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Victoria native rewriting the record books at UHV

By Taylor Mitchell
April 29, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated April 28, 2013 at 11:29 p.m.

UHV's Marley Moehrig cheers on her teammates as she stands in the hole during a game last season. Moehrig, a Victoria native, broke four single-season records this season, including  six-year-old records home runs and RBIs in a single at bat.

Marley Moehrig wasn't trying to break any records when she went to the plate against Mary Hardin-Baylor 10 days ago.

Nor was she trying to hit a home run.

All she was trying to do was get a hit.

In the top of the fourth inning, Moehrig got that hit and a lot more.

With one swing of the bat, Moehrig became UHV's single-season record holder for home runs and RBIs and gave the Jaguars a 1-0 lead against the Crusaders.

"Whenever I go up to bat, I'm just looking to get a hit," the former Memorial standout said. "Hitting a home run and breaking the records was just a plus for me. I've been working really hard this year and its paying off."

That hard work has led to a record-setting season.

Not only has Moehrig set records for the most home runs and RBIs in a season, but she also has the most triples (7) and total bases (135) in a single season. Heading into the Association of Independent Institutions tournament, Moehrig has a .472 batting average (67 for 142) with 12 doubles, 14 home runs, 74 RBIs, 45 runs scored, a .951 slugging percentage and a .518 on-base percentage. She was also named the AII Female Athlete of the Week for the second time this season Monday.

Not only is Moehrig rewriting the single-season record book, but she's also breaking some of the career hitting records. She has the most home runs (22), RBIs (135) and triples (9) and is closing in on a few others.

"It's an awesome feeling. It's been hard to get there," Moehrig said humbly.

"She is a power hitter, but she can also drop it down for a bunt if we need her to," UHV coach Keri Lambeth said. "She's a multi-tool player."

Moehrig isn't just an offensive threat but is also a "true utility player," as Lambeth put it.

"She came to us as a catcher, and we moved her to the outfield, where she did a tremendous job," Lambeth said. "Now, we needed her on the corner, and she's been able to do an amazing job at third base. She is a true utility, just an all-around athletic kid who we are so lucky to have."

After Kelly King graduated from UHV (she now serves as a graduate assistant), the Jaguars needed someone to fill in at third. When Lambeth and assistant coach Lindsey Ortiz asked Moehrig to make the transition from the outfield to the hot corner, she never hesitated.

"Coming from the outfield to a hot corner like third base was a big deal," Ortiz said. "That's hard. A lot of kids don't want to play third base. It's a tough position to play, and she has embraced it."

Moehrig is having her best season at UHV by far. Last season, the junior right hander hit for a .290 batting average in 42 starts with five home runs (leading the team) and one triple.

"I'm just seeing the ball really well this season," Moehrig said. "That has really helped me out."

However, it's not Moehrig's bat or her glove that has other coaches worried - and Lambeth smiling from ear to ear. It's the fact she still has another year of eligibility left.

"Everyone that comes in to play her wants to know what year she is so they know how long they have to put up with her," Lambeth said. "It's great to have her in the lineup next year."



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