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Baseball falls in three-game series against LCU

The baseball team lost a three-game series against Louisiana Christian University (LCU) this weekend on the road. The Saints drop to 18-13 overall and 10-5 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Wildcats jump to 19-7 overall and 12-3 in RRAC play.

Head Coach Matt Piker commented, “This was a tough weekend for our men. We had some great individual performances, but, collectively, we need to improve and find a way to get better. I still firmly believe this group is capable of accomplishing our goals for the season. We have to handle our business and focus on the things we can control.”

The Saints were 2-1 against the Wildcats prior to the series.

Game one
The Saints held the Wildcats scoreless in the first game of the series. OLLU took an early lead in the first inning when Jacob Montejano walked with bases loaded to score Tyler Vivier. Jackson Kalisky singled in the fifth inning to bring in one run and Montejano hit a solo home run in the sixth frame. Joshua Mendez pitched a complete game and earned the win after allowing only three hits while striking out five. Montejano finished with two RBIs and the Saints didn’t commit any errors in the 3-0 victory.

Game two
The Saints struggled in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday. They scored in the first inning again but ended up allowing seven unanswered runs. The Saints lone run came from a double by Francisco Martinez that scored Caimyn Holiday. Starting pitcher Javier De Alejandro suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs in 2.1 innings of work. Matthew Sanchez pitched the final 5.2 innings and gave up one earned run. Holiday finished with a multi-hit game. OLLU lost 7-1 heading into the series finale on Sunday.

Game three
The Wildcats offense scored 11 runs in the last contest of the three-game set. They scored eight total runs in the first four innings and the Saints were unable to catch up. OLLU scored four runs in the seventh inning with home runs from Kalisky and Rodriguez. Holiday helped bring the fourth run home on a ground out that scored Jimmy Valle. The Saints added one more run in the ninth inning in the 11-5 defeat. Ram Maldonado took the loss after giving up four earned runs in less than a full inning of work.

Up next
The Saints head to Hawkins, Texas, to face Jarvis Christian University in a three-game series starting on Friday. 

Men’s basketball falters in final minutes against LCU

The men’s basketball team struggled in the second half and lost 78-75 against Louisiana Christian University (LCU) on Saturday. The Saints drop to 13-11 overall and 8-8 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Wildcats improve to 8-14 overall and 4-10 in RRAC competition.

Head Coach Chris Dial said, “In a two week span we have been the highest ranked and lost to the lowest ranked team in the conference. That inconsistency is a testimony to our immaturity overall. We have four games left and need to refocus and improve. There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves.”

The Saints were 1-1 against the Wildcats prior to the game.

The Saints came out firing in the first half. They shot 51.7 percent from the field and hit 5-of-12 three-pointers. They forced eight turnovers by the Wildcats and grabbed 19 rebounds. Ruben Monzon and Tommie Law had double-digit points as the Saints took an eight-point lead into the locker room.

OLLU led for most of the second half, but the Wildcats used a late surge to earn the win. The Wildcats took the lead with just over two minutes remaining. They stayed disciplined from the free-throw line and won 77-70. The Saints sit in fifth place in conference with four games remaining.

Offensive/defensive standouts
Monzon led the Saints with 20 points. Monzon also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Rob Gil had four assists.

K.J. Bilbo led LCU with 15 points. Jude Akabueze grabbed a team-high 16 rebounds and added 11 points for a double-double. Ferontay Banks finished with five assists.

Inside the box
OLLU combined for 27-of-53 shooting for 50.9 percent, 6-of-17 from three-point range for 35.3 percent and 15-of-21 from the free-throw line for 71.4 percent. LCU shot 25-of-74 for 33.8 percent, 7-of-28 three pointers for 25 percent and 21-of-28 from the free-throw line for 75 percent.

The Saints grabbed 32 rebounds while the Wildcats collected 49.

Up next
The Saints face Paul Quinn College at home on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball outlasted by LCU 77-70

The women’s basketball team lost a high-scoring affair against Louisiana Christian University (LCU) 77-70 on Saturday. The Saints fall to 13-10 overall and 10-6 in the RRAC. The Lady Wildcats jump to 12-9 overall and 9-5 in RRAC play.

Head Coach Tanya Ray commented, “I thought we gave a good effort today but mental mistakes defensively and a lot of easy missed layups hurt us throughout the course of the game. We did a poor job of keeping them off the glass and they were able to get second and third opportunities to score.”

The Saints were 2-1 against the Lady Wildcats prior to the game.

The first half had multiple lead changes as both teams shot under 40 percent from the field. The Saints were unable to hit a three-point shot on 11 attempts but only trailed by four points at halftime. Makayla White and Natalia Trevino had eight points each in the first half.

The offense picked up in the second half. The Saints shot over 60 percent from the field and hit 6-of-9 three-point shots. The Lady Wildcats shot 53.3 percent from the field and were able to grab more rebounds. LCU also hit more free throws in the second half, which ended up propelling them to a seven-point victory.

Offensive/defensive standouts
Tiffany Lopez and Trevino led the Saints with 17 points each. Lopez added 10 rebounds to earn a double-double. Trevino finished with seven assists.

Paola Abad Prieto led LCU with 19 points. Miya McKinney grabbed 13 rebounds and had 18 points for a double-double. Noa Fernandez Fuentes finished with nine assists.

Inside the box
OLLU combined for 29-of-66 shooting for 43.9 percent, 6-of-20 from three-point range for 30 percent and 6-of-10 from the three-throw line for 60 percent. LCU shot 30-of-68 for 44.1 percent, 9-of-24 three pointers for 37.5 percent and 8-of-11 from the free-throw line for 72.7 percent.

The Saints grabbed 29 rebounds while Xavier collected 42.

Up next
The Saints host Texas A&M University-Texarkana on Saturday at 2 p.m.