IRVING, Texas - The University of Dallas baseball team took the series win over Sul Ross State University after defeating the Lobos 13-2 on Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders scored two early runs in the bottom of the first. Dallas pitching held the Lobos in check through six innings. UD then scored four more runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Dallas wasn't done offensively as they put a five spot on the board in the eighth. Stellar pitching held the Lobos in check all day as the Crusaders only allowed two runs to score. UD only had three hits on the day but took advantage of eight wild pitches, ten batters hit by pitch and 10 walks to grab the convincing win.
Team scores: Dallas (13), Sul Ross (2)
Team Records: Dallas (2-1), Sul Ross (1-2)
Pitcher Records: W) Jamie Wallace (1-0), L) Grant Gravitt (0-1)
Dallas shut down an early attack by the Lobos in the first as Zachary Taylor (Humble, Texas) got out of the inning after allowing a two-out double. UD got a leadoff walk from Jordan Stickler (Grand Rapids, Mich.) in the bottom half of the inning. Stickler eventually scored off a sacrifice fly from Luke Boylson (Fairview, Texas). Jessup Scott (Lewiston, Idaho) then pushed across another run to helped UD grab a 2-0 lead.
Josh Abalos (Lewisville, Texas) reached base for the second-straight at bat in the third. Boylson singled in Abalos as UD went up 3-0 after three innings. Taylor kept the Lobos off the board after he went four innings only allowing one hit and striking out four men. Jamie Wallace (Crockett, Texas) came in relief for four more innings to earn the win. Wallace gave up two runs, but fanned three men and got out of multiple jams. Jaylen Camarillo (Gerogetown, Texas) closed the game out in the ninth.
Grant Gravitt was granted the loss after he gave up two early runs, and was pulled after not recording an out. Wesley Moss and Jacob Pool notched a run-batted-in each in the seventh and eighth.
SRSU made things interesting after they loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with a leadoff double and two men walked with no outs. Wallace got one out after Jeff Hartley flied out. Moss then got a run in after he grounded out. Wallace then got Jospeh Sanchez to fly out to get out of the seventh with only one run allowed. The Crusaders responded with nine runs over the next two frames.
Boylson led Dallas with three RBI after he went 2-2 on the day and grabbed a walk. Paul Scioli (Lubbock, Texas) and Seth Hanson (Apache Junction, Ariz.) both marked RBI in the game. Abalos recorded three stolen bases.
This win marked the first home-opening weekend series win for Dallas since 2012.
#UDallasBASE wins 1st Opening Weekend Series that was home since 2012!— UDallas Athletics (@UDallasSports) February 3, 2019
- Boylson (2-2, 3 RBI, BB)
- Scott (2 RBI, R)
- Abalos (4 R, 3 SB)
- Wallace (WP, 4 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 K)
- Taylor (4 IP, 0 R, H, 4 K)#WeAreUD #d3baseball pic.twitter.com/aTOTDoYJxN
Dallas will make its first road trip of the season to the University of the Ozarks on Saturday (Feb. 9) with a double-header scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. The teams will conclude the series on Sunday (Feb. 10) with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m.