Monday, March 21, 2011

SEU Battle of the Saints Series

The St. Edwards Hilltoppers baseball team took on the nationally ranked St. Mary’s Rattlers on March 4th in their annual Battle of the Saints series.
St. Edward’s practiced their throwing and fielding before the game while the
Rattlers extended their batting practice. The St. Edward’s baseball team fell behind early three to nothing, but with strong perseverance the Hilltoppers pitched a great inning in the 3rd inning to keep the score at seven to one. The Hilltoppers managed to get a man on base in the bottom of the 3rd, but they did not score a run. The Rattlers’ outfielder Jason Garcia hit a bomb off of st Edwards pitcher, Patrick Scholl, in the top of the 4th inning. The St. Edward’s Hilltoppers would go on to lose nine to three.

The final score of this game was 9-3. St. Mary’s, a top-ranked team, slugged four home runs on their way to the big victory over the St. Edward’s Hilltoppers. Jeff Rohrbach got the starting nod for the Hilltoppers, but lasted only three and a third innings. He gave up eight hits and eight runs, though only four of them were earned. It was his second loss of the season out of four decisions. The Rattlers started Matt Holland who pitched almost the entire game; he pitched 6 and two thirds innings out of 7 possible. He gave up 8 hits as well, but only allowed three of them to score while striking out eight. Holland earned his fifth win of the season and has yet to lose. St. Mary’s four home runs were hit by Reagan Moczygemba, Jason Garcia, Esteban Raygoza, and Greg Hurbst, who can be seen above slugging a solo bomb to left field.

SEU Homecoming Week

St. Edward’s University held its annual homecoming week from February 20th through the 27th, consisting of week-long festivities. Homecoming week was kicked off with the appropriately and cleverly named kickoff party on the 21st, though the dodgeball tournament was held the day before on the 20th. Also on the 21st was the window painting contest for each of the homecoming groups. Shown here is the window that the group, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, painted in the Hunt Hall cafĂ©. Each group consisted of a campus organization trying to win each contest held during homecoming week.
            Some of the contests were the ice cream eating contest, jingle contest, and a dodgeball tournament, with the Hilltop Leadership Development taking home the top prize over the St. Edward’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The festivities included a huge setup in the middle of campus in front of the Ragsdale building. The setup included a tent with a table underneath and balloons to decorate. Free refreshments were offered to all students. Also in front of Ragsdale was a giant inflatable Hilltopper, representing the school mascot, topper, with his thumbs raised. But perhaps the biggest crowd attracting event was the Men’s basketball game against University of Texas Permian Basin. The Hilltoppers led by as many as 17, but squandered the lead by the end of the game. The game was a thrilling game with the score tight close to the end of regulation, and so the game went to the first of two overtimes. Then UT Permian Basin relied on St. Edward’s rotten luck with Elijah Jordan draining a half court shot at the buzzer to stun the Hilltoppers, 96-95.
“It was unlike anything I have ever seen,” said Sammy Bissett, a spectator at the basketball game. “He was a foot behind the half court line and the crowd was stunned. Everyone in the building had their hands on their head or over their face.”
            The Hilltoppers’ Shimeek Johnson (Albany, NY) scored a career high 30 in the double overtime thriller and lead the Toppers to a large lead in the second half. But through determination the University of Texas Permian Basin came back and tied the game with seconds to go in regulation.