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UHV splits doubleheader with Our Lady of the Lake

By Stephen Herzog
Feb. 26, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 25, 2011 at 8:26 p.m.

UHV Jaguars shortstop Ashley Winegeart catches a pop fly during the first game of a doubleheader  against Our Lady of the Lake at Burdge Field on Saturday, as outfielder Kori Kocian looks on.

After a game and a couple innings on Saturday, the mood in the University of Houston-Victoria dugout wasn't so pleasant.

After losing to Our Lady of the Lake in Game 1, 3-2, and trailing 2-1 in the second game, tensions where high.

Then, suddenly, it all got better.

Trailing by a run with two runners on base, head coach Keri Lambeth called on Porsha Ramos to pinch hit.

"I've been talking to Porsha about swinging the bat and being ready if I need her," Lambeth said.

Lambeth said Ramos is a good pitcher, but right now she's needed more as a bat off the bench.

She came through in a big way with a two-out double to give the Jaguars the lead.

And just like that the flood gates opened.

Kellie King followed with a double, Kori Kocian singled, and Courtney Pettit capped it with another two-run double to stretch the UHV lead to 6-2.

That turn of events was all UHV pitcher Emily Bergstrom needed to see to get back on track.

"I got a little fire in me when they got those two runs," Bergstrom.

But even pitching down 2-1 earlier in the game, she knew the offense would pick her up.

"I have complete confidence in my teammates," Bergstrom said. "In the defense behind me and in the offense."

After Saints third baseman Kaitlyn Bourg singled in the third inning, Bergstrom turned it on, retiring 14 of the final 15 batters of the game.

UHV would add another run in the fifth when Pettit drove in her third run of the game.

The difference was as simple as the Jaguars playing up to their full potential, Lambeth said.

It was a nice change of pace from the first game, in which the Jaguars couldn't get anything going offensively.

They led throughout most of the game, even though they didn't record a hit until the fifth inning.

UHV scored twice in the first inning thanks to walks and an error, but OLL pitcher Kailyn Miller kept the Jaguars in check after that.

Her offense eventually picked her up with a run in the fourth and two in the sixth for the lead.

It was almost much worse. With the Saints holding a 3-2 lead, they loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth.

Then Lambeth called on transfer Dawn Villegas, a former OLL Saint herself.

Villegas came out firing, getting a strikeout and a popout, plus help from a pick off at third to get out of the jam.

UHV couldn't mount the comeback and lost 3-2.

UHV is now 6-4 on the season and will be back in action a week from now when they host Texas College in a double header starting at 1 p.m.

Game 1

Our Lady of the Lake 3, UHV 2

OLL 000 102 0 - 3 6 1

UHV 200 000 0 - 2 1 2

WP: Kailyn Miller. LP: Baylea Wagener. Highlights: (UHV) Kellie King 1-3, R.

Game 2

UHV 7, Our Lady of the Lake 2

OLL 020 000 0 - 2 5 3

UHV 105 010 x - 7 12 1

WP: Emily Bergstrom. LP: Melanie Gonzalez. Highlights: (UHV) Kellie King 1-4, 2B, R, RBI; Kori Kocian 2-4, 2 R; Courtney Pettit 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Allison Hinton 1-4, 2B, R, RBI; Marley Moehrig 2-3, 2B, R; Porsha Ramos 1-1, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI. Record: UHV 6-4.

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