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The Week in UMHB Athletics…by the numbers (March 21, 2023)

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Seven different UMHB teams were in action this past week, competing in six different states against a variety of opponents. As usual, we start off the week by examining some of the most notable numbers from the past week in Crusader athletics. 

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Runs scored twice in UMHB baseball’s ASC series win at McMurry this past weekend. The Cru won game one, 13-9, highlighted by a seven-run third inning. After taking a loss in game two, UMHB bounced back with another 13-run performance, scoring seven runs in the first inning in a 13-3 game three victory. 

Photo by Luke Zayas/True To The Cru


Hours with five matches played in two different states for the UMHB beach volleyball team this past weekend, who is 10-7 overall. The Crusaders went 3-0 at the ETBU Beach Classic on Frday, sweeping both Ottawa (KS) and Lynchburg, in addition to a 4-1 win over Oklahoma Wesleyan. Less than 15 hours later, UMHB was in Conway, Arkansas, where head coach Mark Pryor’s team battled Hendrix and Park (MO). This was the second road trip of the season for the team, who has now traveled 737 miles and will return to both Marshall and Conway in the next two weeks. 


Straight games with at least one hit for UMHB softball’s Izzy Gutierrez. The Belton native went 8-for-20 in the Cru’s six games this past week in Marshall, and are now 11-6 overall. Gutierrez has hit safely in every game since March 3, and will look to make it 14 in UMHB softball’s doubleheader at Texas Lutheran on Tuesday night. 

Photo by Russell Marwitz/True To The Cru
Photo by Russell Marwitz/True To The Cru


UMHB men’s basketball closed out the 2022-2023 season with the No. 13 ranking in Monday’s postseason Top 25 poll, jumping four spots from its No. 17 rank at the beginning of the NCAA Tournament. The Cru garnered 327 points from the voters. 


Spots jumped for UMHB men’s golf in the Cru’s first tournament of the spring, as they went from ninth to fifth on the second day of the Texas Cup on Monday, recording a 299. William Sammons finished sixth overall the individual standings and Trey Archer tied for 13th place. As a team, UMHB’s 299 on Tuesday was 13 strokes fewer than its 312 on Monday and gives the Cru some momentum heading into the March 27-28 Wyn Lakes Invitational in Montgomery, AL. 

Photo courtesy of the UMHB Athletics Department
Photo courtesy of the UMHB Athletics Department


Points won by the UMHB men’s tennis team on Tuesday, as the Crusaders recorded a rare 24-0 performance in Orlando, FL, sweeping both UW-La Crosse and Coe College, 9-0. It was the third win of the week for the team, who is now 8-3 overall. It was the third sweep of the season for UMHB’s men’s team.


Victories for the doubles duo of Abbey Faggard and Rebeca Almanza this past week in Orlando. Faggard and Almanza combined for victories over Ohio Northern, UW-La Crosse, and Connecticut College, as the pair helped keep the Cru competitive in all three matches. 

Slide left or right to see more of one photo. Left: Rebeca Almanza. Right: Abbey Faggard. Photos from the UMHB Athletics Department
Photo courtesy of the UMHB Athletics Department


The first perfect 10 in the four-year history of the UMHB Acro & Tumbling program was recorded on Tuesday in the program’s first-ever tri-meet victory at Adrian College in Michigan. The perfect 10 came in Open Pyramid, and UMHB tallied a total of 269.905, taking down both Adrian and Concordia (Wis.). 

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