UHV softball splits doubleheader with Houston Baptist
Sometimes, when a batter hits the sweet spot on the ball, they're the first one to know it's gone.
But on Saturday, the University of Houston-Victoria's Brittany Faas may have been the last person in the stadium to know she'd hit a home run.
"I saw the ball on the ground by (the left fielder's) feet," she said. "I didn't know what was going on."
Her shot to deep left looked like it might fall short, as Houston Baptist's left fielder reached up to make the grab.
But as she collided with the fence, the ball skipped off her glove and over the wall.
Faas stood at second until the umpire let her know she'd hit a home run.
Her longball broke up a no-hitter for HBU's Keely Shuler and cut the lead to 4-1.
The Jaguars would scratch another run across in the inning, but that's all the scoring there was in the second game of a doubleheader with the Huskies.
The loss was harder to swallow because starter Baylea Wagener was pitching well, with HBU scratching out infield singles and scoring on sacrifice flies.
Faas, the catcher, said it's important for her to keep pitchers focused and confident in games like that.
"I just have to tell her to keep doing what she's doing, and eventually the outs will be there."
The tough loss came after a victory in game one, in which the Jaguars won 5-4.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI-double from Courtney Pettit, UHV broke the game open in the second as they pushed four runs across with only one hit.
The Jaguars loaded the bases with two walks and an error.
When Celi Galindo came to the plate with two outs, it looked like she was going to line out to end the inning.
But the soft liner to short bounced off the glove of HBU's Mollye Micak, and with the runner's moving, two came across to score.
Allison Hinton followed that up with a two-run double deep to right-center, giving UHV a 5-0 lead.
The Huskies scored four more runs over the next two innings to make it close, but lefty Emily Bergstrom came in and shut the door, pitching three scoreless innings in relief.
Bergstrom, an El Campo native, cooled off a hot Huskies team which seemed to have figured out Jaguars ace Tasha Rotramel early in the game.
Coming off the Game 1 win, it was a little disappointing for the Jaguars to drop the second game.
"Every time we play them, we split the two games," said Faas, the senior catcher. "We were hoping to finally take two from them."
A win in Game 2 would have also meant an undefeated weekend, after UHV took two from Prairie View A&M on Friday.
HBU's Jaymie Heibel, a former Goliad star, went 1-3 with a run scored in each game of the doubleheader.
UHV is now 26-12 on the season, and will head to Texas College to play two games on Tuesday.
The team's next home game will be a doubleheader against Huston-Tillotson on Saturday at 2 p.m. Saturday will also be senior day for the Jaguars.
UHV's seniors include Faas, Rotramel, Izzy Glowney, Brittany Boren and Claire McGee.
UHV 5, Houston Baptist 4
HBU 002 200 0 - 4 6 3
UHV 140 000 0 - 5 5 0
WP: Tasha Rotramel. LP: Kristi Malpass. S: Emily Bergstrom. Highlights: UHV - Allison Hinton 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Courtney Pettit 1-3, 2B, RBI.
Houston Baptist 4, UHV 2
HBU 210 100 0 - 4 8 0
UHV 000 002 0 - 2 4 0
WP: Keely Shuler. LP: Baylea Wagener. Highlights: UHV - Brittany Faas 1-3, solo HR; Izzy Glowney 1-3, RBI; Brittany Boren 1-3, R. Record: UHV 26-12.