Jags' season ends in one-run loss
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Despite a strong offensive showing by UHV, its season has come to an end after falling 9-8 to Bryan College on Tuesday at the NAIA National Softball Championship Opening Round tournament.
The Jaguars (33-15) combined for 10 hits and seven earned runs, including a perfect 3 for 3 performance by senior third baseman Marley Moehrig, but three errors diminished that effort.
More than half of UHV's eight runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning that saw the Jaguars bat through the entire lineup. Moehrig scored on Savannah Crittenden's single to start the inning. Megan Huerta and Krissa Powell scored on Alex Holland's double to left field. Later in the inning, with one out on the board, Crittenden and Holland would score on a Shelby Smith single up the middle of the defense to make the score 5-4. In her second at-bat of the inning, Moehrig doubled to right field to drive in Rachel Laird.
The Jaguars only lasted one inning before Bryan (30-23) regained the lead with four runs scored in the top of the sixth. UHV tied the game at 8-8 in the bottom half of the inning when Moehrig tripled to right-center field, which scored Ashley Winegeart. Moehrig later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kristina Droz.
Bryan scored the game-winning run on a single up the middle of the defense in the top of the seventh inning. UHV went three up, three down in the bottom half to end the game, 9-8.
Crittenden (12-5) was credited with the loss after entering the game in the second inning in relief of Griffin Gilbert. Crittenden gave up five earned runs on nine hits and five walks, and she struck out three batters. Gilbert gave up three runs on three hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
Smith went 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs, and Holland was 1 for 1 with two RBIs and a run scored.