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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Cru drops first two games of 2016 season
Feb12

Cru drops first two games of 2016 season

The Crusader baseball team started its season with a tough test as they faced off against No. 7 Rhodes College on a cool Friday afternoon. Senior pitcher Aaron Barteau took the bump for the Cru and pounded the zone early as he struck out the side in the first inning. The Cru got on the board first when Senior Chase Burrow tripled to drive in Scott Stephens. Burrows then scored when Max Conway hit a fly ball that was dropped by the right fielder to give the Cru an early 2-0 lead. The Lynx responded in the fourth inning when Bill Munson scored on a fielder’s choice before Bennett Notestine stole home to tie the game. Rhodes took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when an error by third baseman Dakota Parsons allowed Jackson Lourie to score. Barteau gave up three runs on two hits over five innings. “His stuff was really good. Being a strikeout pitcher is a double-edged sword, because you get a lot of strikeouts, but you throw a lot of pitches,” UMHB head coach Ben Shipp said. The Cru tied things up in the bottom half of the inning when Cody Stone’s RBI single knocked in Will Stafford. Rhodes regained the lead in the seventh inning when Nathan Foshee dropped a squeeze bunt down the line. Parsons doubled to start the eighth for the Cru and scored on an error by Rhodes second baseman Zac Lange to make it 5-4. Riley Davis singled to start the ninth for the Cru, but Lynx pitcher Jack Mercer shut the door and closed out the win for Rhodes. Even though the Lynx got the win, Rhodes head coach Jeff Cleanthes didn’t feel like his team played the better game on the afternoon. “We were outplayed by a really good baseball team,” Clanthes said. “We just got the plays and they got the bad hops.” The Cru took the diamond for a second time Friday evening to face the Ponoma-Pitzer Sagehens. Ponoma-Pitzer got the scoring started in the third inning when Tanner Nishioka’s double allowed Simon Rosenbaum to score on a throwing error by UMHB right fielder Will Stafford. The Sagehens added another run in the inning on an RBI single from Bryce Rogan. In the home half of the third, Stafford came through with a two-out double and then scored on a base hit from Seth Martin to make it 2-1. However, Pomona-Pitzer added RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away 4-2. Crusader starter Seth Hill gave up four runs on eight hits, but managed to strand seven on base. “Seth didn’t have his...

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Women’s basketball hopes to make late-season surge
Jan28

Women’s basketball hopes to make late-season surge

The UMHB women’s basketball team has made impressive strides under new coach Mark Morefield. The ladies have been playing with more control and a cohesiveness that makes plays seem almost effortless. With a record of 8-9 the team is hopeful they will begin to find their comfort zone under their new coach and with a new playing style. The team had three consecutive wins against East Texas Baptist, Concordia and the Ozarks followed by a loss to Howard Payne. They then redeemed themselves with another vistory over Sul Ross. The team not only won these games, but fought hard to keep their lead. The team battled into overtime during their game against Concordia, as the final buzzer left the score 51-51. Jonelle Smith scored two 3-pointers that gained the lead. That lead was then secured with free throws by Bridjai Chaney and Meghan Turner. The Cru decisively captured the victory 67-62 over Concordia, leaving the Tornadoes spinning back to Austin. The American Southwest Conference named Smith the Women’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week for games Jan.11 through Jan.18. Smith has been the top scorer with a total of 72 points her past four games. She displayed killer crossovers and ball handling techniques that not only put points on the scoreboard but allowed her teamates to shine as well. The Cru hit a road block against Howard Payne with a loss of 59-63. The ladies fell short with only 12.5 percent of three pointers versus Howard Payne’s 25 percent. The Cru fought a good fight, leading in free-throw percentage. Overall in skill and technique, the team performed to the best of their ability but the odds of making 3-pointers just did not seem to be in their favor. Performance was not lacking in any way and the changes the team has made in their playing style were not compromised. Women’s Basketball took on Sul Ross Saturday Jan. 23 at the Mayborn Campus Center. The ladies defeated Sul Ross with a score of 75-57. Jonell Smith continued in this game as the top scorer with a total of 20 points. Tori Tucker and Kendra Wynn were also high scorers, with Tucker scoring 11 and Wynn adding 10. Bridjai Chaney led with 13 high rebounds. The energy of the game was through the roof and the players seemed to catch the good vibes. The atmosphere led to multiple scorers within the game including freshmen Jesslyn Poole and Tyra Gatson. The ladies have been working not only on winning, but finding the most effective ways to score. The team hopes to maintain tthis same intense level of play all the way...

