UHV softball sweep Prairie View A&M

By BY THOMAS R. MARTINEZ - tmartinez@vicad.com
April 9, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2010 at 11:09 p.m.

Tasha Rotramel and Baylea Wagener powered the University of Houston-Victoria softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Division I Prairie View A&M on a cool, windy Friday at Burdge Field.

The sophomore Wagener threw a complete game, six hitter in the first game, a 2-1 win.

"It was good. I had a lot of help from the defense," Wagener said.

Though she felt a few nerves in the first game, she really didn't show it on the mound.

"It was kind of stressful because it was a close game. I had to tell myself to keep it together and throw strikes," she said.

Wagener, who improved to 9-1, again just missed throwing a shutout in front of the home crowd.

"It seems to be a recurring thing," she joked after the games. "It will come around. I'll start getting them."

Rotramel, UHV's senior ace, threw a dominating second game, a 6-0 whitewashing of the Panthers. She pitched five innings, gave up only three hits and struck out four.

"We started a little slow, but by the third inning, right after everything happened, we were ready to go," Rotramel said.

The "everything happened" was in reference to her rough third inning, where she gave up three singles before she induced a flyout to left fielder Claire McGee to end the inning without any runs scoring.

So, did she feel the Panthers were threatening to blow open the game in that third inning?

"Well, I was worried a little bit, but I have some good defense back there, so I didn't worry too much," she said.

Rotramel pitched only five innings to save some arm for Saturday's doubleheader against Houston Baptist, when she'll likely pitch in both games, if needed.

Rotramel improved to 11-8.

Emily Bergstrom came in the top of the sixth and finished off the Panthers with two hitless and scoreless innings.

Here are four other things you missed if you didn't go to the game:

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: Both games were closer than expected as the Jaguars' offense struggled to produce runs. They managed only seven hits on the day.

"We're just not stringing them together," UHV coach Keri Lamebeth said.

Lambeth pointed to a couple of early strikeouts by Panthers' pitcher Bridget Coronado in the first game, including the first batter of the game for UHV, Izzy Glowney.

"I think we got real tight," Lambeth said. "They all look to Izzy as a leader, so when she wasn't able to do it, everyone kind of got all tight."

In a previous doubleheader sweep in Prairie View, UHV beat the Panthers 11-1 and 11-3.

Friday's games left some UHV fans biting their nails. The Jaguars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first game, only to take a 2-1 lead into the top of the seventh. They managed four hits, the highlight being Allison Hinton's RBI triple into the right field corner.

The second game wasn't much better, as the Jaguars had only three hits, though they scored six runs.

On the day, the Jaguars' big three hitters, Izzy Glowney, Hinton and Courtney Pettit, went 2-for-18.

"A win is a win is a win. I'll take it," Lambeth said.

QUOTABLE: Oh "'Oh my gosh. Son of a biscuit,' was what came out of my mouth."

UHV coach Keri Lambeth after pinch-hitter Brittany Parker was called out for an illegal substitution when Lambeth forgot to notify the umpire of the switch before the at-bat in the fifth inning of game two.

"That was a coaching error. That was like a rookie mistake that I should be way past. That can't happen, just can't happen."

MS. HUSTLE: Second baseman Izzy Glowney didn't have a particularly strong day at the plate (1-for-6 with a triple). She did, however, affect the game with her hustle and smarts.

"As leadoff, my job is just to get on base, so whether I walk or get a base hit, I'm always trying to score some runs," Glowney said.

She worked the Panthers' pitchers for two walks and had two stolen bases. She scored three of the Jaguars' eight runs on the day.

Glowney also hustled all over the field, making an over-the-shoulder catch in short center and diving and nearly catching a foul ball down the right field line.

"That's just part of the game. It happens," she said matter-of-factly about her hustle.

FAMILIAR FACE: Jasmine Littles, a former Memorial High School star, returned to Victoria as a second baseman for the Panthers.

She accounted for the Panthers' only run on the day with an RBI single in the fifth inning of game one. She finished the day 2-for-7 with the RBI. Both of her hits were singles.

"I think I did pretty good today. I could have done more to help the team," Littles said.

She was thankful for a chance to play in Victoria again.

"It felt really good to come back home," she said. "I kind of miss playing at home, but I felt welcomed again."

Game 1

UHV 2, Prairie View A&M 1

PV 000 010 0 - 1 6 5

UHV 002 000 x - 2 4 1

Baylea Wagener and Brittany Faas. Bridget Coronado and Lauren Grun. WP: Wagener. LP: Grun. Highlights: UHV: Allison Hinton 1-for-3, 3B, RBI; Wagener 1-for-3, 7 IP 4H, 1 ER; Claire McGee 2-for-3; Izzy Glowney R, SB. PV: Artava Woods 2-for-4 R; Jasmine Littles 1-for-4 RBI; Sarah Prado 2-for-3. Records: UHV 24-11. PV 1-27.

Game 2

UHV 6, PV A&M 0

PV 000 000 0 - 0 3 3

UHV 100 212 x - 6 3 1

Tasha Rotramel, Emily Bergstrom (6) and Brittany Faas. Lauren Grun and Bridget Coronado. WP: Rotramel. LP: Grun. Highlights: UHV: Izzy Glowney 1-for-3 3B, 2R; Brittany Faas 2-for-2, 2B, 2R, RBI; Rotramel 5 IP, 0ER, 3H. PV: Jasmine Littles 1-for-3; Kesha Haggeraman 1-for-3. Records: UHV: 25-11. PV: 1-28.



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