Baseball Recap (Week 7) - Around the SCAC

Baseball Recap (Week 7) - Around the SCAC

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Though weather continued to run rampant in the south, all seven teams were able to get games in with all conference games able to be played going into Monday.

Austin College
The 'Roos went 0-2 over the weekend with a 4-2 loss to Dallas Christian and a 5-4 loss to Oklahoma Baptist. No stats have been reported at this time. Austin College goes to 3-8 on the season and remain 1-2 in SCAC play. The 'Roos will return to action this upcoming weekend, coming home to battle Centenary College in a three game SCAC series. 

Centenary College 
The Gents picked up a three game sweep over Schreiner this past weekend in Shreveport. Things started with a doubleheader on Friday, which Centenary won 3-2 and 10-3. Christian Sebastien, Ian Graham and Chris Zapata each garnered four hits in the twinbill as the trio each logged three hits in the second outing. Zapata and Graham each drove in two RBIs in the second game while Khalen Simpson drove in a pair in the first game. Jake McFarland (2-1) claimed the win in the start of the first game for the Maroon and White. McFarland allowed three runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings. Kaleb Kirk and Michael Francis each saw action in relief. Holden Novak (4-1) logged the victory on the mound in game two. Novak allowed two runs on nine hits in 7.0 innings of action with six strikeouts. After rain wiped out Saturday's final game, the two teams returned to square off on Sunday with the Gents taking an 8-1 win. Taylor Henry (1-1) recorded his first win of the season on the bump. Henry fanned 14 in 8.1 frames as he allowed a run on five hits. The 14 strikeouts marks a career-high for the senior. Michael Schimpf and Sebastien logged a team-best three hits in the affair. Kody Carson and Brooks Williams joined Schimpf and Sebastien with multiple hits as the duo tallied two hits a piece. Centenary moves to 8-9 on the season and 4-2 in SCAC play. After a home matchup against LSU-S on Tuesday, Centenary will go on the road this upcoming weekend as they will take on Austin College in a three game series. 

University of Dallas
The Crusaders dropped three game this past weekend against the Southwestern Pirates at home. In game one, Southwestern took advantage of a pair of UD miscues in the field to piece together a four-run third and an 8-1 win. Hunter Berry had the lone RBI for the Crusaders in the contest. In game two, it was all Pirates again, as they took a 11-5 win. Trevor Keele clinched the only multi-hit performance for Dallas and maintains his six-game hitting streak, finishing 2-for-5 with a double. Alex Stack and JP Fasone each had RBIs. The Pirates clinched the sweep on Sunday, earning a 7-5 win over the Crusaders. Luciano Villanueva finished strong in the finale with three knocks to tie a game-high. The left fielder was the lone UD member with more than one hit. Patch Healy had a two run homer in the contest while Avery Arnold added a RBI. The Crusaders fall to 6-15 on the season and 2-4 in SCAC play. They will remain at home this upcoming weekend as they welcome in Texas Lutheran for a three game series. 

Schreiner University
The Mountaineers went 0-3 this past weekend, dropping all of their contests to Centenary on the road. Jayme Kidder did his part with yet another strong effort from the mound but the Mountaineers couldn't break through when the chances were there in the first game of Friday's SCAC doubleheader, 3-2. Kidder (2-3) went all eight innings, limiting the Gents to three runs on just five hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Sam Pistrui had three hits and Marco Carreon two out of nine Mountaineer hits total. Hagen Fryrear and Kyle Romaguera had RBIs. In a 10-3 loss in game two, Brad Holmes and Romaguera had two hits each in the loss with Holmes, Pistrui, and Bret Hill adding RBIs for the Mountaineers. In the final game, Centenary closed the series with an 8-1 win. The Mountaineer offense was held to five hits in the game while Schreiner committed two errors which accounted for half of the Gents' runs. The Mountaineers are now 4-17 on the season and 1-5 in SCAC play. They will take a break from SCAC action and travel to Abilene for a three game series against McMurry. 

