Jaguars stay ranked, win two in Houston
University of Houston-Victoria softball coach Keri Lambeth says, "It takes success to breed success."
Well, the Jaguars' continued success was apparent Tuesday when they were ranked No. 15 in the first regular season National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics softball poll.
The Jaguars opened the pre-season ranked No. 13 NAIA poll, which was mostly based on last year's results when they won their first conference title and made their first appearance in the National Tournament.
However, this year's UHV team has struggled at times, especially against ranked teams, losing two close games to No. 3 Lubbock Christian, a pair of one-run games to No. 10 Simon Fraser and losing to No. 25 Mobile and No. 33 Campbellsville.
But, the Jaguars also have played and beaten several Division I programs, which combined with their close losses to ranked teams, gives them a strong strength of schedule.
"I think the poll just shows the tradition we've built," Lambeth said.
The coach also said this ranking gives her current team something to build on.
"This ranking is for this team," Lambeth said. "We can only get better from here."
The Lady Jaguars have been ranked or received votes every week of their existence, except one. That exception was the preseason poll of the team's first year in existence.
UHV also was ranked No. 2 in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference. Simon Fraser was ranked No. 1.
Jaguars win two in Houston
HOUSTON - Pitchers Tasha Rotramel and Baylea Wagener powered UHV to a doubleheader sweep Tuesday over Texas Southern University.
Rotramel and Wagener each pitched complete games for the Jaguars, who improved to 18-10 with the sweep.
In the first game, Courtney Pettit pushed the Jaguars to a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI double, scoring Bre'Neka O'Bryant. UHV scored another run in the third, but broke open the game with a two-run seventh. Pettit doubled and scored on a triple by Araceli Galindo, who scored on an error on the shortstop.
Wagener (6-1)got the win by limiting the Tigers to one run on four hits, the only blemish being a solo homer in the second inning by Tenesha Skrine.
UHV's offense had 12 hits in the second game to back the pitching of Rotramel (8-7).
Allison Hinton nearly hit for the triple, with a single, double and home run. She had 2 RBI. Izzy Glowney went 3-for-4 and Brittany Boren went 2-for-4.
Former El Campo star Danille Smith started in right field in Game 2 for the Tigers, and went 0-for-2.
UHV 4, Texas Southern 1
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Baylea Wagener and Brittany Faas. Rebecca Villarreal, Ashley Ramirez (6) and Ariel Arredondo. WP: Wagener. LP: Villareal: Highlights: UHV: Courtney Pettit 2-for-4, 2 2B RBI; Izzy Glowney SB, R; Brittany Boren 1-for-3, SB; Araceli Galindo 1-for-4, 3B, R, RBI; Kori Kocian 1-for-3; Claire McGee 1-for-3; Wagener 7 IP, 4H, 1ER, 4K. TSU: Tenesha Skrine 1-for-3 RBI; Latrece Shello 1-for-2. Records: UHV 17-10; TSU: 9-10
UHV 5, Texas Southern 2
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TSU 000 001 1 - 1 6 3
Tasha Rotramel and Brittany Faas. Ashley Ramirez, Victoria Venya (3) and Ariel Arredondo. WP: Rotramel. LP: Ramirez. Highlights:UHV: Izzy Glowney 3-for-4, R; Allison Hinton 3-for-4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 2R; Araceli Galindo 1-for-3; Brittany Boren 2-for-4, R; Claire McGee 1-for-3; Brittany Parker 1-for-3, R; Rotramel 7IP, 2 ER, 4K.TSU: Tenesha Skrine 1-for-2, RBI; Arrendondo 1-for-1; April White 1-for-2 RBI; Danielle Smith 0-for-2. Records: UHV 18-10; TSU 9-11.