Mistakes cost UHV baseball against A&M-Corpus Christi
UHV has never beaten Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and may have let an opportunity slip away.
The Jaguars made mistakes in virtually every area, and the result was an 8-6 loss Thursday evening at Riverside Stadium.
"You really want to win these because everybody here knows we're NAIA, but we know we're capable of playing those guys," said UHV senior Chad Kruse. "It's baseball. We made a couple of mistakes that we don't ever do. Things you don't do when you're in Little League that came up tonight."
The scoreboard showed UHV (9-17) with two errors, but it was the mistakes on the bases, in the field and on the mound that led to its sixth straight loss to the Islanders (12-9).
"That's exactly what we talked about," said UHV coach Terry Puhl. "They're a good team, and good teams will always beat you when you give them four outs. We didn't execute the little things, and I can think of about five or six of them right off the top of my head."
UHV had 11 hits against five A&M-Corpus Christi pitchers and got solid pitching from relievers Andre Del Bosque and Orlando Quiroga.
The Islanders got back-to-back home runs from former Victoria Generals player Eric Weiss, who hit a two-run shot, and Jonathan Gonzales in the third inning.
But the Jaguars contributed to the other five runs with their inability to make plays in the field. The pitchers added to the woes by allowing the leadoff batter to reach base in seven of the nine innings.
"That's how we were playing at the beginning of the year, and we cut that out, and we started winning," Puhl said. "My view of the game is it's a little bit faster because you're playing a Division I team. But there are no excuses for some of the errors that were made out there."
The Jaguars had five hits in a four-run third inning, including a two-run single by Josh Ledesma, who had two hits and three RBIs, and scored all their runs with two outs.
"We hit the ball real hard and had a lot of good at-bats from multiple guys," Kruse said. "We had some great pitching, too. They put 23 on Texas State the other night, and they're a good hitting team. We gave up a couple of three-run innings, but for seven innings for us to shut them down like that is a positive."
The Jaguars will look to correct their mistakes when they travel to Austin on Wednesday for a doubleheader against Huston-Tillotson.
"We still have the favorable part of our schedule up, so there's a lot of wins out there," Ledesma said. "We've just got to play our best game, and we can string some together some wins before the playoffs."
TAMCC 033 101 000 - 8 12 3
UHV 014 001 000 - 6 11 2
Tyler Schnuriger, A.J. Longoria (4), Kaleb Keith (6), Dalton D'Spain (8), Jacob Dorris (9) and Russell Vaughan, Brad Lamberti (6). Andrew Walker, Andre Del Bosque (4), Orlando Quiroga (7) and Brandon Bohanon, Matt Herrera (3). W: Longoria (1-0). L: Walker (1-2). S:Dorris (4). Highlights: (TAMCC) Eric Weiss 2 for 5, 2-run HR; Jonathan Gonzalez 2 for 4, solo HR, 2B, 2 R; Cody Stephens 3 for 4, R; Brandon Tierney 2 for 4, RBI. (UHV) Ryan Suescun 3 for 5, R; Josh Ledesman 2 for 5, R, 3 RBIs. Records: TAMCC 12-9; UHV 9-17.