Southwestern University
The Pirates had a huge weekend, defeating the No. 2 team in the nation and sweeping their opening confernece series for a 5-1 overall record for the week. In Tucson, the Pirates earned a 13-7 win over second-ranked St. Thomas. Will Preston recorded the win for the Pirates. He allowed three runs over 3.2 innings. Preston struck out two, walked none, and gave up seven hits. Ben Little, Will Cates and Ethan Luna helped lead the Southwestern at the plate. They combined for nine hits and seven RBIs. The Pirates would follow that up with a split over Wesleyan (CT), with an 11-5 loss and a 6-3 win. The Pirates then turned their attention to their conference opener against Dallas. Southwestern handled the Crusaders with three straight wins over the weekend in Irving to start SCAC play perfect. Southwestern used a steady stream of runs to defeat the Crusaders. Southwestern won game one 8-1 and turned around to take game two of the Saturday double-header 11-5. The Pirates rounded out the weekend with a 7-5 win Sunday. Will Cates was unstoppable at the plate, posting a .533 batting average with eight hits in 15 at bats with a double and two homeruns. Cates and Ben Little both had five RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage on the weekend. Joseph KochJacob Kendra and Collin Buckley all earned wins with 0.00 ERAs. Koch and Kendra both threw five innings with Koch scattering four hits and striking out four and walking none and Kendra allowing just two hits while striking out three and walking one. The Pirates are not 11-8 on the season and 3-0 in SCAC play. They will take on Mary Hardin-Baylor on Tuesday before welcoming in No. 6/12 Trinity for a three game series. 

Texas Lutheran University
The Bulldogs went 1-1 in SCAC play over the weekend with one game left to be played on Monday against Trinity. Texas Lutheran used a three-run first inning and a dominant pitching performance from Aaron Aleman to take the first game of Sunday's home doubleheader 6-0 against Trinity. The Bulldogs dropped game two 12-2. Aleman was simply dominant against the No. 12-ranked Tigers. The senior went the distance for the second complete game of his season, while shutting down one of the better offenses in the SCAC. Aleman allowed just four hits and struck out five, improving his record to 4-2 on the year. The nine innings of shutout baseball lowered his ERA to 1.76. Matt King, Justin Law, and Klaus Bohrmann all had two hits for the Bulldogs with Bohrmann driving in two runs. The second game was a different story, despite a 2-0 lead, the Bulldogs could not overcome Trinity's awoken bats in the 12-2 loss. Bohrmann finished the second game 1-for-2 with those two RBI. The two teams conclude their series on Monday in a rubber match that could play a factor into seeding later on in the season. Texas Lutheran will then hit the road for a three game series against the University of Dallas.

#6/12 Trinity University
The No. 6/12 Tiger baseball team went 1-1 this weekend with the rubber match with Texas Lutheran to come on Monday night. The doubleheader opened with a 6-0 win by Texas Lutheran, handing Trinity its first shutout in almost exactly two years. The Tigers were last blanked by Rockford (IL) College on March 24, 2013. The second game featured a run-rule, as Trinity snapped its two-game slide with a 12-2 victory in seven innings. Trinity managed just four hits in the opening game, and three Tiger miscues cost the team four unearned runs. Carter McEachern, Colin Serkowski, and Jose Santos eached picked up hits, while Sam Neely came off the bench late in the game and picked up Trinity's final hit. Game two was the polar opposite for the Tiger team, which hammered out 12 runs on 12 hits and allowed juts two runs on four hits.  Mike Walker (4-1) went the distance, striking out seven in the seven-inning complete game. Colin Serkowski led four Trinity hitters with two hits each, going 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI in the win. Austin Singer was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Nick Jewett went 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Andrew Waters capped the productive unit with two more RBI and a 2-for-4 performance. The final game between the two teams will take place Monday and then Trinity will hit the road for a three game conference series against Southwestern.