TLU athletics: Softball, baseball updates
Posted on 2/22/2017 6:06:00 AM.
 
Maitlin Raycroft 
 
After record-breaking no-hitter, Raycroft picks up SCAC Pitcher of the Week award
(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran junior right-hander Maitlin Raycroft was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week after tossing the 15th no-hitter in TLU Softball history and setting the new school mark for strikeouts in a game (18).

Raycroft spun the no-hitter and recorded the 18 strikeouts in the Bulldogs' 10-0 win Sunday afternoon against Huntingdon College (Alab.).

Raycroft's pitching gem capped the Bulldogs' road doubleheader sweep of the Hawks (0-6). TLU won the first game 4-2. After an 0-4 start to the season, the Bulldogs have won four straight to even their record at 4-4. Saturday, TLU swept No. 13 Birmingham Southern 7-5, 4-1 after opening the road trip with losses (10-0, 10-4) to No. 6 Berry College on Friday.

In the no-hitter, Raycroft struck out the side in the first four innings and then struck out the side again in the seventh.

After Huntingdon loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, with a walk and a pair of fielding errors, Raycroft struck out the final two Hawks swinging.

The 18 strikeouts by Raycroft are tied for the third-most in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference history.

Raycroft improved to 2-2 overall. She faced 27 total batters. The Bulldogs made three errors, and Raycroft walked four. The Hawks had two ground-outs against Raycroft. The other out came via a caught stealing.

After starting the season 0-4, TLU is now 4-4 overall. The Bulldogs went 4-2 on the road trip through the South. TLU fell twice to No. 6 Berry (Ga.) but then swept No. 18 Birmingham-Southern and took two from Huntingdon.

TLU is off until March 3 when the Bulldogs host Southwestern University for an SCAC doubleheader at Ed Kruse Stadium - Morck Softball Field.
 
UT Dallas completes three-game series sweep of TLU Baseball
(Seguin) – University of Texas at Dallas completed a three-game road sweep of the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs with 4-1 and 8-4 victories Saturday at Katt-Isbel Field after an 11-7 win in the series opener on Friday.

UT Dallas slugger Barry Casey followed up his four-RBI performance from Friday's win with three RBI over the two games Saturday. In the late game, Casey went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI.

TLU fell to 4-5 overall. UT Dallas improved to 6-1.

Ruben Renteria went six innings for the Comets in game one to improve to 1-0. Renteria allowed just one run and struck out three.

In game two, reliever Cole Hanson tossed five shutout innings and struck out four.

Cameron Wilson had the lone Bulldog RBI in game one, and Thomas Varner drove in a pair of runs in game two. Keaton Boysen had three hits in the late game.

Friday, Casey hit a three-run home run in the sixth to push UTD's lead from 6-3 to 9-3.

Casey drove in four runs. Lead-off hitter Josh Covey collected three hits, a run scored and an RBI.

Connor Scruggs, Luke Richter, Thomas Craig and Isaiah Swann each had two hits. Swann scored twice and drove in two.

Keaton Boysen led the TLU offensive attack with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Boysen doubled, tripled and had a stolen base.

Sami Resendez and Riley Schaefer each drove in a pair of runs for the Bulldogs.

Nathan Malinovsky took the loss for TLU. He struck out six and allowed three earned runs in five innings.

The Bulldogs made six errors in the field that led to three unearned runs.

Jamie Andriot went six innings for his first win of the year. Andriot (1-0) struck out five and allowed five earned run.

The Bulldogs travel to Abilene for a three-game, non-conference series this Friday and Saturday with McMurry University.


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