MARSHALL, Texas- They took on a valiant fight, a fight no Crusader baseball team had taken on before, and while in the end, it ended in a loss, what this year’s UMHB baseball team accomplished will set a standard for years to come.
MARSHALL, Texas- A day that began with one of the UMHB baseball team’s most lopsided losses of the season ended in a run-rule victory for the Cru, simultaneously breaking the program record for postseason wins.
MARSHALL, Texas- It took a late rally, but the UMHB baseball team, for the second consecutive year, has a victory under its belt at the ASC Tournament.
On Friday afternoon, the Crusaders took down McMurry, a team that had beaten UMHB twice in February, by a score of 11-7. UMHB now advances into Saturday’s tournament semifinal, with the winner earning a spot in the ASC’s Blue Bracket championship.
BELTON- Caimyn Holiday is certainly one of the most recognizable figures on the UMHB baseball team.
His quickness has been spoken of time and time again. When he reaches first base, sometimes on a bunt single, other times on a hard-hit ball to the left side of the infield, fans begin drifting their gazes towards second. Because more often than not…
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.
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:
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.
ALPINE, Texas- Rahul Champaneri has experienced ups and downs through his return to the mound in 2022. But Saturday’s performance was certainly one to remember.
BELTON- After losing last Thursday’s duel at LeTourneau in extra innings, the UMHB baseball team made sure it did not let another tight one slip away.
LONGVIEW- Tried and tested on a short week, the UMHB baseball team dropped a road series at LeTourneau, but managed to rally for a game three victory, doing enough to remain in fourth place in the ASC standings with an even 12-12 record.