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TEST OF SKILL

By MIKE FORMAN
March 28, 2011 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2011 at 10:28 p.m.


TODAY'S GAME

UHV vs. Incarnate Word

1 p.m. Tuesday, Riverside Stadium

The competition figures to get stiffer for the University of Houston-Victoria baseball team when it returns to Riverside Stadium.

The Jaguars (18-16) moved over the .500 mark for the first time this season with a three-game sweep at LSU-Alexandria over the weekend.

UHV captured a 4-3 win in 11 innings on Friday night before sweeping a doubleheader 9-4 and 7-1 on Saturday behind complete-game performances from John Touchton and Broc Haymon.

The Jaguars are 24-0 against the Generals since 2008.

UHV moved to No. 2 in the Association of Independent Institutions conference rankings released Monday.

Cal State San Marcos holds the top spot in the AII rankings.

UHV will face a ranked team when it meets the University of Incarnate Word in a single game Tuesday at 1 p.m.

The Cardinals (18-9) are ranked No. 25 in the NCAA Division II poll.

Incarnate Word is coached by former major leaguer Danny Heep, who was a teammate of UHV coach Terry Puhl on the Houston Astros.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him," Puhl said. "We'll have our work cut out for us."

Puhl plans to use pitchers Rex Garner, Daniel Lopez, Casey Newman and Pete Ontiveros against Incarnate Word.

The Jaguars have won nine of their last 10 games and Puhl is anxious to see how his team fares against a quality opponent.

"We're going to start a bunch of seniors," Puhl said. "There's no reason we can't hang with them."

NOTES: Incarnate Word's pitching coach John Maley was previously the head baseball coach at Yorktown and Pettus ... John Longoria leads UHV in hitting with a .358 average and has a team-leading 27 RBIs ... Austin Kent leads the team in home runs with seven, and has scored a team-leading 28 runs ... Ryan Gilbert leads the team with 13 stolen bases ... The Jaguars will play a pair of doubleheaders at Riverside Stadium against the University of UT-Brownsville on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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