Baseballers hit 20-win mark

The UTD baseball team eclipsed the 20-win mark, going 7-1 in its last eight games thanks to several impressive individual and team performances.

During that span, the Comets went on a six-game win streak – their second longest of the season – and improved to 20-3, 7-2 in the conference.

The team started this stretch with a March 19 pounding of LeTourneau during which they picked up 15 hits en route to a 14-4 win.

The next day, the Comets split a doubleheader with LeTourneau, losing the first game, 5-4, and bouncing back in the second game to win, 13-8.

In the first game, the Comets held a 4-2 lead entering the bottom of the seventh but LeTourneau picked up three runs off of three hits to rally for the victory.

The team struck back in the second game, roughing up LeTourneau pitching for 16 hits. Senior second baseman Matt Endsley went 4-5 with a home run and four runs scored while junior shortstop Johnny Espree was 3-4 with a double.

The team then took a break from conference play to face Hamline on March 23, sweeping the Pipers in a doubleheader.

The opener saw both freshman Frederick Schurr and sophomore Randy Black combine for

nine total strikeouts in their 7-4 victory.

In the second game, senior Joseph Wollscheid pitched a complete game one-hitter, allowing only a single with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. The Comets won the game, 4-0.

The Comets returned to conference play March 26-27 and picked up three wins against East Texas Baptist.

In game one, the team had 21 hits while Espree hit two homeruns and drove in eight RBIs in a 19-9 shelling of the Tigers.

Saturday’s opener saw a complete game shutout from senior Tony Adler and a 3-for-4 performance at the plate by senior outfielder Caleb Chandler that lead to a 5-0 win.

Adler improved his team-leading ERA to 0.59 with the win.

The series finale saw a pitching duel that went into extra innings as Gordon Walters tossed a two-hitter in the 1-0 victory.

A Tiger error and a hit batter allowed junior outfielder Fielding Lewis to deliver the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

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