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Baseball concludes season with loss to University of Houston-Victoria

The No. 3-seed OLLU baseball team fell to No. 8-seed University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) in the consolation bracket of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Baseball Tournament to end the 2022 season. The Saints finish 31-24 overall while the Jaguars improve to 22-25.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney commented, “I’m very proud of this team. We faced a lot of adversity this season, and from how things started out to where we went this group continued to work. This was our third 30-win season in a row. We didn’t finish how we wanted, but we rolled with some young players and this experience will pay off for them. Our seniors continued to believe and give us their all every day. They took pride in being a Saint and have taken our program to another level. I love each and every one of them. Now it’s our returners turn to carry the torch.”

History

The Saints were 23-13 against the Jaguars prior to the game.

Basics

The Jaguars strung together five runs in the first six innings. The Saints were able to score their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Jarod Smith (FR/Baytown, Texas) singled to score Matthew Klar (SR/San Antonio, Texas). Houston-Victoria added two more runs in the seventh inning on a walk and a fielder’s choice. Despite being down 7-1, the Saints battled back. They scored four runs in the bottom of the frame to cut the Jaguars lead to two. The scoring started when Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) walked with bases loaded to allow Sebastian Ledezma (FR/Los Fresnos, Texas) to score. Klar hit a two-run double to left field and Jimmy Valle (FR/San Antonio, Texas) later scored on a Francisco Martinez (FR/San Antonio, Texas) ground out. Houston-Victoria’s offense carried its momentum into the top of the eighth inning by scoring 12 runs. The Saints lost 19-5 to end the 2022 campaign.

Starting pitcher Javier De Alejandro (FR/San Antonio, Texas) suffered the loss after allowing three earned runs with five strikeouts in three innings of work. The Saints used six relief pitchers that combined to allow 15 earned runs. Robert Arredondo (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas), Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Klar all had a multi-hit game.

Several Saints receive All-Conference Honors

Baseball’s Brandon Betancourt was selected Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Freshman of the Year, while four other members of the Saints team were selected to the All-Conference Team.

The conference’s coaches made the selections on the eve of the RRAC championship tournament, and the awards were presented between games at Sterlington Sports Complex on May 6.

2022 RRAC Baseball All-Conference Team

OLLU placed three players on the first team, including repeat first-team winners Jacob Mitchell and Brett Vasquez, as well as Robert Arredondo. Receiving Gold Glove recognition was Jacob Montejano, who also was the team’s Champions of Character winner.

Betancourt shares his Freshman of the Year Award with LSU-Alexandria’s William Vice. Betancourt, an outfielder, batted .386 in his first college season and drove in 19 runs.

Jacob Mitchell led the team in runs with 47, hits with 54, doubles with 17, homers with 11, RBIs with 49 and slugging with .741. He has a .378 batting average and a .497 on-base percentage.

Robert Arredondo leads the team in at-bats with 170, and he has the second-most hits with 52 and is tied with the most walks with 35. He is batting .306 and has an on-base percentage of .428 and a slugging percentage of .359.

Jacob Montejano has 48 runs, 42 hits, 10 doubles, 20 RBIs, 35 walks, a .457 on-base percentage and a .426 slugging percentage. He has 55 putouts, 89 assists and 13 double plays. 

Brett Vasquez has pitched in 84 innings and has 27 earned runs with 129 strikeouts. His ERA is .289.

Baseball takes two of three against Xavier

The baseball team won two of three games against Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA). The Saints improve to 17-10 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) and 24-20 overall. XULA moves to 12-14 in the RRAC and 16-19 overall.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney said, “We bounced back today after a hard-fought game one on Friday night. It was great to see our guys respond today. We pitched well in all three games. Today, we got the bats going as well. I was pleased with our efforts in controlling our emotions and handling our business in a tough place to play.”

History

This is the first time the teams have played each other, and it’s the first season for XULA as members of the RRAC.


Game One, 1-2

Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas) started for the Saints in the series opener on Friday. He went six innings and allowed two runs while striking out seven. Joshua Mendez closed out the game after pitching two innings and striking out three.

After a homer from Deionte Norris, the Gold Rush put the first run on the board in the second inning. XULA added its second and final run in the third inning. Mark Herron singled to the infield, and CoCo Simoneaux came home to score.

