ORANGE, Calif. – The University of Dallas baseball team fell to No. 3 and NCAA Division III defending National Champions Chapman University 17-0 on Monday. The Panthers scored 17 runs off of 12 hits including 14 RBI and 16 walks in the contest. Chapman pitching held Dallas to just three hits on the day and struck out 12 batters in the winning effort. The Panthers put up six runs on the board in the second inning and never looked back.
Team Scores: Chapman University (17) | Dallas (0)
Team Records: Chapman University (12-3) | Dallas (8-8)
Pitcher Records: W) Nick Garcia (4-1) | L) Zachary Taylor (0-2)
Dallas went down in order in the top half of the first inning. Brad Shimabuku singled to lead off the Panthers half. Drew Littwin followed that up with a four-pitch walk. Kevin Gregersen allowed both baserunners to advance with his sacrifice bunt. With the bases loaded Joe Jimenez pushed across the first run of the game with his sacrifice fly to center field. Zachary Taylor (Humble, Texas) escaped the inning with just one run allowed as he got the final two batters to fly out. Ross Lowe (Lewisville, Texas) was the first Crusader to reach base as he drew a two-out walk in the second, but that was all Dallas could generate in that inning.
Chapman once again loaded up the bases in the second with three-straight walks. Shimabuku then blasted a grand slam over the left field fence to give Chapman a 5-0 lead. Dallas went to its bullpen early as Jamie Wallace (Crockett, Texas) came in to toe the rubber. The Panthers scored another run after a series of a hit batter, a failed pickoff attempt, and a passed ball (6-0). The Panthers tacked on another run off a passed ball, but Wallace was able to get out of the inning with a couple of strikeouts and a fly out to center field.
Xavier Cardenas (Mesquite, Texas) notched his first collegiate hit with a slow dribbler to the left side of the infield and beat the throw to first in the third inning. Matthew Celentano (Keller, Texas) took the mound for Dallas in the bottom of the third. Littwin reached base after being hit by a pitch and later scored on a hit to left center field by Gregersen (8-0). Celentano got a couple of fly outs to get out of the inning. Chapman tacked on two more runs in the fourth to go up 10-0.
Andrew Womack (Vienna, Va.) doubled through the left side in the Dallas sixth, but UD could not get him across. The Panthers put up a three-spot in the bottom of the sixth to expand its lead to 13-0. Mike Gorman homered to lead off the seventh for Chapman. The Panthers added four runs in the seventh to go up 17-0. Nick Goehring (Phoenix, Ariz.) made his season-debut on the day as he came in to pitch in the eighth. Zach Salomon (Oklahoma City, Okla.) picked up his first hit of 2020 after he pinch hit in the ninth inning. Tommy Hall (Shawnee, Kan.) made his collegiate debut on the day as he also pinch hit in the ninth. Jake Schwartz (Geneva, Ill.) made his second appearance on the season with an at bat in the ninth.
Womack had two of the Crusaders three hits and was the only player to notch an extra base hit. Salomon had the other hit for Dallas. Michael Jaquez (Irving, Texas) and Lowe drew the two walks for UD. The Crusaders stranded seven baserunners. Dallas used four pitchers on the day.
Shimabuku paced Chapman with three hits on four trips to the plate with five RBI and a grand slam. Mike Gorman also went deep and secured two hits in the game. Miguel Cebedo picked up three RBI off of two hits as well. The Panthers walked 16 times and only struck out five times. Nick Garcia pitched five innings for Chapman only allowing one hit and one walk along with nine strikeouts. The Panthers used three relivers the rest of the way as they combined for just two hits and one walk down the stretch. Chapman pitching had 12 strikeouts on the day.
Dallas will begin Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play next weekend when Schreiner University visits Irving. Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 12:00 p.m. The series finale is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.