Belton, TX – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team could
not overcome a seven-run seventh inning as the Cru fell to Texas
Wesleyan 11-6 in the 2013 season opener Monday evening in Belton. The Rams improve to 6-3 on the year with the win while UMHB moves to 0-1 on the season.
The Cru took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on Chris Florack's RBI double and Seth Mogavero's RBI groundout. Texas Wesleyan tied the game with two in the top of the fourth. Zack Whiddon's two-run triple put UMHB up 4-2 in the bottom of that frame. The Rams cut it to 4-3 with an unearned run in the top of the sixth before exploding in the seventh. TWU took advantage of three errors, four wild pitches and two walks to put together the seven-run rally. The Rams added a run in the ninth to make it 11-4 before Florack singled home a run and Chase Burrow scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to cut it to the final margin.
Whiddon and Drake Shukanes had two hits apiece to lead the Cru. Nick Bergmann took the loss after giving up four unearned runs in the seventh. UMHB used seven pitchers in the game. Jacob Lyons picked up the win after scattering two unearned runs and four hits over three innings. Henry Yates was 3-3 at the plate for the Rams.
The Cru will return to action with a 6:00 PM single game against Hendrix College on Friday. That game will open a three-game weekend series between the two teams.