The Saints scored their only run in the seventh inning off a sacrifice fly from Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) that scored Christian Martinez (FR/Corpus Christi, Texas). The Saints had chances in the eighth inning with bases loaded, but a double play ended their opportunity. In the ninth inning, another double play prevented the Saints from scoring, resulting in the 2-1 loss.

Mitchell went 1-for-3 and had one RBI. Martinez had a double on his 1-for-4 outing.


Game Two, 8-1

Trey Ramirez III (SR/Donna, Texas) pitched the seven-inning game and logged six strikeouts to earn the win for the Saints.

In the first inning, Mitchell hit a double for the Saints, scoring Robert Arredondo (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas), who got on base on an error by the shortstop.

Neither team had any hits through the fifth inning. Jonathan LaCourse (SO/San Antonio, Texas) singled to the outfield, and Tyler Vivier (SO/San Antonio, Texas) came home to give the Saints the 2-0 lead.

The Saints added five runs in the sixth inning. Mitchell started the rally with a homer, and Francisco Martinez (FR/San Antonio, Texas) followed with one of his own. Noah Rodriguez (JR/Victoria, Texas) reached base on an infield hit, and a double from Matthew Klar (JR/San Antonio, Texas) sent him home. Christian Martinez doubled to score Klar, and a fielder’s choice from Arredondo sent Martinez home. The Saints took the 7-0 lead.

XULA added a run to end the sixth inning on a home run from Zachary Elias.

Rodriguez slammed a triple to center field, scoring on a hit from Klar. The Saints won 8-1.

Mitchell, Rodriguez, Klar and LaCourse each had two hits. Rodriguez logged two runs, while Mitchell and Klar and two RBIs.


Game Three, 9-0

Jacob Mitchell started on the mound for the Saints. He went five innings and struck out seven to earn the win. Joshua Mendez (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas) pitched two innings and struck out four, while Ziegan Farley also pitched two.

Mitchell started the offense in the first inning with a hit down the right side of the field. A hit from Francisco Martinez scored Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas). A single to the outfield from Noah Rodriguez scored Mitchell to give the Saints the 2-0 lead.  

With Montejano on base, Mitchell doubled to send him home. Matthew Klar homered to score Mitchell, and the Saints took a 5-0 lead.

Mitchell continued his dominance on offense with a homer in the fifth to move the Saints to 6-0.

Arredondo hit a triple to being the seventh frame, and he scored on a passed ball, and the Saints now led 7-0.

Rodriguez hit a double in the final inning, and he came home on a double from Klar. Klar then scored after a wild pitch. The Saints won 9-0.

Mitchell went 3-for-4, adding three runs and two RBIs. Rodriguez and Klar each had two hits, with Klar recording three RBIs.


Series standouts

Jacob Mitchell went 6-for-11, with two doubles, two home runs, two additional runs and five RBIs. Mitchell is third in the conference in RBIs with 46 and is second in home runs with 10.

Matthew Klar went 5-for-12, with two doubles, three runs, a home run and five RBIs.

Noah Rodriguez went 4-for-7, with three runs, an RBI, a double and a triple.

Brett Vasquez has accumulated 99 strikeouts after adding seven this weekend – good enough for second place in the conference. He is fourth in ERA at 3.29.


What’s next

The Saints will travel to Hobbs, N.M., for a three-game RRAC series on April 22-23.

Saints take two of three against conference newcomer Xavier Baseball – Sat, Apr. 16, 2022 at 7:10 PM
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NEW ORLEANS (April 15-16, 2022) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) baseball team won two of three games against Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA). The Saints improve to 17-10 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) and 24-20 overall. XULA moves to 12-14 in the RRAC and 16-19 overall.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney said, “We bounced back today after a hard-fought game one on Friday night. It was great to see our guys respond today. We pitched well in all three games. Today, we got the bats going as well. I was pleased with our efforts in controlling our emotions and handling our business in a tough place to play.”

History

This is the first time the teams have played each other, and it’s the first season for XULA as members of the RRAC.


Game One, 1-2

Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas) started for the Saints in the series opener on Friday. He went six innings and allowed two runs while striking out seven. Joshua Mendez closed out the game after pitching two innings and striking out three.

