PREVIEW: Baseball vs. Blackburn College (3/11-3/12)

Crusaders begin nice home stretch with 3-game non-conference series against Blackburn.
Crusaders begin nice home stretch with 3-game non-conference series against Blackburn.

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GAME INFORMATION

Dates: March 11th (DH – 7 innings, 9 innings) | March 12th (9 innings)

Times: March 11th starts at 12 p.m. | March 12th starts at 1 p.m.

Opponent: Blackburn College

Location: Crusader Field


FIRST PITCH

The University of Dallas baseball team will enjoy being at home for most of the remainder of the month. After playing 10-of-13 away contests to start the campaign, the Crusaders (5-8) will be home for that same amount starting with three non-conference games with Blackburn.

Dallas is coming off a 2-1 series win at No. 6 (NAIA) Texas Wesleyan University. After winning a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday, the Crusaders fell 5-4 in 11 innings.

The Crusaders did well in their only home series about a month ago with Mississippi University for Women. UD went 3-0 in those games, with the final home appearance being a walk-off by Nathan Patton (McKinney, Texas).


UDCRUSADERS HEADLINES

- Jordan Stickler (Grand Rapids, Mich.) has reached base safely in all 13 games this season. That streak extends to 44 since last year.

- Dallas as a team is batting .272, with 103 hits, 81 runs, 18 doubles, three triples, and 69 RBI. The Crusaders have walked 58 times, while being hit by a pitch 23 times.

- Jessup Scott (Lewiston, Idaho) is hitting .474 overall, with a 2-for-3, double, two runs, two walks, and a steal in his most recent game.

- Patton, Josh Abalos (Lewisville, Texas), and Mark Peterson (Cincinnati, Ohio) are the top trio of hitters in double figures with 19, 18, and 12, respectively.

- Conrad Voss (Corona, Calif.) and Tyler Montemayor (Boerne, Texas) are the innings pitched leaders with 19.1 frames each. Abraham Griesbauer (Troy, Mo.) holds a 3.97 ERA and went 1-1 last series.


BY THE NUMBERS

- UD Season Stats

- Blackburn Season Stats

- All-time Series: 1-1

- These teams only have met one year (April 18th, 2009). The pair of games were in Carlinville, Illinois. UD won 12-5 game 1 and lost 3-1 in game 2.


SCOUTING THE BEAVERS

- Blackburn is 1-6 overall on the year.

- They defeated Lawrence last Saturday, 5-4, before dropping their most recent appearance on Sunday to Loras (8-1).

- All seven contests for the Beavers have been on neutral turf.

- Ryan Steen is the lone hitter in double-digits with 11 total. He has smacked a pair of doubles and homers. Ry Clark is the team leader in runs-batted-in with seven. Steen follows with six and Walter Jarvis is next with five.

- The pitching staff has compiled an 8.02 ERA, while allowing 94 runs compared to the Beavers scoring 34. Tyler Durand has thrown 12 innings for a team-high. He joins Jarrett Sandlin and Jonathan Stepp in the group of starters with a pair of such appearances on the mound.


UP NEXT

Dallas begins Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play with the defending regular season and tournament champions, No. 8 Centenary College, at home on March 17th-18th.