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Softball strives to improve
Jan28

Softball strives to improve

As the 2016 spring season draws closer, Head Coach Larry Hennig and Assistant Coach Melissa Maler, along with the rest of the Cru softball team, are gearing up to take on their opponents. Coming off of a 21-18 record last season, the Cru has high hopes that they’ll get a chance at a successful season. “We are very excited for this season,” Henning said. “We’ve been going at it since August and had a month of fall softball. We feel like we are improved from where we were at last year and we we are going to improve even more.” The Cru looks to start the season strong as they face-off against Texas Lutheran University Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the season opener. Freshman firstbaseman Ainsley Skopik said the team is eager to start the season. “We are very excited to open our season. We have worked hard throughout the offseason and we are ready to take the field,” Skopik said. “We have an incredible team of talented and dedicated players.” The home opener will take place Feb. 12 at 4 pm against LeTourneau University. “This season the team is committed to improvement,” Henning said. “We want to put up more wins and be one of the top teams in our league.” The team struggled to fend off the top three teams in the conference last year and is determined to make a better showing than last season. But even though the team will be focusing on defeating their toughest opponents, they will also be focusing on enjoying the season. “Softball is a passion for these girls,” Henning said. “They are players that grew up playing the game and they had other family members that were softball players. So, they are really just living a dream playing here at Mary Hardin-Baylor. Being able to get a college degree and getting to do something that they love is near and dear to them, so we want them to enjoy it”. Hennig has spent his entire life committed to this sport and loves to share his passion with the team every single day. “I enjoy coaching softball because I’ve been on some sort of sports team my whole life,” he said “I started playing sports when I was 10 or 11-years-old and I have been on a team ever since.” While there are many reasons that Hennig loves coaching the game, there are a few things that stick out to him. “It’s so cool to see the different personalities that come into play. There are no two people alike and it keeps me on my toes,” he...

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A tale of two games
Jan28

A tale of two games

The Cru never trailed Jan. 21 against Howard Payne University, but had to overcome a late push by the Yellow Jackets to secure the 88-76 victory. The game was tied at 11 just over five minutes in before UMHB went on an 11-2 run to stretch its lead to nine points. The Cru continued to widen the gap in the first half and an emphatic dunk by senior Sidney Deloach made it 42-22 with 2:35 remaining in the half. The Cru held a 48-29 lead at the break. “I thought we played well in the first half. I didn’t think we played great, but we just want them to play good, and that’s what we’ve been talking about,” UMHB coach Ken DeWeese said. “You don’t have to do anything spectacular, just play good.” UMHB grabbed its largest lead with 14:15 remaining in the contest when a 3-pointer from junior Shon Lewis pushed it to a 21-point advantage at 59-38. That’s when the tides started to change. HPU chipped away at the lead before a Bryan Adams three made it a 66-61 win with 5:14 remaining. “They went into that zone to try and slow us down, and I guess we were just more passive than we were in the first half,” senior guard Layton Zinsmeister said. Tensions ran high in the final minutes of the game. UMHB senior Russell Green was ejected after a flagrant foul with 3:27 left. The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to three at 74-71 with under 2:30 to go. With 1:43 remaining, HPU guard Rickey Guillory picked up a technical foul after scoring a bucket, and was ejected 25 seconds later after receiving a second technical. “Those guys were doing a lot of talking. I told our guys, ‘Words don’t hurt you. Because if words did hurt you, as bad as I’ve talked to you the last three weeks, you’d all be dead. Let them do the talking and you just keep your mouth shut,” DeWeese said. The Cru was able to knock down its free throws in the final minute to put the game on ice and seal the 88-76 win. Zinsmeister said the team hadn’t been playing up to its full potential, but came out playing inspired basketball. “We had a little fury in our eyes. Coach has been hard on us,” Zinmeister said. “He’s been motivating us to play harder and it definitely worked in the first half.” The team returned to action Jan. 24 when they hosted the Sul Ross state Lobos. Sul Ross had the lead for most of the first ten minutes, but went cold midway through the...

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New season, new identity for women’s basketball
Dec09

New season, new identity for women’s basketball

The UMHB Women’s Basketball team has gone into this season with high expectations and a drive to win. The ladies have a record of 3-4 with acceptable performances in their losses. This year the ladies have a lot to look forward to with Mark Morefield as their new head coach. Morefield was previously the assistant coach of Baylor University’s NCAA division I Men’s basketball team. His experience working at the division one level is what the team believes will carry them to new heights this season. Sophomore small forward Taylor Dangerfield feels that Morefield has brought a lot more structure to the team and brings a new level of comfort that she describes as “a way better feel than last year.” The team has the winning mindset this season according to Dangerfield. “We always say we are going to practice as a championship team,” she said. “Our goal is actually to go to the NCAA championship, not just to win a conference.” Junior Power Forward Bridjai Chaney, was recently named the American Southwest Conference Women’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week ending the 29th of November. In the CRU’s first win of the season against Southwestern University, Chaney scored 15 points, along with eight rebounds, an assist and was 6-8 from the free throw line. Chaney believes that the key to the team’s success is their drive and determination to keep going. “We don’t give up. We can be down but we don’t know what giving up is,” she said. “Even with two seconds left we will still fight for as long as we can.” The women have been working on playing smarter – determining what is a good shot, taking open shots and knowing if there is a better shot available. They are continuously practicing and working so that when they face tough rivals such as UT Tyler and UT Dallas they will play to the best of their ability and hopefully bring home the glory. Chaney and Dangerfield look forward to building a bond amongst their teammates and improving their capabilities. Dangerfield explained that the Christmas break is an influential time in team bonding since students are away at home and the team can really focus on one another. “We have a lot of good people on our team,” Chaney said. “Its like getting a whole bunch of new parts to an old car. Once they all get running well with oil and everything, it’s pretty good.” After losing their first three contests, the Cru responded by winning three consecutive contests against Southwestern, Texas Lutheran and Belhavan before falling 62-50 against Texas A&M International University at...

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