Jaguars suffer first tournament loss
FRESNO, Calif. - The University of Houston-Victoria has been able to overcome deficits, but the Jaguars couldn't do it against Point Loma Nazarene.
UHV spotted the Sea Lions a 4-0 lead and dropped a 10-7 decision in a NAIA Championship Tournament game on Wednesday at FPU Field.
The Jaguars (33-21) were seeking their third straight win in the tournament after Broc Haymon pitched a five-hitter in a 5-0 victory over top seed British Columbia late Tuesday night.
But after UHV pulled with 6-4 in the fifth inning, Point Loma Nazarene (37-18-1) scored four runs in the top of the eighth to put the game away.
The Jaguars will play an elimination game on Thursday at 1 p.m. CDT against the winner of Wednesday night's late game between British Columbia and Fresno Pacific.
If UHV wins, it will play Point Loma Nazarene on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The Jaguars would have to beat Point Loma Nazarene twice to win the tournament championship and advance to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho on May 28.
Austin Kent went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and Ryan Gilbert went 2-for-3 with a double and scored two runs.
UHV starter Bobby Gomez was tagged for four runs and five hits in two innings, and reliever Daniel Lopez surrendered five runs in 5.1 innings.
Haymon struck out 12 and walked six to lead the Jaguars to their second win Tuesday.
Haymon allowed only three runners to reach third base, including the top of the ninth when he walked the bases loaded before escaping the jam.
Joey Briones went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run double in the fourth inning for the Jaguars. Josh Bromberg and Austin Kent each had two hits.
UHV 5, British Columbia 0
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Eric Brown, Taylor King (5), David Otterman (8), Miles Verweel (9) and Greg Densem. Broc Haymon and Jose Quintanilla. W: Haymon (6-2). L: Brown. Highlights: (UHV) Joey Briones 2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI; Austin Kent 2-for-5; Josh Bromberg 2-for-4; David Baker 1-for-3, RBI.
Point Loma Nazarene 10, UHV 7
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UHV 001 030 003 - 7 8 2
Brandon Dixon, Josh Dexheimer (9), Maurice Wilhelm (9) and Alec Martinez. Bobby Gomez, Daniel Lopez (3), Darrel Stevens (8), Casey Newman (8), Chase Graves (9) and Jose Quintanilla. W: Dixon. L: Gomez (5-4). Highlights: (PLN) Tyler Kuehl 3-for-6, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Rashad Taylor 2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI. (UHV) Austin Kent 2-for-4, solo HR, 2 R; Ryan Gilbert 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Jerrod Dugas 1-for-3, 2B, R. Records: PLN (37-18-1); UHV (33-21).