After a homer from Deionte Norris, the Gold Rush put the first run on the board in the second inning. XULA added its second and final run in the third inning. Mark Herron singled to the infield, and CoCo Simoneaux came home to score.

The Saints scored their only run in the seventh inning off a sacrifice fly from Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) that scored Christian Martinez (FR/Corpus Christi, Texas). The Saints had chances in the eighth inning with bases loaded, but a double play ended their opportunity. In the ninth inning, another double play prevented the Saints from scoring, resulting in the 2-1 loss.

Mitchell went 1-for-3 and had one RBI. Martinez had a double on his 1-for-4 outing.


Game Two, 8-1

Trey Ramirez III (SR/Donna, Texas) pitched the seven-inning game and logged six strikeouts to earn the win for the Saints.

In the first inning, Mitchell hit a double for the Saints, scoring Robert Arredondo (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas), who got on base on an error by the shortstop.

Neither team had any hits through the fifth inning. Jonathan LaCourse (SO/San Antonio, Texas) singled to the outfield, and Tyler Vivier (SO/San Antonio, Texas) came home to give the Saints the 2-0 lead.

The Saints added five runs in the sixth inning. Mitchell started the rally with a homer, and Francisco Martinez (FR/San Antonio, Texas) followed with one of his own. Noah Rodriguez (JR/Victoria, Texas) reached base on an infield hit, and a double from Matthew Klar (JR/San Antonio, Texas) sent him home. Christian Martinez doubled to score Klar, and a fielder’s choice from Arredondo sent Martinez home. The Saints took the 7-0 lead.

XULA added a run to end the sixth inning on a home run from Zachary Elias.

Rodriguez slammed a triple to center field, scoring on a hit from Klar. The Saints won 8-1.

Mitchell, Rodriguez, Klar and LaCourse each had two hits. Rodriguez logged two runs, while Mitchell and Klar and two RBIs.


Game Three, 9-0

Jacob Mitchell started on the mound for the Saints. He went five innings and struck out seven to earn the win. Joshua Mendez (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas) pitched two innings and struck out four, while Ziegan Farley also pitched two.

Mitchell started the offense in the first inning with a hit down the right side of the field. A hit from Francisco Martinez scored Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas). A single to the outfield from Noah Rodriguez scored Mitchell to give the Saints the 2-0 lead.  

With Montejano on base, Mitchell doubled to send him home. Matthew Klar homered to score Mitchell, and the Saints took a 5-0 lead.

Mitchell continued his dominance on offense with a homer in the fifth to move the Saints to 6-0.

Arredondo hit a triple to being the seventh frame, and he scored on a passed ball, and the Saints now led 7-0.

Rodriguez hit a double in the final inning, and he came home on a double from Klar. Klar then scored after a wild pitch. The Saints won 9-0.

Mitchell went 3-for-4, adding three runs and two RBIs. Rodriguez and Klar each had two hits, with Klar recording three RBIs.


Series standouts

Jacob Mitchell went 6-for-11, with two doubles, two home runs, two additional runs and five RBIs. Mitchell is third in the conference in RBIs with 46 and is second in home runs with 10.

Matthew Klar went 5-for-12, with two doubles, three runs, a home run and five RBIs.

Noah Rodriguez went 4-for-7, with three runs, an RBI, a double and a triple.

Brett Vasquez has accumulated 99 strikeouts after adding seven this weekend – good enough for second place in the conference. He is fourth in ERA at 3.29.


What’s next

The Saints will travel to Hobbs, N.M., for a three-game RRAC series on April 22-23.

Saints superb pitching leads to sweep of HTU

The baseball team broke a four-game losing streak by sweeping Huston Tillotson University (HTU) this weekend. The Saints jump to 21-19 overall and 14-9 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Rams fall to 9-24 overall and 5-18 in conference.

History

The Saints were 14-2 against the Rams prior to the series.

Game One, 16-0 (7 innings)

In the opening game, the Saints pounded HTU with 16 runs and 15 hits. Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) and Francisco Martinez (FR/San Antonio, Texas) doubled to pick up RBIs in the first inning. Brandon Betancourt (FR/San Antonio, Texas) followed with a single that scored Martinez to total three runs in the first frame. Mitchell picked up two more RBIs in the second inning, and Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas) singled to bring in Jarod Smith (FR/Baytown, Texas). Mitchell would later score on a double steal. The Saints added nine more runs in the third and fourth inning to be up 7-0 after two innings.

