Dallas, Tx - Beware the ides of March... just as March 15 on the Roman calendar signified a turning point in the history of the Roman empire so the the series vs Blackburn College may be looked at as a turning point in the 2019 baseball season. Coming off of a productive five game set last weekend in which the Crusaders were able to walk away with multiple wins over Calumet and Austin College the team came into the weekend hoping to keep the momentum rolling.
On Friday the Crusaders sent junior Pitcher JT Berry to the mound to start the first game of the day double header. In the top of the second inning the boys would dig themselves a hole as they allowed 3 beaver runners to cross the plate. Over the course of the next several innings the Crusaders would chip their way back in by getting one run in the bottom of the second and then one in the bottom of the fourth and fifth inning to tie the game. As the game moved past the seventh it would go to extra innings where the Beavers struck first in the top of the 8th inning by plating one run on a sacrifice fly. The bottom of the eighth, however, would prove to be major as senior Gabe Benza would hit a walk off double bringing home Josh Lindley and Adriel Davila to win the game 5-4.
In the second game of the double header the Crusaders would roll by the tune of a 7-1 scoreline. Junior Ruggeri Thomas would pitch all seven innings striking out nine batters while only allowing the one earned run. Three Crusaders would have multi-hit games and freshman Adam Suarez would lead the team with two runs batted in. The victory in game two would move the team to a season high 4 game winning streak and would set up the opportunity for a series sweep on Saturday.
Saturday would see the end of the line for the winning streak as the boys would drop the game to Blackburn 3-6 in extra innings. The game started off uneventfully as the teams played scoreless through two innings before the Beavers plated a run in the top half of the third. In the bottom half of the inning Josh Lindley singled to left field with two outs bringing up Jacob Patlan. Patlan then proceeded to double home Lindley on the very next pitch to tie up the ball game. Senior Cameron Henderson would be the next batter up and would battle to a 2-2 count before launching a towering two run homerun to left field to give DCC the lead. That lead would hold until the top of the fifth when Blackburn plated two runs. The score would remain tied until the top half of the 10th inning when the Beavers would score three giving DCC their only loss of the series.
"We played well at times and lost our focus in others. I am happy about winning the series and taking two from a solid opponent, but feel like we beat ourselves in other ways," commented Coach Denny Dixon.
DCC will have a short turnaround as they'll host McMurry University on Tuesday at 2:00 pm in a single nine-inning game.