Baseball was the lone bright spot for SEU Athletics over the weekend, sweeping Lubbock Christian University their first series sweep of the semester. Women’s tennis took on and fell to St. Mary’s University in the NCAA South Central Region and softball closed their season against St. Mary’s as well.
SEU baseball (27-18, 15-9 Heartland Conference) hosted Lubbock Christian University (28-18, 13-11 HC) over the weekend featuring a doubleheader on Friday and Saturday.
Freshman pitcher Blake Holub pitched a complete game en route to an 8-0 game 1 win. Holub allowed no runs and struck out seven on his way to earning his first career Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Week award and it was met with an equally efficient offensive outburst. Senior TJ Giselbach led the way with a grand slam in in the fifth inning, pushing the lead to 7-0 to essentially secure the victory.
Game 2 posed a slightly bigger challenge for SEU, losing grasp of the lead for the only time in the series through two innings off of a fielding error. Another home run by Giselbach helped propel SEU to a 12-6 win.
Games 3 and 4 were easy sailing for SEU, winning game 3, 4-0 and game 4, 9-0. Junior Tanner Lawson, senior Juan Cortana and sophomore Jacob McRoberts combined on the afternoon to allow only 10 hits, no runs and 20 strikeouts, giving SEU a much needed end-of-season run.
Tied for second place with St. Mary’s, SEU will close out their regular season against Texas A&M – International in Austin this upcoming weekend, hoping to remain in the top four to advance to the Heartland Conference Tournament the following weekend.
Softball (7-45, 6-24 HC) closed out their season by hosting St. Mary’s (34-21, 20-9 HC) for a three-game series that last Friday through Saturday. SEU was unable to take a game in the series, ending a 2018 season which featured more lessons than wins and they will look to bounce back next season with a crop of experienced returners.
No. 22 women’s tennis (22-5) had their historic season end on the heels of no. 6 St. Mary’s (19-3) in the NCAA Regional tournament. Managing to be down only 2-1 after doubles play, St. Mary’s pulled out three straight wins in singles play to seal the victory at 5-1 and advance to the NCAA Sweet 16.
This past week, men’s golf competed in the Heartland Conference Championship. Although they ranked as high as fourth in the tournament, they were not able to capitalize and finished fifth with junior Hudson Ross earning all-tournament honors.
After placing fourth in the Heartland Conference Tournament, where senior Johany Rivera earned her second all-tournament honors, no. 20 women’s golf managed to land a spot in the NCAA West Region championship tournament. Seeded at no. 9, they join no. 1 Dallas Baptist and no. 8 St. Mary’s as the three Heartland Conference teams to make the tournament.
The tournament will take place in Durango, Colorado from May 7-9.