Fisher College completes 4-game sweep of UHV
UHV will no doubt remember its lost weekend against Fisher College.
The Jaguars can only hope it was not the weekend when all hope was lost of securing a berth in the Association of Independent Institutions tournament.
The Falcons (11-7) completed their first-ever four-game sweep of UHV with a pair of 1-0 wins Saturday at Riverside Stadium.
"Our clutch hitting," said a disappointed Josh Boothe. "We're not getting any clutch hitting, and we're not getting many hits to begin in general. All four games we lost by one run. You've just got to have clutch hitting, and we don't have that right now."
The Jaguars (9-19) had three hits in Saturday's first game and five in the second game and saw their losing streak extended to five games.
"Today, they had better pitching," said UHV coach Terry Puhl. "That first guy (John Tangherlini) they threw is probably the best pitcher we've seen all year. The second guy (Shawn Carlson) just seemed to climb the ladder, and we were swinging at too many pitches up."
The Jaguars went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position in the first game and 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position in the second game.
"The guys have got to pull together as hitters, and we've got to make it happen," Puhl said. "There's no easy way out. You swing your way out of this. The pitching has been pretty darn good. We've just got to put the three aspects together in the same game."
UHV starting pitcher Nathan Falkenstine yielded only three hits in six innings in the first game. Andrew Walker and Andre Del Bosque surrendered seven hits in the second game.
But the Jaguars got only two runners to third base as their scoreless streak was extended to 15 innings.
"When you get a good pitch, you've got to drive the ball forward and not foul it off," Puhl said. "We're fouling off too many pitches that we should be driving. That's the way this game is. It's a very difficult game."
One of the few bright spots for UHV came in the first inning of the second game. Ryan Suescun singled for career hit No. 174. Suescun is now tied with David Baker for the school record in career hits.
The task won't get any easier for the Jaguars when they return to Riverside Stadium at 6 p.m. Wednesday to play St. Mary's.
"We've got to keep working hard," Boothe said. "You keeping going up there and hacking."
Fisher 001 000 0 - 1 3 1
UHV 000 000 0 - 0 3 0
John Tangherlini and Brett Remon. Nathan Falkenstine, Andre Del Bosque (7) and Blake Diver. W: Tangherlini (3-1). L: Falkenstine (3-3), Highlights: (FC) Tangherlini 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 SO; Xander Vargas 1 for 3, RBI. (UHV) Falkenstine 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 SO; Robert Gleinser 1 for 2.
Fisher 010 000 0 - 1 7 0
UHV 000 000 0 - 0 5 1
Shawn Carlson and Andres Ruiz. Andrew Walker, Andre Del Bosque (4) and Matt Herrera. W: Carlson (1-2). L: Walker (1-1). Highlights: (FC) Carlson 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 SO; Elvis Perez 1 for 2, 3B, RBI; Davidson Peguero 2 for 3. (UHV) Del Bosque 3.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 SO; Stephen Shorkey 2 for 4. Records: Fisher College 11-7; UHV 9-19.