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St Edwards Hilltoppers play long-ball, take two from UT-Permian Basin

Dexter Moreno

From Press Release

AUSTIN, Texas – The Hilltoppers bashed six home runs and tallied 34 hits in a doubleheader sweep of UT-Permian Basin Saturday afternoon at Lucian-Hamilton Field. The Hilltoppers routed the Falcons, 20-8, in game one and took the second contest, 8-0.

In game one, St. Edward’s (31-13, 29-9 HC) struck first. In the first inning, designated hitter Robert Hays drove in the first run on a single to right field. After a Sean Hilbe single through the right side, first baseman Dexter Moreno cleared the bases with a three-run home run over the left field wall.

UT-Permian Basin (30-16, 25-14 HC) came right back with five runs in the top of the second inning. The biggest blow in the inning came on third baseman Tyler Haines’ grand slam to left field.

Not to be outdone, the Hilltoppers opened up a home run barrage of their own in the bottom half of the second inning. Left fielder Bradley Goldsmith got things started with a two-run home run. This was followed up by a monstrous two-run home run by Hays. Moreno finished things off with his second homer of the game. It was a two-run shot, putting St. Edward’s on top, 10-5.

The Falcons countered with another two-run home run in the third inning. This long ball came off the bat of left fielder Logan Forest.

In the home half of the third inning, the offensive explosion continued. After leading off the inning with a single, catcher Adam Wolotira came around to score on an RBI single off the bat of second baseman Drew Cross. Third baseman Brian Thomas followed this up with a two-run single through the left side. Then, after a Hays walk loaded the bases, Hilbe lined a two-run single into right center field. Moreno then proceeded to drive in two more runs with a double to left-center field.

The Hilltopper offense provided more power in the fourth inning. Goldsmith and Cross launched back-to-back solo home runs to get the inning started. Moreno also added an RBI single to put the Hilltoppers on top, 20-7.

The Falcons managed to get another run across the board but it wasn’t enough to top St. Edward’s, who took the game, 20-8. This impressive win also had a historic significance to it. Dexter Moreno’s eight RBI’s are tied for third most in a single game. His 12 total bases are sixth all time. Bradley Goldsmith notched 11 total bases, which place him seventh on the all-time single game record list. For the team as a whole, their six home runs is tied for second all-time. Their 24 hits is tied for fourth all-time. The team’s 44 total bases place it third on the all-time list.

In game two, St. Edward’s got on the board first. Goldsmith led off the game with a walk and proceeded to steal second, advance to third on a throwing error, and score on a ground ball off the bat of Thomas.

In the second inning, the Hilltoppers tacked on three more runs. Goldsmith had an RBI single in the inning and Brian Thomas added an RBI sacrifice fly to right field. They scored another run in the third inning when shortstop Jeremy Houser scored Hays with an infield single.

St. Edward’s added to their lead in the fifth inning. Wolotira produced an RBI sacrifice fly and center fielder Dylan Schuch drove in a run with a single through the left side of the infield to increase the Hilltopper lead to, 7-0.

St. Edward’s tacked on another run in the sixth inning, but the pitching stole the show in this game. Starter Brett Freimel worked five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out two Falcon batters. David Wagner finished off the shutout with two scoreless innings of relief.

The Hilltoppers will be back in action Tuesday as they host Angelo State. The first pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.

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