The Bells Podcast – April 14, 2016
Apr14

The Bells Podcast – April 14, 2016

Produced by Cody Weems “Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “Let It Be” by The Beatles played in accordance with Fair Use and Copyright...

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The Bells Podcast – March 24, 2016
Mar24

The Bells Podcast – March 24, 2016

Produced by Cody Weems “Spellbound” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “Stop! In The Name Of Love” by Diana Ross & The Supremes played in accordance with Fair Use and Copyright...

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The Bells Podcast – March 10, 2016
Mar10

The Bells Podcast – March 10, 2016

Produced by Cody Weems “Spellbound” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “Jesus Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood played in accordance with Fair Use and Copyright Laws.   Weekend Sports Baseball 3/11 Baldwin Wallace University 6 p.m. 3/12 Baldwin Wallace University 4 p.m. 3/12 Spalding University               7 p.m. 3/13 Denison University                2 p.m.   Softball 3/13  @ U.T. – Dallas 6 p.m. 3/14  @ U.T. – Dallas 12 p.m....

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Baseball hopes to take the next step forward in 2016
Feb16

Baseball hopes to take the next step forward in 2016

The grass has been cut, the infield groomed and the excitement of a new season lingers in the air at Red Murff Field as the Crusader baseball team prepares to take the diamond for the first time in 2016. The team will start the season Saturday at 11 a.m. against Rhodes College as part of the Central Texas Weekend. UMHB has teamed up with Concordia University Texas and Southwestern University to host five teams from across the nation throughout the weekend. “It’s a great weekend. By now, everybody in Division III is talking about it,” Head Coach Ben Shipp said. “We’ve got teams from the West Coast all the way over to Georgia. Very seldom do you get that in Division III.” The Cru has been picked to finish fourth in the American Southwest Conference preseason poll. Last season’s squad finished fifth in the ASC with an overall record of 19-22 and was eliminated from the conference tournament after losing its first two games. Shipp believes the team’s struggles in recent years are a product of the players’ mental makeup. “I think two things have held us back: the lack of pitching depth, and an inability to bring our A-game at the conference tournament. I think our play is attributable to not being confident.” Senior outfielder Chase Burrow has experienced the highs and lows of the last few seasons and he said the clubhouse has a different feel this time around. “I think that the lack of confidence comes from the team chemistry not really being there. This year so far, everybody has been rallying around each other,” Burrow said. “We’ve been playing more as a unit. If we keep doing that, our confidence will keep going up.” Shipp said this year’s squad is shaping up to be a well-rounded team. “I like the way they’ve worked. I think we’re a good combination of team speed, defense and pitching with occasional power. We haven’t always had that balance,” he said. “I feel much better about being able to attack from the top of the order to the bottom.” Aaron Barteau is one of just five seniors on the roster. Last season, he was named an All-Conference pitcher. Barteau said he takes responsibility for keeping the pitching staff focused through the monotony of the season. “Pitching a grind. It’s tough staying focused when you get hit around a little bit,” he said. “I see myself as a big part of helping guys stay focused and make sure they flush their memories really quickly whenever bad stuff starts happening.” Shipp served a prior stint as the team’s head coach from 1986-96,...

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Cru comes up short on second day of Central Texas Weekend
Feb13

Cru comes up short on second day of Central Texas Weekend

      In both its games Saturday, the Crusader baseball jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Neither lead would prove to be enough, however as the Cru dropped its first game to Whitworth University before falling to Piedmont College. Seth martin led off the game against Whitworth with a double before shortstop Dakota Parsons launched a ball over the left field wall to give the Cru an early 2-0 lead. Scott Stephens followed the homer with a double of his own and scored when Cody Stone hit another double. The Cru added a fourth run when Matthew Mazoch brought in Stone with an RBI single. Whitworth got on the board in the third when Daniel Casanova hit an RBI single to make it 4-1. The Cru responded in the fourth inning when a Riley Davis double scored Martin. Matthew Nelson led off the fourth inning for the Pirates with a walk and scored on a home run from Zach Thibault to make it a 1-run game at 4-3. Whitworth then tied the game on an RBI single from Casey Isa. The Pirates took the lead in the seventh on an RBI double from Jeremy Druffel, who would later score on a base hit from Nelson to put the Pirates up 6-5. In the eighth inning, Cru outfielder Will Stafford reached on a fielder’s choice, then stole second and scored on a single by Davis to tie the game at 6. Druffel led off the top of the ninth with a single for the Pirates and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Whitworth took the lead when Nelson scored Druffel with a base hit. Nelson would then come in and score on a fielder’s choice to make it an 8-6 game. Nelson then moved from first base to the mound for the bottom of the ninth and earned his second save of the season by striking out all three Crusaders he faced. Martin went 4-for-5 and scored two runs in the game. Cru starter Casey Frazier went six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. An RBI fielder’s choice from Mazoch got the Cru on the board in the second inning. Martin added an RBI single before Davis knocked in two with a base hit to put the Cru up 4-0. The lead wouldn’t last long, however, as the Lions scored a run in the third and took a 5-4 lead with a 4-run fourth inning. The managed to tie the game at eight in the seventh inning when Davis scored on an error by the third baseman, but the Lions...

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