UHV entertains D-1 teams Friday, Saturday
By Advocate Staff Report
April 8, 2010 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2010 at 11:08 p.m.
The University of Houston-Victoria softball team enters the home-stretch of its season with a pair of doubleheaders against familiar Division-I opponents.
The 23-11 UHV, ranked No. 17 nationally in the NAIA polls, plays Prairie View A&M Friday and Houston Baptist Saturday.
"We're looking forward to playing these two opponents this weekend," UHV coach Keri Lambeth said via text message. "If we can keep focused we should be able to have clean sweep."
The Jaguars are at a point in the season where every game matters as any loss now can impact the team's ranking and potentially hurt its chances for a berth in the national championship tournament.
A trio of hitters having strong seasons leads the Jaguars offense. Izzy Glowney (.365, 3 HR, 23 RBI), Allison Hinton (.375, 7 HR, 29 RBI) and Courtney Pettit (.360, 3 HR, 26 RBI) set the pace for UHV. Glowney also has 26 stolen bases in the leadoff role.
Tasha Rotramel (10-8, 1.98 era) and Baylea Wagener (8-1, 2.31) have been strong on the mound for the Jaguars. Rotramel has a no-hitter this season, and a majority of her losses have come in close games against top teams.
UHV beat Prairie View (1-26) twice earlier this season in Prairie View, 11-1 and 11-3.
Prairie View, a member of the D-I Southwestern Conference, sports a familiar face in sophomore Jasmine Littles, a former standout at Memorial High School. Littles, a shortstop, leads the Panthers with a .306 batting average.
The Jaguars hope to see red on Saturday in their doubleheader against Houston Baptist.
UHV's initial Red Out day encourages fans to wear red to the games, with a goal of every Jaguars fan in attendance dressed in red, according to a press release. The first 50 Jaguars fans in attendance will receive a special Red Out Day T-shirt. Also, red Jaguars merchandise will be on sale at discounted prices, according to the release.
Houston Baptist (13-19) is a former NAIA powerhouse and recently made the jump to D-I play. UHV and Houston Baptist split a pair of games earlier this season in Houston.
Victoria's Jaymie Heibel, a former starter for Goliad High School, sports the royal blue and orange for the Huskies, a member of the Great West Conference. The Junior Heibel is second on her team with a .317 average.