Jaguars split with LSUA
By Thomas R. Martinez - email@example.com
March 27, 2010 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.
If you listen to those around her, Bre'Neka "Shorty" O'Bryant is a living sports cliche.
The University of Houston-Victoria center fielder gives 110 percent all the time. Check
She's a great team player. Check
The name of her game is speed. Check
All that is high praise considering O'Bryant nearly was out of ball two years ago.
Now, she's one of the Jaguars' better younger players, and helped lead her team to a doubleheader split (a 13-4 win, a 3-2 loss) with Louisiana State University-Alexandria on Saturday at Burdge Field.
O'Bryant uses her speed to her advantage. In the first game, O'Bryant singled to center field. She ran hard out of the batter's box through first and headed for second. She turned an easy single into a hustle double.
"Her speed is one of the things that definitely attracted me to her," said UHV head coach Keri Lambeth.
O'Bryant's ability to hustle all the time was attractive, too. In fact, it's helped keep her in the game she loves.
It wasn't always that way.
Her freshman year at Blinn College, she tried out for the softball team and didn't make it. She stayed in school, and in the spring semester, she had the softball coach as a teacher. The coach told her they needed some players. Shorty practiced the rest of the year with the team, and then played at Blinn as a sophomore.
That's when Lambeth entered the picture. Lambeth went on a recruiting trip last year to Blinn to look at another of her young stars, third baseman Allison Hinton.
"Shorty definitely wanted to play at the next level," