Baseball continues to work toward postseason play

Throwing the first no-hitter for UMHB since 1992 and D III’s first no-hitter of the season, senior accounting major Taylor Burrow was named ASC West Division’s Pitcher of the Week. He managed to strike out 10 of Southwestern University’s players, walk three and only allowed them one run.

“It was a pretty surreal experience, a feat that is tough to do at this level or any level at that,” Burrow said. “But it was a big accomplishment as a team because we had to work together, and defensively we stepped up.”

Cru baseball nears conference as the end of the district season draws closer with the conference starting March 9 at Texas Lutheran University.

Sophomore pitcher Danny Horstman prepares to throw the ball at a home game against University of Ozarks March 3. Photo by Brooke Morgan.

“Find a way to get it done” is the team’s motto, and they obviously “get it done” with an 8-5 record. The men are confident they will advance well into the conference with the goal of winning the championship and ultimately, the national championship.

“We have everything going in the right direction right now,” Head Coach Derek Dunaway said. “We definitely have a lot of talent in place, but we have the team chemistry, which I believe is more important than the talent.”

Burrow commented on how strong the team has become and the accomplishments they have attained by “fitting together pieces of the puzzle” among their lineup, defense and pitching staff.

With several obstacles to overcome, Dunaway believes the strength and talent to succeed are there to make it to the championship.

Freshman accounting major and pitcher for the Cru Jamie Theriot said, “We’ve got a long way to go, but the way we have looked early on the mound and at the plate, it’s a strong indicator that we are strong competitors.”

According to Dunaway, the team’s biggest strengths are leadership and experience and when combined with their physical talent, make them a difficult team to beat. Dunaway said there is a lot of “luck” involved with baseball and hopes it to be on their side.

He describes baseball as a “mental game” since there is a lot of downtime between pitches. If a player misses at bat, he has to wait another 45 minutes before he goes up to bat again, so there is a lot of time to think what he did wrong on the bench. In order to be a good player, one cannot get too emotionally high or low during a game.

Dunaway said, “They just have to give it their all and accept the results.”

 

Author: Lindsey Holderby

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