UMHB baseball’s series win over Howard Payne closes regular season, propels Cru into ASC Tournament

BELTON- There are times when moments in sports seem to play out in exactly the way they should happen. 

In the ninth inning of Saturday’s regular season finale against Howard Payne, Cayden Musgrove was called on to pitch. It was not an opportunity he had been expecting. After all, the Arizona native had gone 39 games without seeing the field. But in the final inning of the last home game of the 2022 season, UMHB head coach Mike Stawski decided to change that. 

Photo Gallery: UMHB Baseball vs. Howard Payne University

BELTON-On the final weekend of the season, the CRU took the series 2-1, defeating Howard Payne. In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, UMHB lost 9-6, but then won the second, 11-4. UMHB was led by Carson Hagan, who had three hits and three RBIs in the second game, as well as starting pitcher Rahul Champaneri, who allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings.

True To The Cru’s Luke Zayas was there to capture the shots of Saturday’s games. Here are some of the best field-level photos from the final games of the 2022 regular season:

Power-hitting Malek Bolin enters final home games of his college career looking to leave a lasting impact on UMHB baseball

BELTON- The UMHB baseball program that Malek Bolin entered prior to the 2018 season does not look nearly the same five years later. 

For the fifth-year senior, nobody from his freshman class remains on the roster. A new coaching staff, led by Mike Stawski, came from Concordia-Chicago in 2020. And for the first time in his collegiate career, the Fort Worth native enters the final weekend of the regular season as the conference leader in home runs.

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