Warriors Split Weekend Series with Saints

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Midland University took to the diamond in The Lone Star State once again this spring as they traveled to San Antonio to take on Our Lady of the Lake University in a four game series. The games, originally scheduled for Friday-Saturday, were pushed back a day after rain swept through the area most of last week. The Warriors and the Saints split the weekend series with each taking a one game each day. Midland improves to 11-5 on the season while OLLU moves 6-12.

Midland won the opener on Saturday afternoon as they sent senior Torrey Escamilla to the mound. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one earned-run and five hits.

Offensively the Warriors were led by Tanner Bos and Nate Calles, who both drove in a pair of runs. Bos had three hits in the game, including a triple. Calles had a pair of sacrifice flies as Midland won 7-2.

Game two saw a nearly identical score but with the team flipped. OLLU chased started Julius Raval from the game early as they plated three runs in the first. Luke Egging and Andrew Brooks, who both came on in relief for the Warriors, each gave up a pair of runs as well as the Saints won 7-3.

Bos had another RBI in the second game of the series. Buddy Balsino and Matt Anderson also drove in a run for the Warriors who outhit the Saints 6 to 4.

The Saints kept their momentum rolling into Sunday’s first game as they scored the game’s first four runs and held a 4-0 lead heading into the fifth inning. Midland would score four in the top of the inning to tie the game. Matt Abdelnour drove in a pair of the runs on a double off of the Saints relief pitcher.

OLLU would respond with a run of their own to retake the lead. That would prove to be the game-winner as the Saints took game three 5-4. Dakota Cortese suffered the loss for Midland as he worked 4.1 innings allowing all five runs on five hits.

Midland would respond with a 9-2 win in the final game of the weekend to earn the series split. Daylon Owens was on the mound for the Warriors and scattered three hits over the course of 6.0 inning of work. He allowed a pair of earned runs and struck out five.

At the plate Midland broke the scoreless tie in the top of third with a run and then added three more runs in the fourth inning. OLLU would cut the lead in half with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Then in the top of the seventh, Midland erupted for five runs to seal the win.

Billy Brand drove in a pair of runs to lead the charge. Armando Fajardo, Kai Haake and Balsino each had an RBI as well.

Up next for Midland is a road trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Warriors will play a pair of doubleheaders against Mayville State inside US Bank Stadium on March 7th and 8th. First pitch for each set of games is slated for 6:00 a.m. inside the stadium that is home to the Minnesota Vikings and hosted Super Bowl XLII.