UMHB Sports roundup
Monday, 05 March 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
The Cru took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Chris Florack walked, stole second and third and scored on Seth Mogavero's single. Zach Young singled home Chris Joshlin in the bottom of the fourth to make it 2-0 UMHB. Chance Ryan took a two-hitter into the top of the sixth before Nick Pappas led off with a solo home run to cut the lead to 2-1. Trinity would grab a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh on Dominick Robusto's RBI bunt single and a throwing error. A run-scoring wild pitch moved the Tiger lead to 4-2 in the top of the eighth. Mogavero blasted a solo homer of his own leading off the bottom of the eighth to close the gap to 4-3, but Will Donnan's RBI single gave Trinity some breathing room in the top of the ninth. Michael Bentz would strike out the side in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the victory.
Ryan struck out nine batters in six innings of three-hit pitching for the Cru. Taylor Burrow took the loss after giving up two runs in one inning of work. Mogavero had two of UMHB's five hits in the loss. Joshua Fink moved to 3-0 with seven innings of four-hit pitching for the Tigers. He struck out seven, walked three and gave up three earned runs. Bentz struck out five in two innings of one-hit relief for his second save of the year. Robusto was the only Trinity player with two hits in the game.
The Cru will return to action with a three-game series at East Texas Baptist this weekend. The two teams will play a 6:00 PM single game on Friday before closing out the weekend with a 1:00 PM doubleheader on Saturday.
U.T.-Tyler scored two runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back in a 7-1 game one victory. The Patriots put together an infield single, a walk and an error to score those two runs without hitting the ball out of the infield. The lead would grow to 3-0 before UMHB manufactured its run in the top of the fourth. Tori Gomez led off with a walk, moved up on a sacrifice and wild pitch and then scored on Hannah White's groundout to cut it to 3-1. U.T.-Tyler scored two runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach. Rebekah Ragsdale took the loss for the Cru to drop to 1-1. She gave up nine hits and three earned runs in four and two-thirds innings. UMHB managed just three hits, from three different players in the loss.
The Patriots led 9-1 after two innings and then coasted to an 11-3 victory in game two. U.T.-Tyler scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. UMHB answered with a run in the top of the second on Caitlin Wells' RBI fielder's choice. But the Patriots broke the game open with six unearned runs in the bottom of that frame. Caitlin Bollier scored on an error and White added an RBI double in the top of the third to close the gap to 9-3, but U.T.-Tyler added two more in the bottom of the fourth to end the game on the run rule. White went 3-3 for the Cru and Ashton Feight added two more hits. Ariel Kemmerer took the loss for UMHB to drop to 0-1 on the season.
UMHB will now return home to host East Texas Baptist for a 4:00 PM doubleheader on Thursday in the 2012 home opener. The Cru will then host Louisiana College for a 12:00 PM doubleheader on Saturday.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor softball team grabbed an early lead and then held off Southwestern's late rally to post a 5-3 win in the season opener for both teams Friday afternoon in Georgetown. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was called due to rain with the teams tied at two after four innings. That game and the individual statistics will not count since it was called before becoming an official game. The Cru is now 1-0 to start the season, while the Pirates open the year at 0-1.
UMHB grabbed a 1-0 lead when Victoria Gomez led off the top of the second inning with a home run. The Cru stretched the lead to 2-0 when Caitlin Bollier singled home a run in the top of the sixth. UMHB was unable to add to the lead, leaving the bases loaded in that frame. Southwestern cut it to 2-1 on an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. UMHB added some breathing room in the top of the seventh when Dayton Kunz scored on a wild pitch and Gomez doubled home two more runs. Tessa Galloway blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to cut the gap to 5-3, but UMHB's Rebekah Ragsdale pitched her way out of it to nail down the win. Ragsdale scattered 11 hits and allowed three runs in seven innings to pick up her first win for the Cru. She struck out six and walked just one. Gomez and Bollier had three hits apiece for UMHB and Gomez finished with three runs batted in. Lauren Zearfoss took the loss in the circle for the Pirates.
