UHV baseball splits with Texas College
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Under the bright Texas sun Wednesday afternoon, UHV was the dominant team in a 6-2 victory over Texas College.
However, once nightfall was upon Riverside Stadium, the Jaguars were a completely different team.
UHV was held hitless the first five innings in Game 2 against the Steers, who capped off the night with a 5-3 victory in dramatic fashion.
With two outs and runners at the corners, freshman Dylan Blaha came to the plate with a chance to win the game for UHV. While his hit was hard enough and far enough, Blaha was robbed of the hit by a diving Matt McEuen.
"We just wanted to get tying run to the plate," said UHV coach Terry Puhl. "We hit some pretty good balls in the last inning. He made a great catch to end the game. If that ball gets by him, we score two runs and tie the game. It's just a case of him making a great play at the end."
The Jaguars finished Game 2 with three hits and three errors while the Steers had five hits and only one error.
"In the first game, we got some good hits and made defensive plays," Puhl said. "In the second game, we didn't swing the bats poorly, but we just hit a lot of line drives at people. As the game progressed, we started swinging the bats better."
Two of UHV's hits came in the bottom of the seventh inning when it was down 5-2. Blaha ended the no-hitter by Texas College's Chris Burroughs in the sixth inning with an RBI triple to center field that made the score 5-1. Blaha later scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Suescun.
Texas College took the lead early in Game 2, much in the same way UHV did in Game 1, scoring three runs in the second inning, one of which came off of a UHV error when catcher Matthew Herrera overthrew third base.
Orlando Quiroga took the loss for UHV, pitching five innings while giving up five runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. His counterpart, Burroughs, pitched all but one inning while allowing only one hit but gave up two runs and four walks.
"Pitching will always affect your hitting, and their second starter (Burroughs) did a much better job of keeping us off-balance," Puhl said.
Game 1 saw the Jaguars plate five runs in the first inning on four hits and two walks. They'd finish the game with 10 total hits. The first five batters for UHV all got on base and scored a run. Steers' starter Colby Ryan lasted just two-thirds of the first inning before Andrew Hungerford was brought in to replace him.
Texas College scored both of its runs in the top of the fourth inning when Juan Carrillo found some empty space between left and center fields. UHV responded with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning with Tyler Steiner's sacrifice fly.
Freshman Andrew Walker took the win in a complete game effort. Walker struck out five batters while allowing two runs on eight hits and no walks.
"He did a good job of holding it together," Puhl said.
Ryan Suescun led the Jaguars at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two doubles. Steiner finished 1 for 2 but had two RBIs.