Starting pitcher Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas) allowed only three hits and struck out five batters in a win. Devin Benavides (FR/Laredo, Texas) pitched the final two innings on the mound with five strikeouts. Mitchell batted 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Montejano finished with four RBIs.


Game Two, 2-1

The second game of the series was by far the most competitive. The Saints started strong again with two runs in the first inning. Martinez hit an RBI ground out to score Montejano, and Noah Rodriguez (JR/Victoria, Texas) scored Mitchell on an infield single. The Rams cut the Saints’ lead to 2-1 after plating a run in the fourth inning. The Saints pitching held strong and limited HTU to only two hits total. Trey Ramirez III (SR/Donna, Texas) pitched a spectacular six innings with seven strikeouts to pick up the win. Ziegen Farley (FR/San Antonio, Texas) closed the game in the seventh inning to earn the save.

Martinez and Rodriguez were responsible for the Saints’ two RBIs. Montejano batted 2-for-2 with a stolen base.


Game Three, 6-1

The Saints closed the series with a convincing 6-1 victory. OLLU never trailed during the three-game set. Martinez and Mitchell continued their hot hitting at the plate in the first two innings. Martinez put the Saints up 1-0 in the first with another RBI groundout. Mitchell hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Montejano in the second frame. Similar to game two, the Rams cut the Saints’ lead to 2-1 in the eighth inning. OLLU responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to put the game out of reach for the Rams. Martinez picked up a two-RBI ground out to start the inning. Matthew Klar (JR/San Antonio, Texas) walked to bring in Mitchell, and Jarod Smith hit an infield fly that scored Martinez from third.

Mitchell complimented the first two pitching performances with another great game. He pitched 7.1 innings allowing four hits and striking out eight in the win. Joshua Mendez (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas) closed the game with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings.


Up next

The Saints head to New Orleans to play the Xavier University of Louisiana in a three-game series starting on April 15 at 5 p.m.

Baseball hits 10 home runs in three-game sweep of Wiley

The baseball team swept Wiley College (WC) in a three-game series this weekend. The Saints improve to 16-15 overall and 11-6 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Wildcats drop to 1-28-1 overall and 1-17 in conference.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney commented, “Getting a sweep on the road is really solid. We did a good job in all three phases of the game by sticking with our process and staying focused.”

History

The Saints were 9-6 against the Wildcats prior to the series.


Game One, 19-4 (7 innings)

OLLU opened the series with a 19-4 seven-inning run-rule victory on Friday. The game was scoreless until the third inning when the Saints put up five runs. Francisco Martinez (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Brandon Betancourt (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Noah Rodriguez (JR/Victoria, Texas) and Pablo Trevino (FR/San Juan, Texas) all picked up an RBI. Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) put the game out of reach for the Wildcats in the fourth inning with a three-run home run. He added another RBI in the fifth inning that scored Jarod Smith (FR/Baytown, Texas). The Saints closed the final inning with eight runs and totaled 10 hits. Wiley tallied nine hits but were only able to score four runs.

Starting pitcher Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas) pitched five innings with seven strikeouts and one earned run to pick up the win. Alex Garza (SO/Houston, Texas) took over for the final two innings and allowed two earned runs. Mitchell finished with four RBIs and Rodriguez added five.


Game Two, 26-2

The Saints plated a whopping 26 runs in game two on Saturday. They scored multiple runs in every inning besides the fourth. They totaled 18 hits and forced the Wildcats into three errors. Four Saints hit a home run, including a grand slam by Francisco Martinez in the second inning. Six different OLLU players had a multi-RBI game. Starting pitcher Trey Ramirez III (SR/Donna, Texas) pitched just one inning and allowed an earned run. John B. Ortega II (FR/Harlingen, Texas) pitched the following three innings and earned the win after giving up only two hits. Devin Benavides (FR/Laredo, Texas) and Joshua Mendez (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas) also pitched in relief.

Francisco Martinez had two hits to total four RBIs. Matthew Klar (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Mitchell and Betancourt finished with three RBIs each. Jonathan LaCourse (SO/San Antonio, Texas) led the team with five RBIs, which included a two-run home run.


