five runs on seven hits with one error while the Comets had three runs on five hits with no errors.
Free gave the Cru a lead in the second game, hitting an RBI triple down the right field line to score Janie Neyland for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Leah Brown was next, hitting an RBI single to centerfield, scoring Free from third base for a 2-0 lead. Free struck again in the bottom of the third inning, hitting a home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the third for a 3-0 Cru lead. The Comets scored one run in the top of the sixth but were unable to generate another scoring offense, giving the Cru a 3-1 win. Free and Brown led the Cru with two hits while Neyland, Emily Marrs and Faith Escobar each added one. Free had a team-high two RBI while Brown added one. Tiffany Birdwell earned the win in the circle for the Cru, pitching a complete seven innings with eight hits, one run and one earned run. UMHB totaled three runs on seven hits with one error while the Cru had one run on eight hits.
UMHB completed the three-game sweep of the University of Texas at Dallas Friday morning in Belton, earning a 4-3 win over the Comets. The win improved the Cru to 9-7 on the season and 8-4 in conference play while the Comets fell to 10-8 overall and 6-8 in American Southwest Conference action.
The Comets grabbed a lead in the top of the second, scoring two runs off a double from Margeaux Petrash. Kelsey Vann gave the Cru a lead in the bottom of the second, hitting a home run over the left field wall to score Leah Brown and Kourtney Bevers for a 3-2 Cru lead. Jordan Bratcher evened the contest in the top of the third, scoring off a UMHB error. Leah Brown gave the Cru a one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth with a homerun over the centerfield wall, giving the Cru a 4-3 advantage and eventually, the win. Myranda Hinojosa led the Cru with two hits while Janie Neyland, Brown and Vann each added one. Vann recorded a team-high three RBI while Brown added one. Tiffany Birdwell earned the win for the Cru, pitching 4.2 innings with two hits and two strikeouts. UMHB totaled four runs on five hits with two errors while the Comets had three runs on seven hits with two errors.
UMHB returns to action Friday, March 27th in a 5 p.m. doubleheader at Concordia Texas in Austin. The Cru will finish that series on Saturday, March 28th with a single game at 1 p.m.
UMHB Women’s Golf runner-up at Sutton Invitational
UMHB women’s golf team put four individuals in the top ten and the Cru took second place at the Hal Sutton Invitational Tuesday in Louisiana. UMHB carded a 313-319=632 to claim second place, 21 strokes behind team champion U.T.-Tyler (305-306=611). Tyler Junior College took third place with a 341-345=686 team total, Jackson State posted a 353-349=702 for fourth place, Ranger College shot 355-395=750 to take fifth, LeTourneau University shot 385-384=769 to finish in sixth place and tournament host Centenary College rounded out the field at 369-401=770.
McKenzie Ralston was the top individual finisher for UMHB, taking third place with a 74-78=152. Ashley Garbade finished fifth after shooting 77-81=158, Emily Ming fired an 82-78=160 to finish in ninth place and McKenna Ralston finished tenth with an 80-82=162. Elizabeth Davis shot 83-85=168 and Deana Gonyea recorded a 93-90=183 for the Cru. Morgan Loth of U.T.-Tyler won individual honors after shooting 74-74=148.
The two-day, 36-hole event was played at the Golf Course at StoneBridge in Bossier City, Louisiana. The UMHB women will return to action with the West Region Invitational at Berry Creek Golf Club in Georgetown on April 6th and 7th.