LSU-Alexandria finishes off sweep of Jaguars
• LSU-Alexandria 13-6, UHV 4-1
• UHV at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6 p.m.
UHV recognized its seven seniors between games of Saturday's doubleheader.
The ceremony was just about all Jaguars fans at Riverside Stadium had to cheer about.
LSU-Alexandria completed a three-game sweep of UHV by claiming 13-4 and 6-1 wins.
"No one ever wants to go out losing," said UHV senior Ryan Suescun. "It's been an honor playing here the last four years. I'm going to miss it a lot, but it's not over yet."
The Jaguars (19-26) can take some solace in having four games remaining in the regular season - at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday and three at LSU-Alexandria (30-18) next weekend - before beginning play in the Association of Independent Institutions tournament in Lynn, Mass.
"Those are tune-up games at this point," Suescun said. "We're going to be the sixth (last) seed. Most likely we've just got to tune-up, play as a team, get the team together and play with heart and a little enthusiasm. You have to want to be here. Those games will get us ready for the tournament."
UHV had a 4-1 lead in the first game behind the starting pitching of freshman Bo Sheridan.
But the Generals scored four runs in the fifth inning and broke the game open with eight runs in the sixth.
"They had two big innings against us," said UHV coach Terry Puhl. "They did that to us last year. We were chasing them all the time. We didn't swing the bats too bad. The pitching and defense was not sharp. We just gave them too many extra outs."
The Jaguars scored in three of the 16 innings they played. Suescun had three hits and fellow senior Stephen Shorkey had two in the first game.
UHV managed only three hits in the second game against LSU-Alexandria starter Adam Hines, who pitched a complete game and retired the final 15 batters.
UHV has now been swept at home by Fisher College and LSU-Alexandria, who will be in the tournament field.
"It does have some significance," Suescun admitted. "But up there in the tournament it's one game. In baseball, you never know what can happen in one game. It could be a completely different game. The back of our staff pitched this weekend so they haven't really seen what we've got."
Puhl was pleased Cory Carter got to pitch for the first time since he was injured in a game against Fisher College on March 14.
"We'll be going with our key pitchers and that's (Orlando) Quiroga, (Nathan) Falkenstine and Carter," Puhl said of the tournament. "At least, Carter came out of here without any kind of pain or anything so I'm happy about that."
Puhl was not pleased with the way the Jaguars finished their home schedule, but knows there is a chance for redemption.
"Our situation always has been I think we'll hit enough and pitch enough," he said. "I think it will come down to our defense - whether we give them three outs or five outs."
LSU-Alexandria 13-6, UHV 4-1
LSUA 100 048 0 - 13 8 3
UHV 130 000 0 - 4 8 2
Jamie McClure, Pierce Liberta (6) and Brandon Samson. Bo Sheridan, Andre Del Bosque (5), Cory Carter (6), Cory Hulsey (6), Colton Cowart (7) and Matthew Herrera, Blake Diver (7). W: McClure (2-1). L: Del Bosque (2-4). Highlights: (LSUA) Keagan Kratzer 3 for 4, solo HR, 3 Rs, 2 RBIs, 3 SBs; Seth Montz 2 for 4, R; T.J. Trantham 1 for 3, 2B, R, 3 RBIs. (UHV) Ryan Suescun 3 for 3, R, 2 RBIs; Stephen Shorkey 2 for 4, R.
LSUA 012 020 001 - 6 9 0
UHV 000 010 000 - 1 3 1
Adam Hines and Colton Honeycutt. Tyler Vakey, Cory Hulsey (6), Nathan Falkenstine (8), Andre Del Bosque (9) and Matthew Herrera, Blake Diver (7). W: Hines (6-3). L: Vakey (0-3). Highlights: (LSUA) Hines 9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO; Keagan Kratzer 2 for 2, 2B, RBI; Chance Schmidt 1 for 3, 2B, R, 2 RBIs. (UHV) Stephen Shorkey 1 for 3, R. Records: LSUA 30-18; UHV 19-26.