Game Three, 16-1 (7 innings)

The Saints closed the series by scoring 16 runs on 15 hits in another run-rule contest. The Saints scored four runs in the first inning on RBIs by Betancourt and Tyler Vivier (SO/San Antonio, Texas). The other two runs were unearned. Klar and Justin Smith (FR/Beaumont, Texas) both drove in runs on doubles in the second inning to increase the Saints lead to 7-0. The Saints scored nine more runs and allowed Wiley’s lone run in the fifth inning. Javier De Alejandro (FR/San Antonio, Texas) earned the win after pitching in relief of Mitchell for the second through fourth inning. Pablo Montante (SO/San Antonio, Texas), Layne Klostermann (JR/Raymondville, Texas) and Mendez also saw time on the rubber.

Robert Arredondo (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas), Klar and Justin Smith all had a multi-hit game. Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas) joined Klar with three runs scored.


Up next

The Saints host NCAA D3 University of St. Thomas-Houston in a doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 2 p.m.

Baseball wins series against Jarvis Christian College

The baseball team won two games against Jarvis Christian College (JCC) March 19. The Saints are now 13-15 overall and 8-6 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Bulldogs drop to 5-22 overall and 3-11 in conference.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney commented, “I was pleased with how the bats came alive in both games. Trey Ramirez III (SR/Donna, Texas) (SR/Donna, Texas) had a great outing on the mound in game two.”

History

The Saints were 10-13 against the Bulldogs prior to this weekend.


Game One, 13-8

The Saints scored 13 runs on 13 hits in game one against Jarvis. Following a 2-0 deficit in the top of the second inning, OLLU plated three runs in the bottom of the inning and four in the fourth inning. Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas), Brandon Betancourt (FR/San Antonio, Texas), and Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas) all picked up RBIs in the two frames. Mitchell hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning to break open the score to 7-2. The Saints added four more runs in the seventh inning and two in the eighth inning to win 13-8.

Mitchell finished with four RBIs and Betancourt batted 3-for-4. Starting pitcher Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas) struck out nine batters in five innings and picked up the win.


Game Two, 16-3

OLLU continued to score runs at will in the second game. The Bulldogs tallied nine hits but were only able to score three runs. The Saints took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning after Betancourt and Matthew Klar (JR/San Antonio, Texas) recorded RBIs. The Saints scored in every inning but the fifth in the seven-inning affair. Seven Saints players recorded at least one hit and Mitchell hit a grand slam. Francisco Martinez (FR/San Antonio, Texas) batted 2-for-2 and Robert Arredondo (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas) went 2-for-3 at the plate. Ramirez III pitched the entire game and struck out nine batters to earn the win. The Saints won 16-3 backed by 10 hits.


Up next

The Saints travel to Marshall, Texas, to face Wiley College in a three-game series starting on March 25.

Brett Vasquez sets strikeout record as Saints baseball takes series against Louisiana Christian

The baseball team won two of three games against Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) opponent Louisiana Christian University (LCU) this weekend. The Saints are now 9-15 overall and 6-6 in conference. The Wildcats drop to 15-6 overall and 9-3 in the RRAC.


History

This was the first meeting between both programs.


Game One, 3-8

The Saints used a strong seventh-inning surge to take game one. LCU opened the scoring in the third inning with three runs on four hits. The Saints responded in the following inning when Matthew Klar (JR/San Antonio, Texas) scored because of an error, and Tyler Vivier (SO/San Antonio, Texas) doubled to score two runs. The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh inning. Brandon Betancourt (FR/San Antonio, Texas) broke the tie with a double to left field that scored Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas). Vivier and Christian Martinez (FR/Corpus Christi, Texas) also picked up RBIs as part of a five-run frame. The Saints held the Wildcats scoreless in the final two innings and won 8-3, backed by nine hits.

Saints starting pitcher Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas) struck out 15 batters in eight innings of work – the most of his career in a single game. He threw 109 pitches and allowed only five hits. Layne Klostermann (JR/Raymondville, Texas) closed the game for OLLU. Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) and Vivier batted 2-for-3. Vivier also added five RBIs.


