Student-athletes far from taking rest during break

While the rest of St. Edward’s students were off on vacation for Easter Break, student athletes were far from it, spending the past week and weekend competing.

Dating back to the March 26, men’s golf started off the week for SEU athletics at the St. Edward’s Invitational at Onion Creek Country Club. When it was all said and done the following day, the team finished in second place, highest among all other Heartland Conference teams that came down to Austin.

Leading the way for SEU was junior Hudson Ross, who became just the first SEU player to win an individual event since the 2016-17 season. His efforts, combined with freshman Jared Bray’s third place finish, helped St. Edward’s fall only one stroke short of first place.

Also on March 27, SEU Softball (3-31, 3-15 HC) took a short trip down to San Antonio for a Battle of the Saints matchup against St. Mary’s (27-12, 15-2 HC). Both games went to St. Mary’s with SMU jumping to a 2-0 lead in game one before conceding a solo home run to sophomore infielder Karolina Rodriguez late in the game, managing to hold off any more runs and preserving the 2-1 victory. Game two saw St. Mary’s jump to a quick 5-0 lead before Rodriguez hit her second home run of the day, cutting the lead to 5-3. However, the comeback bid would be shut down quickly, with St. Mary’s scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the game 7-3.

In tennis, both men and women faced off against Midwestern State on March 29 in Austin, with both teams falling short.

On the men’s behalf, a 1-2 doubles match deficit would be too hard to bounce back from, losing four of six singles matches to lose by a match score of 3-6.

The no. 20 women’s team would not find luck either, falling back three matches after doubles play and losing the first two singles matches. The 5-0 mark clinched the victory for Midwestern State before SEU would go off to win the final four singles matches, one of which came from the racket of junior Elisa Guillen, extending to her singles match win streak to 18 matches.

Rounding out the final action for SEU athletics over the break would be baseball, who faced off against University of Arkansas – Fort Smith with double headers on Friday and Saturday. The team fell short in all but one game. Game one showed promise before a walk-off RBI single from UAFS (20-8, 6-2 HC) took the game from SEU (15-14, 3-5 HC) 3-2. Game three, SEU’s lone victory of the weekend came in blowout fashion with an 11-2 victory, avoiding the sweep.