UMHB took an early lead in game two, scoring in the top of the second. Southwestern battled back for a 2-1 lead before Hannah White singled home the tying run in the top of the fourth. Southwestern went scoreless in the bottom of the fourth before the rain hit, ending the game and wiping out the stats.
The Cru will now return to action with a doubleheader at U.T.-Tyler on Monday at 4:00 PM. That doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, but was moved due to the threat of rain in East Texas.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's basketball team went ice-cold in the game's final 15 minutes and watched a 20-point lead slip away in an 80-75 loss to Texas Lutheran University Saturday afternoon in Seguin. The loss ends the Cru's season at 6-19 overall and 5-16 in American Southwest Conference play. Texas Lutheran finishes the year at 7-18 overall and 6-15 in ASC play.
UMHB dominated the first half, shooting 49 percent from the field and building a 46-33 halftime lead. The Cru pushed the lead to 24 points at 57-33 early in the second half and led 61-41 with 14:50 remaining in the game. UMHB would score less than a point a minute the rest of the way, going 6:37 without scoring as Texas Lutheran used a 25-4 run to take the lead. Rebecca Valdez hit a free-throw with 5:05 to go to put the Bulldogs up 66-65. UMHB would retake the lead 73-72 on Miranda Shorter's jumper with 2:31 on the clock and Shorter's lay-up made it 75-74 UMHB with 2:04 remaining. The Bulldogs held the Cru scoreless the rest of the way, closing the game on a 6-0 run to take the victory.
Lauren Reece led UMHB with 19 points, but 14 of those came in the first half. Shorter added 17, Brittany Zamora scored 15 and Gabby Guzman also reached double figures with 12 points. Reece and Brandy Dittert pulled down seven rebounds apiece to lead the Cru. UMHB shot 41 percent for the game and went 7-21 from three-point range.
Valdez topped TLU with 28 points and Katy Scott poured in 19 more. Kimberly Hagan had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs. TLU shot 56 percent from the field in the second half and finished at 49 percent for the game. The Bulldogs also went 24-25 from the free-throw line compared to 8-11 for UMHB.
The loss also closes out the careers of UMHB seniors Reece, Shorter and Zamora. The Cru missed the ASC Championship Tournament for the first time in the last seven seasons this year despite winning four of its last seven games.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's basketball team grabbed the lead with a hot-shooting first half and then held on in the second as the Cru posted a 60-53 victory over Texas Lutheran Saturday afternoon in Belton. The 5th-ranked UMHB men finish the best regular season in school history at 24-1 overall and 20-1 in American Southwest Conference play. The Bulldogs end the season at 11-14 overall and 10-11 in ASC play.
The Cru scored the game's first four points and built a 29-17 lead with 4:04 remaining in the first half. UMHB would lead 33-25 at halftime after shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half. Texas Lutheran closed to within one point at 42-41 with 11:10 left to play, but UMHB used a 5-0 run to take the lead back to six points. The Bulldogs were back to within two points at 47-45 with 3:55 left, but UMHB used a 6-0 run to push the lead back to eight points and TLU would not get closer than four points the rest of the way.
Sterling Phillips led a balanced Cru scoring attack with 12 points. Cory Meals and Brian Todd added 10 points apiece. Greg Wiernas pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for UMHB. Ten different players scored for the Cru, who played without leading scorer Marlon Miller. Miller sat out the game to rest for next weekend's ASC Tournament.
Michael Flores topped TLU with 13 points and he added six rebounds. Justin Lindsey chipped in 12 points and Matthew Agonis had 11 points. TLU shot 31 percent from the field and went 8-23 from three-point range.
The Cru will now return home to host the ASC Championship Tournament next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. UMHB won the ASC West Division and will open the tournament Friday night at 7:30 PM against the East Division #4 seed. The Cru is hosting the ASC Tournament for the third time in the last five years.