Softball claims 1st Win of 2017 after splitting with Jarvis Christian

Galvan and Crusaders pick up first wins of season.
Galvan and Crusaders pick up first wins of season.

IRVING, Texas – The University of Dallas softball team earned its first victory of 2017 by winning game two of a doubleheader Sunday against Jarvis Christian College. Solid pitching from Lauren Galvan (Bryan, Texas) and defense backed early run support through two innings for Dallas in a 3-2 win. The triumph ended a five-game slide for the Crusaders, who lost 10-4 in game one to Jarvis Christian.


GAME ONE INFORMATION

Team Scores: Jarvis Christian College (10), University of Dallas (4)

Team Records: Jarvis Christian (3-5), Dallas (0-5)

Pitcher of Record: W) Salazar (2-2), L) Lee (0-3)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

- Jade Miller (Plano, Texas) recorded the only multi-hit game for Dallas with a 2-for-4. She added her team-leading 3rd steal.

- Allison Kotlar (Edna, Texas) drove in her 1st runner of the season and had a hit.

- Mackenzie Tano (Wylie, Texas) went yard for her the 1st collegiate home run.

- Allie Driskill (Houston, Texas) logged the other UD extra base knock with her 1st career double.

- Katie Lee (Houston, Texas) tied a season-high six strikeouts in back-to-back outings. She allowed four earned runs in seven innings. It was the career record holder's 100th game to appear in.

- Her counterpart, Alejandra Salazar picked up the win allowing four runs (3 earned) on seven hits. She tallied three walks and strikeouts while going the distance.

- Salazar was also a threat at the plate with the two of the Bulldogs' with three-hit games.

- The other was Paris Harper (3-4) who drove in four on a grand slam, scored twice, and swiped a pair of bags.

HOW IT HAPPENED

A six-run first inning was too deep of a hole for the Crusaders to climb from. Olinda Mollnar singled up the middle to drive in the first run. After a second run came home, Rashell Copper popped up for the second out. However, the bags were full and Harper crushed a homer to left field and plated everyone.

Another run in the third extended the advantage to seven, but Dallas fought to erase part of the margin to four over the third and fourth innings. Kotlar was able to circle the bases on a throwing error by JCC's pitcher when she bunted. In the next bottom half of the inning, Tano lifted a two-run blast to make it 7-3. Those pair of runs batted in give Tano three.

Right away however, the Bulldogs countered with three runs in the top half of the fifth to seal the win. The first two outs were made but a pair of infield singles respectively by Copper and Harper created trouble. With them on the corners, Harper stole second base, and a leaning Copper drew a wide throw to third that allowed her to advance. Then Jallen Douglas tripled to right-center field and Cynthia Velazquez completed the damage with a single to right.


GAME TWO INFORMATION

Team Scores: Jarvis Christian College (2), Dallas (3)

Team Records: Jarvis (3-6), Dallas (1-5)

Pitcher of Record: W) Fagnana (1-4) L) Galvan (1-0)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

- Miller etched her 2nd homer of the season with an inside the park round-tripper. It also extended her hitting streak to six games.

- Kotlar continued her strong day in run production with another pair of ribbies.

- Katelyn Lazarek (Seattle, Wash.), Tera Espinosa (Caldwell, Texas) collected there first base knocks of the campaign.

- A trio of Crusaders: Melanie Savala (Byran, Texas), Tano, and Lazarek each had a stolen base.

- Galvan in her first collegiate start (2nd appearance) threw a complete game and earned her first collegiate win. In the circler, Galvan allowed two runs and scattered seven hits. She walked none and struck out a pair.

- For the Bulldogs, Salazar was perfect at the plate (3-3) and doubled for the lone extra base hit on the guests. She was 6-for-8 in the twinbill.

- Crystal Fagnana had the lone RBI with a hit. She also pitched and threw six frames. Her final line was: six hits, three runs, one walk, and five strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED

In the second matchup, Dallas took first blood as Miller sent a towering ball to deep center. With the wind blowing all afternoon the centerfielder was nowhere near the ball as it fell near the numbers against the wall. Miller scampered around the bases and scored an inside the park home run.

After the early lead, Savala singled to right and stole second. However the next two Crusaders did not bring her in. In the second inning, Tano led off by being hit by pitch. She swiped second and Lazarek laced a single through the left side to place them on the corners. Lazarek on the next batter stole UD's third of the contest. A pair of strikeouts followed giving Fagnana four-of-five during the first five outs. Kotlar made sure to take advantage of the runners in scoring position with a solid knock the other way to right.

Dallas only required the three runs as Galvan battled through seven innings to hold onto the team's first win. She started off by letting two Bulldogs reach on singles. However, the freshman maintained her composure and induced groundout to first unassisted between two flyouts to center in the first inning. The next two frames were nearly spotless other than a two-out single up the middle.

In the fourth, Galvan faced her first adversary with a pair of runs bringing Jarvis Christian within one (3-2). Another two-out single started the rally. Harper had the single up the middle and then Copper bunted to first for a single. The speedy tandem were on the corners and successfully pulled a delayed double steal to break the shutout. Fagnana helped her own cause in the circle with a hit through the right side. A groundout to second by Douglas ended the threat.

The Crusaders offense only had one hit from that point on which was the next batter, Espinosa, that led off the bottom part of the inning with a bunt to the pitcher. The next nine outs would follow keeping UD's bats silent.

That left things in the hands of Galvan and defense in home white to contain a 3-2 edge. A one-out double for Salazar in the fifth was the last big scoring chance for the visitors. Ileah Cox pinch hit and flied out to right and Molinar ground out to third to end the frame. Galvan retired the final eight batters in a row, which included a fly out from pinch hitter Tyesha Johnson.  

UP NEXT

Dallas continues a season-long, 10-game homestand on Tuesday versus University of Texas at Dallas. First pitch slated at 5 p.m.