Game Two, 6-2

OLLU totaled eight hits in game two but only plated two runs. The Wildcats scored one run in the first, third and fifth inning to lead 3-0. The Saints cut the lead to one after scoring two in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jonathan LaCourse (SO/San Antonio, Texas) doubled to left field to bring in Vivier, and Noah Rodriguez (JR/Victoria, Texas) singled to score Sebastian Ledezma (FR/Los Fresnos, Texas). The Wildcats grew the advantage to two runs after a passed ball scored Nick Brunet in the sixth inning. LCU added two more runs in the seventh inning to win 6-2.

Trey Ramirez III (SR/Donna, Texas) started on the mound for the Saints and allowed four earned runs in 5.1 innings. Mitchell was the only Saint with a multi-hit game.


Game Three, 9-5

The Saints closed the series strong with nine runs on eight hits. They scored six runs in the second inning to lead 6-1, with four players recording at least one RBI. The Wildcats slowly cut the deficit to 6-4 after plating one run in the fifth inning and two in the sixth inning. The Saints scored one run in the sixth, seventh and eighth inning to eventually win 9-5. The Saints used five pitchers who totaled 14 strikeouts.

Klar and Martinez drove in two runs each. Mitchell finished game three with two doubles.


Up next

The Saints welcome Stevens Institute of Technology for a doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m.

Baseball wins third game against Texas A&M-Texarkana in dramatic fashion

The baseball team won one of three games against Texas A&M University – Texarkana (TAMUT) in a Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) series. The Saints are now 7-14 overall and 4-5 in the RRAC, while TAMUT is 13-10 overall and 6-3 in the conference.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney commented, “It was great to see our guys compete for all nine innings in the last game. We had been struggling to do that as of late. We faced adversity in all three games, and we finally responded the way we were capable of doing. We still have things we need to clean up, and hopefully, this gives us a little momentum.”

History

The Saints won a four-game series against TAMUT in 2021, winning 13-10, 18-6 and 6-5 and losing 1-8.


Game One, 2-6

Alec Martinez (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas) started on the mound for the Saints, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs while striking out two to suffer the loss. Trey Ramirez III (SR/Donna, Texas) pitched 5.2 innings and allowed two hits.

Brandon Betancourt (FR/San Antonio, Texas) went 2-for-3 with one run while Jarod Smith (FR/Baytown, Texas) went 2-for-4 with one run. Christian Martinez (FR/Corpus Christi, Texas) and Robert Arredondo (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas) had one RBI each.


Game Two, 3-5

Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas) suffered the loss after pitching all six innings. He struck out 10 and allowed six hits and five runs.

Jarod Smith went 2-for-3 and had one run. Arredondo had two RBIs in the game. Jacob Arriola (SO/San Antonio, Texas) and Christian Martinez scored one run each.


Game Three, 10-9

Ram Maldonado (SR/McAllen, Texas) started on the mound, and after allowing three hits and three runs in the first inning, was replaced by Ziegen FarleyLayne Klostermann (JR/Raymondville, Texas), Guiliano Hernandez (FR/Boerne, Texas), Pablo Montante (SO/San Antonio, Texas) and Joshua Mendez (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas) took turns on the mound. Mendez earned the win after pitching three innings and striking out four.

Arredondo went 2-for-4 scoring two runs and batting in two RBIs. Matthew Klar (JR/San Antonio, Texas) went 2-for-4 with one run and three RBIs. Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) had two RBIs and a home run. Jarod Smith had one run and one RBI. Jacob Arriola had two runs.

The Saints went into the seventh inning trailing 4-9. A hit by Jarod Smith sent D’Artagnan Perez-Padron home. Moving into the eighth inning, trailing 5-9, Mitchell’s home run also scored Arredondo, tightening the game to 7-9. In the ninth inning, with the bases loaded, Arredondo walked scoring Perez-Padron, and a single from Klar to left field scored Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Jarod Smith, giving the Saints a 10-9 lead. The Saints were able to hang on to win the game 10-9.


Up next

The Saints will host Louisiana Christian University March 11-12.

Baseball routs Texas College with 53 runs in two games

The baseball team scored 53 runs against Texas College (TC) in two games this weekend. The Saints won both games and the Steers forfeited the third game. OLLU moves to 6-8 overall and starts Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play at 3-0.

