Special to the Journal
UMHB’s baseball team blew the game open with an eight-run third inning and the Cru rolled to a 12-4 victory over Southwestern University Wednesday night in Belton.
K.J. Stark gave UMHB an early lead when he homered leading off the bottom of the first inning. It would stay that way until the Cru erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the third. Dakota Parsons and Rob Loewe each walked with the bases loaded to force in runs, a wild pitch and passed ball combined to score two more runs, Tripp Reeves singled home a run, two runs scored on an error and UMHB added a run on another wild pitch. Southwestern scored single runs in the fourth and sixth and put two on the board in the top of the seventh to close the gap to 9-4. Stark then blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to close out the scoring.
Stark and Heath Spencer had two hits apiece for the Cru and Stark drove in four runs and scored three. Casey Frazier picked up his first collegiate victory with two perfect innings as the first of ten UMHB pitchers used in the game. Colten Shea had three hits and Will Cates added two more for the Pirates. Clayton Haag took the loss for Southwestern to drop to 1-1 on the year.
UMHB kept its hot streak going, jumping on McMurry early and then holding on for a 13-7 victory over the Warhawks in a slugfest Friday night in Abilene.
UMHB jumped on top early with a five-run first inning. Chase Burrow singled home the first two runs before scoring on Emery Atkisson’s RBI groundout. Will Stafford’s two-out, two-run single drove in the final two runs of the frame. Justin Dingman doubled home two runs and Heath Spencer added an RBI single as the Cru pushed it to 8-0 in the top of the second. McMurry scored single runs in the third and fourth to cut the gap to 8-2 before Rob Loewe ripped a solo homer in the top of the sixth to give UMHB a 9-2 edge. Burrow added a two-run double and Loewe scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-2 UMHB in the top of the seventh. The Warhawks tightened it up with four runs in the bottom of the seventh and a single run in the bottom of the eighth. Burrow the ripped a triple and scored on Dingman’s single in the top of the ninth to provide the final margin.
Aaron Barteau earned the win for the Cru to improve to 2-0 on the season. Barteau struck out seven while scattering 12 hits over six and a third innings. Burrow, Dingman and Spencer all had three hits apiece to lead a 19-hit attack for UMHB. Burrow drove in four runs and Dingman had three RBI.
UMHB gave up two big innings and could not overcome them as the Cru lost to McMurry University 9-4 Saturday afternoon in Abilene. UMHB had its five-game winning streak snapped and drops to 7-7 on the year with the loss. The Warhawks improve to 14-4 on the year with the victory.
Chase Burrow’s RBI double gave the Cru a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Will Stafford added an RBI single in the top of the second and Burrow doubled home another run in the top of the third to give UMHB a 3-0 lead. McMurry erupted for five runs in the bottom of the third, with three of those runs coming on home runs. The Warhawks added four more runs in the fifth on the strength of a two-run homer and a two-run single. Burrow singled home another run in the top of the eighth to cut it to 9-4, but that’s as close as UMHB would get.
Burrow led the Cru offense with three hits and three RBI and Dakota Parsons and Heath Spencer added two hits apiece. Kreece Cooper took the loss for UMHB to fall to 1-2 on the year.