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UHV softball takes two from Houston Baptist

By jhornberg
March 4, 2012 at 5 a.m.
Updated March 3, 2012 at 9:04 p.m.


Two outs.

Two on base, both in scoring position.

Extra innings.

Full count.

It's the kind of moment hitters dream of, and Ashley Shannon was living it.

"I haven't been in that situation too often, but I have done it before," she said. "I didn't think she really wanted to throw it to me, and I really didn't want to get walked."

The sophomore from Killeen stared down the pitcher as she drove the offering from Houston Baptist's Kendall Stiefel into centerfield, driving in the winning run and capping off UHV's eighth win of the season.

"I got in on the plate, got close and drove it," Shannon said.

UHV came back from late deficits twice on Saturday to Division I Houston Baptist, both times to win in extra innings.

Both times, it was Shannon to the rescue, driving in the game winning run in extra innings, first to secure an 8-7 win, then to pick up a 7-6.

The Jaguars (8-2) tied the Huskies (6-7) in Game 1 on a seventh inning Marley Moehrig three-run homer, which was in response to a three-run blast from Huskies' Kate Murdock in the top half of that inning.

The second game proved to be more exciting. Houston Baptist jumped out to a 6-0 lead after a big third inning, in which Murdock and Beth Evans for the Huskies each had two-run homers.

But the Jaguars weren't finished. Coach Keri Lambeth said the team has been working on staying on an even keel throughout the game.

"We just tried to do exactly the same, no matter the score or inning," she said. "We're trying not to lose confidence and always have a chance

"We've been working so hard at practice, and at situations," "I keep telling them, 'the harder we work, the luckier we'll get.' And that's the way it played out."

The Jaguars sparked a two-out rally that would lead to six runs in the seventh, erasing Houston Baptist's advantage completely.

But a big part of the come back was Dawn Villegas stabilizing the game in the circle. Emily Bergstrom had started the game after finishing out the first game, but the Huskies had caught up to her early.

Villegas pitched five shut-out innings after being touched up a little in the third of the second game.

"We had Dawn come in really big," Lambeth said. "She did great. Emily also threw them off with her off-speed."

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