LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – All seven SCAC baseball teams were in action this past weekend including opening days for Austin College and Southwestern University.
The 'Roos opened up their season this past weekend and went 2-1, picking up a series win over Arlington Baptist. After jumping out to a 9-0 lead, the 'Roos held off the Patriots and took an opening day 9-8 victory. Blaine Tew picked up the opening day win, allowing eight runs, only four earned, on 13 hits with six strikeouts against just one walk. Thomas Oberg finished 4-for-5 at the plate, and Gus Daniel went 2-for-4 with two doubles. Todd Takabuki finished 1-for-3 with a double and three runs, and Will Schommer finished 1-for-3 with three RBI. The next day, Austin College picked up the series victory with a 6-5 win over the Patriots as Takabuki had a walk-off double to seal the win. Jeremy Halford and Takabuki each had two hits in the game, and Daniel and Dylan Day each went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Marshall Korn picked up the win in relief after working 0.1 innings in the top of the seventh. Takabuki and Schommer each went 3-for-4 in the 6-4 game three loss as James Arguello went 2-for-4. The 'Roos will hit the road on Tuesday as they travel to take on East Texas Baptist at 6 p.m.
The Gents struggled this past weekend in Marshall, Texas as they suffered a three game sweep to the East Texas Baptist Tigers. Centenary held a 5-2 lead going into the seventh in game one, but two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth set the Gents back to a 7-5 loss. Aaron Quintannilla paced the offensive attack with four hits and two RBI, including a two-run homerun in the sixth that placed the Maroon and White up 5-2. Cole Lavergne and Brooks Williams each added two hits to join Quintanilla with multiple hits in the decision. It was more heartbreak for the Gents the following day, dropping a 5-4 decision in 12 innings followed by a 10-7 loss. Quintanilla paced the Gents at the dish going 5-for-10 in the twinbill. Ian Graham added a 3-of-7 day at the plate with a pair of RBI while Brooks Williams went 4-for-11 with a RBI. Kody Carson led the Maroon and White with three RBI in the effort with a pair of hits. Centenary returns to the diamond on Tuesday as they travel to Tyler to take on Texas-Tyler.
University of Dallas
The Crusaders went 3-1 this past weekend with wins over Hardin-Simmons, Whitman, and Castleton. Against the Cowboys at Dr. Pepper Stadium in Frisco, Dallas held on for a 7-6 victory. Rene Vargas, Jr. pounded three hits out and added three RBIs in the victory. Trevor Keele matched Vargas Jr. with a trio of hits to tie a team-most, with one counting as a triple. Vargas Jr. contributed the other extra base hit with a double.. Ryan Hammonds (1-1) picked up his first win of the year with six innings pitched. Keele would make his first appearance on the mound of the campaign and earned a save. Against Whitman, Martin Cronin earned his first victory of the season in an 11-2 win in game one. Alex Stack posted his second-straight, three-hit afternoon and matched that amount with runs scored. In the 6-4 loss in game two, Vargas Jr. and senior Luciano Villanueva led the Dallas offense with two hits apiece and were credited with two of three RBI. Finally, the Crusaders capped the week with a 12-5 win over Castleton. Stack claimed a game-high three hits out of four at bats while Keele picked up his first win of the season. Dallas is back on the diamond for its fifth game in six days on Wednesday as it welcomes Castleton.
It was a tough weekend for the Schreiner Mountaineers, going 0-3 this past weekend in losses to Birmingham-Southerns, Ozarks, and Millsaps. In a 10-1 loss to nationally ranked BSC, Bret Hill had two of Schreiner's seven hits in the game. Against the Eagles, the Mountaineers dropped a heartbreaker, 2-1 in 10 innings. Jayme Kidder went eight of those innings, allowing just three hits and striking out six in another gem of a performance. Schreiner had six hits, with freshman Hayden Fryrear accounting for two of those. Schreiner then got bounced by Millsaps, 16-3, Quinton Volovar led the way with a RBI double, the only RBI of the day. The Mountaineers are back at home next weekend for a four-game series with Whitworth.
The Pirates opened up their season last week and went on to go 2-2 throughout the weekend. It started with a wild game against Howard Payne, one the Pirates dropped 15-13. The Pirates, down 14-5, scored eight runs in the eighth and ninth innings to give themselves a chance. Will Cates led the way at the plate, going 3-4 with three RBIs, two walks and four runs scored on a pair of home run blosts. Robert Wehman also posted three hits and three RBIs in the loss. The Pirates then went into a three game series against Concordia, winning the series, 2-1. In a 7-5 win in the first game, Ethan Hallmark led at the plate with an outstanding 3-4 day with two RBIs. Riley Wayland earned the win, his first of the season, with three strikeouts, no runs and no hits in two innings of work. After falling 11-6 in game two, Southwestern picked up the win with a 7-5 victory in 12 innings. Noah Clark earned the win with no runs or hits while walking one and striking out one. Cates had a huge outing, going 3-6 with one RBI and two runs scored. Hallmark also went 3-6 from the plate with one RBI and one run scored. Southwestern heads to Millington, Tenn. for three neutral site contests beginning with Fontbonne on Friday.
Texas Lutheran University
The Bulldogs went to Tyler, Texas this past weekend for the Clements Fluid Classic and went 2-2 over the weekend. The Bulldogs split the first game, defeating Louisiana College, 3-1, before falling to Texas-Tyler, 9-4. The Bulldogs received a second consecutive strong outing from senior ace Aaron Aleman to pace them to the 3-1 win over Louisiana College. Aleman (2-0) tossed the complete-game gem, going the distance while striking out nine and allowing just four hits. Tony Gennusa was 2-for-4 with a RBI triple while Klaus Bohrmann powered his first homer of the season. After the loss to the Patriots, the Bulldogs responded with a 7-3 win over LeTourneau. Bohrmann was the catalyst for the Bulldogs' offense in the game, driving in three runs. Dylan Drgac earned his first win in a Bulldog uniform after tossing 8.1 innings. The only runs scored against him came in the ninth inning, with the game well in hand. The Bulldogs would drop the final game to the Patriots, 8-6, despite a two RBI day from Justin Law. Gennusa added a three hit ballgame. The Bulldogs are back in action at home against Mary Hardin-Baylor at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
#16 Trinity University
The 16th-ranked Tiger baseball team went 1-2 over the weekend, picking up a victory over defending ASC champion LeTourneau before falling to Louisiana College and Texas-Tyler. Against the YellowJackets, Zack Speer improved to 2-0 on the season, giving up just two runs on four hits, and striking out 11 batters. Jose Santos led the Tigers with three hits in four at-bats, scoring two runs to go with one RBI. Also scoring twice were Carter MacEachern and Nick Jewett. Austin Singer also had a huge day for the Tigers, driving in four runs and going 3-5 on the day. The Tigers were then tripped up by the Wildcats, 7-6, and the Patriots, 4-2. Santos led the Tiger offense with a 3-4 performance at the plate, picking up two runs and three RBI in the game. Drew Butler and Jeremy Wolf had two hits each, while Singer hit his third home run of the season - a solo shot to lead off the fifth. Trinity returns home next weekend for a three-game series against the University of Dallas.