It was a thrilling weekend in UMHB athletics, with a number of different sports in action across the Lone Star State. Here is a look at some of the biggest numbers from the weekend that was.
The number of runs scored in the eighth inning by UMHB baseball in its first win of the season over Howard Payne on Friday night, as the Cru won, 11-5. HPU led 4-3 entering the bottom of the eighth, but UMHB tallied four hits and took advantage of three errors as 13 batters stepped to the plate. Five different Crusaders recorded two hits in the win.
The total number of swept matches for UMHB beach volleyball on the weekend, all coming against Ottawa University (Kansas) in Belton. Playing at home for the first time this season, the Cru extended its win streak to four matches, after taking down ETBU 4-1 a week ago. Next up is the UMHBeach Tournament this coming week. UMHB will play a range of opponents, from NAIA Oklahoma Wesleyan to D-I Louisiana-Monroe. They will play five matches in two days.
Runs allowed in the circle for UMHB softball’s Kami Flores this weekend, who pitched exceptionally well in both of the Cru’s wins at Howard Payne on Saturday. In a series sweep of the Yellow Jackets, Flores did not start either game on Saturday, but fired 5.1 innings of scoreless relief in the 8-4 win. She came back later in the afternoon with four more innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two base runners. On the year, Flores is 5-0 in the circle, with a 1.15 ERA.
Consecutive wins for UMHB men’s tennis, including two within the last week at ETBU and LeTourneau. At ETBU on Saturday, who was picked No. 2 in the East Division in the ASC’s Preseason Poll, the Cru prevailed, 6-3, going 4-2 in single action and 2-1 in doubles play. They won 5 out of 6 in singles play the previous day, beating LeTourneau, 7-2.
The days between UMHB women’s tennis’ last 9-0 sweep of an opponent, on March 26, 2022, and the Cru’s sweep of LeTourneau on Friday in Longview. No match in singles play went to three sets, and Erin Kittredge, Abby Faggard, and Emily Higgs each swept their second set in singles play.
Points scored by UMHB men’s basketball’s Josiah Johnson against ETBU, who swished a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired on Saturday night, sending the Cru to the Sweet 16 in the D-III NCAA Tournament. Johnson has double digits in points in 26 of UMHB’s 27 games this season. For more on the game, check out our recent men’s basketball coverage here.