IRVING, Texas - The University of Dallas baseball team split its twin bill against LeTourneau University on Saturday. The Crusaders won Game One 3-2. Dallas led from the fourth inning on, but the Yellowjackets scored two runs in the top half of the seventh inning to knot things up. Josh Abalos (Lewisville, Texas) was the hero as he hit a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh. In Game 2 LeTourneau came back with a vengeance to win 9-2.
(Game 1 Information) (Final 7 innings)
Team Scores: Dallas (3), LeTourneau (2)
Team Records: Dallas (5-1), LeTourneau (0-4)
Pitcher Records: W) Conrad Voss (3-0), L) Andrew Harlan (0-2)
Neither team had an offensive attack through the first three innings. Conrad Voss (Corona, Calif.) got the nod to start Game 1 on the mound. He only allowed three hits through the first four innings. In the bottom of the third Luke Boylson (Fairview, Texas) got the offense started for Dallas. He doubled to right center and eventually got to third. With the bases loaded Zachary Taylor (Humble, Texas) singled through the right side as Boylson came into score. Paul Scioli (Lubbock, Texas) then followed that up by hitting into a fielder's choice as the second Crusaders run came into score.
In the fifth, the Yellowjackets found two early hits but had nothing to show for it. Pitchers kept the game close as both starters eventually went the distance. Voss shut LETU down in the sixth, but UD was unable to add any insurance runs as the game went into the decisive seventh inning. The Yellowjackets found a walk and a single after the first out. Brandon Ramirez then tied the game up after he doubled down the right field line. Voss got out of the jam stranding one LETU runner on third. In the bottom half Dallas had two fly outs. Jordan Stickler (Grand Rapids, Mich.) kept the line moving with a single up the middle. He later advanced to second on a balk. Abalos came up clutch with a single up the middle to score Stickler for the game-winner.
Voss played the complete game giving up seven hits, and only two runs. He also struck out three batters. Six Dallas batters each had a hit, with Boylson having the one extra-base hit.
Ramirez led LETU going 3-3 with two RBI from the plate. Bryce Brueggemeyer followed his teammate with a 2-3 effort.
This is the Crusaders first walk-off since last February.
(Game 2 Information)
Team Scores: LeTourneau (9), Dallas (2)
Team Records: LeTourneau (1-4), Dallas (5-2)
Pitcher Records: W) Will Bradshaw (1-1), L) Tyler Montemayor (0-2)
LeTourneau turned up the offense in game two with two outs in the first inning. The Yellowjackets had men on second and third after a passed ball. Will Bradshaw then came into score on the balk. Brueggemeyer singled in another run to help LETU grab an early 2-0 lead. In the second inning Noah Mahoney, Cody Lee, and Brueggemeyer all drove in runs, as the team put a four-spot on the board. Will Bradshaw held Dallas hitless through 4.1 innings. Scioli broke it up in the fifth with a single to right, but unfortunately Dallas was unable to get him in. Andrew Magness (San Antonio, Texas) found his rhythm from the mound as he gave UD 5.1 innings.
Dallas eventually broke through on the scoreboard in the eighth inning. After giving up two runs in the top half of the inning, Abalos singled to right field as Stickler and Michael Jaquez (Irving, Texas) came into score. Ramirez stayed hot with a 3-5 effort from the plate as he notched another RBI in the seventh. LeTourneau tied the series at one game a piece at the end of the day.
Abalos had a solid day with two RBI in the Game 2 as he finished 1-3 from the plate. William Bresnahan (Windham, N.H.) put in some work from the bump going two innings and striking out one man.
Ramirez, Mahoney and Will Bradshaw all scored two runs for LETU. Mahoney joined Ramirez and Brueggemeyer as each had two RBI. Bradshaw went 7.2 innings only allowing two runs off of four hits, while recording eight strikeouts.
Dallas will play the rubber match against LeTourneau on Sunday (Feb.17). First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.