BROWNWOOD, Texas – The University of Dallas baseball team swept its doubleheader versus Howard Payne University on Saturday. The Crusaders won the first game 7-2 after notching 10 hits and six stolen bases. Nathan Patton (McKinney, Texas) had three hits off of two doubles and two runs scored in the first game to lead the Crusaders. In Game two won 11-4 with 13 hits. Five different Crusaders had two hits each. Joseph Vondrachek (North St. Paul, Minn.) led the Dallas attack with three RBI. Dallas combined for 18 run and 23 hits in the offensive outburst on the road.
(Game 1 Information)
Team Scores: Dallas (7), Howard Payne (2)
Team Records: Dallas (3-1), Howard Payne (3-2)
Pitcher Records: W) Conrad Voss (2-0), L) Xavier Haines (1-1)
Vondrachek started the game with a leadoff double to center field and later advanced to second on a groundout. Patton put the Crusaders on the board with his at bat when he doubled to right center to bring around Vondrachek. In the bottom half of the first Conrad Voss (Corona, Calif.) allowed one walk, but was able to limit the Yellow Jackets in the first inning. HPU grabbed a double in the second inning, but Voss was able to escape the inning with no runs allowed.
After both teams shut down the opposing offenses for three innings, UD had something stirring in the sixth. Patton began the inning by singling through the left side. Two batters later Andrew Womack (Vienna, Va.) singled to left field to drive in Patton. Womack advanced to second and eventually third as the inning continued. Christian Wheatley (Austin, Texas) notched his first career RBI after he singled through the left side to bring Womack to the plate. UD kept the inning going after a wild pitch, a walk, and a stolen base. Dallas would eventually settle for just two runs in the inning, but would take a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning.
Voss kept it rolling on the mound to give Dallas an excellent chance to grab a win heading into the final inning. The UD bats would not be stopped in the final inning. With two on and nobody out, Patton doubled to left center to bring around both Vondrachek and Michael Jaquez (Irving, Texas). In the next at bat, Zachary Taylor (Humble, Texas) doubled to left center to help score Patton. A failed pickoff attempt allowed another UD run to come across as the Crusaders took a commanding 7-0 lead into the final half inning. Voss got the first out, but Jonathan McKay found the third hit of the game for HPU when he doubled to center field. David Paleo broke the shutout attempt for Dallas after he smacked a home run over the left field fence. Voss kept his composure and got the final two outs to give Dallas the win.
Vondrachek and Patton both had three hits and scored two runs in the game to lead UD. Patton drove in a team-leading three RBI. Taylor, Womack, and Wheatley also drove in a run each. Patton had two of the team's five doubles in the contest. Vondrachek led the Crusaders with two stolen bases, as UD notched six bases swiped. Voss went the distance on the mound only allowing four hits and one free base, while notching seven strikeouts. Voss was charged two earned runs on the homerun. Dallas had 10 hits and committed no errors in the victory.
HPU had only four hits in the game all coming from four different batters. Paleo hit the homerun and drove in the two runs for the Yellow Jackets. Xavier Haines started on the mound for HPU and went 5.2 innings, gave up seven hits, and three earned runs. Haines also struck out six men. Jt Howard pitched 0.1 innings with one walk. Johnny Cravey pitched the final inning for the Yellow Jackets and allowed four runs (2 earned) off of three hits.
#UDCRUSADERS WIN!— UDallas Athletics (@UDallasSports) February 15, 2020
- Defeat Howard Payne (Game 1) (F/7)
- Patton (3-3, 2B, 3 RBI)
- Vondrachek (3-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 SB)
- Voss (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER BB, 7 K)
- UD (10 hits, 5 2B, 6 SB)#WeAreUD #d3baseball #UDallas #UDBaseball pic.twitter.com/WQe1rEWa52
(Game 2 Information)
Team Scores: Dallas (11), Howard Payne (4)
Team Records: Dallas (4-1), Howard Payne (3-3)
Pitcher Records: W) Graeme Williams (1-0), L) Bryant Chambers (1-1)
With two outs in the first inning, Dallas got a man on after a hit batter. Taylor drove in a run with his double to take the first run of the game. McKay tripled to leadoff the Yellow Jackets half, but he was left stranded. After a quiet second, Mavrick Martinez (Friendswood, Texas) tripled to leadoff the third inning to start a UD rally. Martinez scored on pass ball. Jaquez doubled to right center and advanced to third on an error by the center fielder. Patton drove in Jaquez with his fly out to left. Graeme Williams (Frisco, Texas) got the start on the mound. Williams got out of another jam in the third after HPU got a runner on third with only one down. Williams got a strikeout and a fly out to get out of the inning.
In the fifth, Vondrachek hit his second career home run after he blasted a ball over the left field fence to put Dallas up 4-0. In the Yellow Jackets half Carson Wert singled in a run to put HPU on the board. Joey Villarreal drove in another run in this inning to cut the Dallas lead to 4-2 after five innings. Wheatley singled in a run a picked up an RBI in the sixth. Martinez then had a big two-out hit as he singled through the right side and brought in two more Dallas runs. Womack kept up his solid day at the plate with a single and an RBI in the seventh to put the Crusaders up 8-2. HPU gained a run back in the seventh, but that would be the end of the rally. Vondrachek and Jaquez combined for three RBI in the eighth to give UD some insurance runs and an 11-3 lead. RJ Roberts smacked a homerun to left center in the eighth, but UD would take the dominant win and the day sweep.
Vondrachek paced UD with a 2-5 outing at the plate, with two runs scored, three RBI and homerun. Jaquez, Womack, Wheatley, and Martinez all had two hits each in this game as well. Christian Wheatley (Austin, Texas) had two stolen bases on the day for the firsts of his career. Williams pitched five strong innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs, and only one walk. Williams also struck out six batters. Jamie Wallace (Crockett, Texas), Jaylen Camarillo (Georgetown, Texas), and Tyler Montemayor (Boerne, Texas) each pitched one inning for Dallas in relief.
HPU was led offensively by Wert and Zach Gingrich who both had two-hit outings. McKay hit a double, while Roberts had the home run. The Yellow Jackets used five pitchers in game two. Chambers, who got that start, allowed four hits, four runs, and one home run.
#UDCRUSADERS WIN!— UDallas Athletics (@UDallasSports) February 16, 2020
Defeat Howard Payne 11-4 (Game 2)
- Vondrachek (2-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB)
- Martinez (2-4, 2 RBI, 3B, R)
- Jaquez (2-5, 2B, RBI, R)
- Williams (WP, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K)
- UD Hitters (13 hits) Pitchers (11 K)#WeAreUD #d3baseball #UDallas #UDBaseball pic.twitter.com/4bzrhAAqrI
Dallas will make its home debut in 2020 when they host Arlington Baptist University next weekend (Feb. 22-23). The two teams will play a twin bill on Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m. The series finale then will be played on Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m.