Game One

The Saints won 32-0 in the first game to set the Saints single-game scoring record. The Saints tallied 30 hits and limited the Steers to two. Texas College also had three errors. OLLU scored nine runs in the first inning to take a commanding lead. Seven different players recorded at least one RBI in the inning. The most productive inning for the Saints was in the fourth frame when they plated 12 runs. Starting pitcher Alec Martinez (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas) struck out 12 batters in four innings.

Brandon Betancourt batted 5-for-6, and six Saints players had three RBIs. Francisco Martinez (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Betancourt, Sebastian Ledezma (FR/Los Fresnos, Texas), Pablo Trevino (FR/San Juan, Texas) and Christian Martinez (FR/Corpus Christi, Texas) all hit a triple.

Game Two

OLLU continued scoring at will in the second game. They plated 21 runs on 22 hits. OLLU didn’t allow any runs all series. The Saints scored at least one run in all innings on Saturday. Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas), Javier De Alejandro (FR/San Antonio, Texas) and Pablo Montante (SO/San Antonio, Texas) combined for a no-hitter.

Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) and John Ortega II had three RBIs. Alejandro Ybarra (FR/San Benito, Texas) batted 4-for-4 with a double.

Up next

The Saints visit LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) next weekend for a showdown of two solid RRAC teams. LSUS is ranked No. 10 in the NAIA. The three-game series starting on Feb. 25 will take place in Shreveport, La.

Baseball completes four-game series against Central Methodist

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The baseball team was swept in a four-game series against No. 2-ranked Central Methodist University (CMU) this weekend. The Saints drop to 1-6 overall while the Eagles start the season 4-0.

Game One

The Saints had a tough start to the series against the Eagles. Central Methodist scored 16 runs on 15 hits including four home runs. OLLU’s lone run came in the bottom of the second inning when Matthew Klar (JR/San Antonio, Texas) singled to center field to score Francisco Martinez (FR/San Antonio, Texas). The Saints were held to five hits and left seven runners on base. Alec Martinez (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas) pitched 4.2 innings allowing 10 hits and nine earned runs. The Saints used four relief pitchers that allowed a combined seven runs.

Noah Rodriguez (JR/Victoria, Texas) batted 2-for-3 and Klar tallied the lone RBI. Alex Garza (SO/Houston, Texas) struck out two batters in one inning of work.

Game Two

The Eagles continued scoring at will in the second game of the series. They brought home 12 runs on nine hits with seven players recording at least one RBI. After allowing four runs in the top of the first inning, the Saints responded with three in the bottom of the frame. Tyler Vivier (SO/San Antonio, Texas), Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) and Rodriguez all drove in runs. The Saints had the potential to tie the game, but left the bases loaded. Central Methodist scored three more runs in the top of the second inning and led 7-3 until the sixth inning. Bobby Nichols hit an inside the park home run to grow the Eagles lead to 8-3. The Saints responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning but ended up losing 12-5.

Five different Saints players recorded an RBI. Robert Arredondo (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas) and Francisco Martinez both had two hits.

Game Three

The Saints started the second day of the series with a lead after three innings in game three. After the Eagles had a 1-0 advantage in the third inning, the Saints recorded two runs. Francisco Martinez doubled to center field to score Mitchell and Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas). The Eagles tied the game in the top of the fifth inning and added three more runs in the sixth inning to end up winning 5-2. The Saints had six hits but committed three errors. Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas) had a career-high 11 strikeouts in five innings of work.

Montejano batted 2-for-3 and Francisco Martinez added two RBIs. Pablo Trevino (FR/San Juan, Texas) led the Saints with 11 putouts.

Game Four

The Saints struggled in the series finale. They gave up nine runs on 10 hits and were only able to muster three hits total. OLLU’s two runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Francisco Martinez homered to left field to score Mitchell. Javier De Alejandro (FR/San Antonio, Texas) started on the mound for the Saints and allowed five earned runs in three innings. Ziegen Farley (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Guiliano Hernandez (FR/Boerne, Texas) and Mitchell pitched in relief. Francisco Martinez finished with a team-high two RBIs.

Up next

The Saints welcome Mid America Christian University for a four-game series starting on Feb. 11.

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