UHV softball comes up big against Prairie View
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Head coach Keri Lambeth's short-term goal for the UHV softball team is to win every inning each game.
Against Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, the Jaguars achieved the feat en route to a pair of run-rule victories at home.
After scoring in every inning of the afternoon doubleheader's opening game to win 9-1, UHV erupted for six runs in the first inning of Game 2, completing the sweep with an 8-0 victory.
"(It is not just about a game), you want to win every inning," Lambeth said. "So, on the mound, winning defensively, and also, when up to bat, you want to score.
"By winning every inning, I mean scoring in every inning, and we proved we can do that today."
The Jaguars were not outscored in any inning of the two contests, giving up just one run on the day.
Offensively, UHV scored at least one run in each of its first six innings over the two games, finishing the day with just one scoreless inning.
No single inning was more impressive for UHV, however, than the first inning of the second game.
The Jaguars scored six runs on seven hits before leaving the opportunity for more runs on the field as three players were stranded.
UHV first baseman Porsha Ramos was 2-2 with a run and two RBIs in the first inning alone.
"I just think that sometimes teams get hot and, right now, we are hot," Lambeth said. "If we can stay that way, we're going to be unbeatable, but we just have to stay on top of it."
While the Jaguars, who improved one spot to ninth in the recent NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, displayed their most explosive offensive in Game 2, the team showed off its ability to attack consistently in the opener.
Led by consecutive RBI singles from Kelly King and Marley Moehrig, UHV jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the end of the first inning.
After adding a run in each of the following innings, Ashley Shannon deivered a two-RBI shot, scoring Ramos and Gomez to give the Jaguars a 6-0 advantage heading into the fifth inning.
The Panthers responded by scoring their only run of the day, but UHV added three in the bottom of the inning, puncuated by Ariel Gomez's game-winning RBI single.
For the game, Gomez was 2-4 with two runs and a RBI.
"Our offense was all together today," the center fielder said. "It wasn't just this person or that person, everybody was hitting.
"We just really came together as a team today."
Following a short break, the Jaguars picked up right where they left off. Their first three batters and six of their first eight batters all recorded hits and scored.
Despite getting three batters on base, UHV was held scoreless in the second inning before Ramos and Ashley Winegeart scored in the third and fourth innings, respectively.
Emily Bergstrom earned the pitching victory, striking out one and giving up six hits.
The Panthers (19-17) managed to deliver some damage, though, when left fielder Olivia Pace sent a hit directly into starting pitcher Dawn Villegas' right ankle during the fifth inning of the first game.
It was one of just two hits the junior allowed. She completed the game, but was using crutches afterward and will be evaluated.
The sweep improved the Jaguars' overall record to 36-6, while extending their current win streak to 11 games.
With its conference tournament looming, UHV looks to continue it winning ways during Saturday's regular season-ending doubleheader at Houston Baptist University.
UHV 9, Prairie View A&M 1
PVU 000 01 - 1 2 5
UHV 211 23 - 9 11 0
W: Dawn Villegas (13-4). L: Brittanie Gardner. DOUBLES: (UHV) Kara Waukau, Kristina Droz. STATS: (UHV) Brittany Arredondo 2-4, 2 RBI; Ariel Gomez 2-4, 2 runs, RBI; Kara Wakau 2-2, 2 runs, stolen base. (PVU) Cally Falls 1-2; Olivia Pace 1-2, RBI. RECORDS: UHV 35-6, PVU 19-16.
UHV 8, Prairie View A&M 0
PVU 000 00 - 0 6 1
UHV 601 1x - 8 9 2
W: Emily Bergstrom (21-3). L: Nicole Gallardo (5-6). TRIPLES: (UHV) Porsha Ramos. DOUBLES: (UHV) Ashley Winegeart 2, Ariel Gomez. STATS: (UHV) Porsha Ramos 3-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Ariel Gomez 1-3, run, 2 RBIs; Ashley Winegeart 2-3, 2 runs, RBI; Kristina Droz 1-2, run, RBI. (PVU) Olivia Pace 2-3. RECORDS: UHV 36-6, PVU 19-17.