Jaguars' bats frozen against A&M-Kingsville
It was cold and windy at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex, and it only got colder for the UHV softball team as it lost both games of a doubleheader against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday night.
The Javelinas scored twice on errors in game one, a 4-2 victory for A&M-Kingsville, and an Adela Gomez solo home run doomed the Jaguars in game two, a 3-0 contest.
"(Gomez) is actually their only hitter who is over .300 coming into tonight," said UHV head coach Keri Lambeth. "When you have a good hitter up and miss a pitch just by a little bit can have a big impact."
The strong winds helped the Javelinas get on the board early in Game 1, with a high pop fly in the infield scoring the first run with two outs in the second inning. The second costly error by the Jaguars came in the fifth inning when junior Ashley Shannon overthrew first base, allowing sophomore Jaeleen Castro to score from second base.
"Whenever we make errors like that, it's mostly mental," Lambeth said. "We just have to make sure we're ready at all times."
Castro's run gave the Javelinas the lead again, 2-1, after Victoria-native Marley Moehrig drove in senior Brittany Arredondo with a line drive through the middle of the infield in the bottom of the fourth.
UHV tied the game at 2-2 in its half of the fifth inning when Jena West scored on Alex Holland's bunt.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars fans, the tie wouldn't last.
The Javelinas' Carynn Gonzales drove in a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning when she singled to left field. It was a lead A&M-Kingsville wouldn't relinquish, despite UHV's best efforts in the seventh.
The Jaguars put a runner on base, and because of a Javelinas' throwing error, Isabella Soto advanced to third base. However, a strikeout and ground out ended the game.
Junior Megan Carter pitched for the majority of the first game, going 5 2/3 innings and gave up two earned runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Game 2 saw the Jaguars cut down on their mistakes, but an excellent pitching performance by sophomore Katrisha Arocha prevented many base runners for UHV.
"We got discouraged with our hitting in Game 1, and everyone was feeling pressure," Lambeth said. "We have to get better at stepping in and having fun. Just go back to the basics. You can't let things get inside your head too much
The Jaguars' best scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the fifth, an inning after Gomez's home run to center field. West and Krissa Powell were on second and third for UHV, but Holland's deep fly ball ended the scoring chance.
Sophomore Tanya Carlson took the loss for UHV in the second game, pitching four innings with only one earned run on five hits. Dawn Villegas pitched in relief in both games, throwing a combined 4 1/3 innings while giving up two earned runs on five hits and three strikeouts.
"I thought our pitching staff did a good job," Lambeth said. "Tanya Carlson is a young pitcher who has come leaps and bounds as a pitcher."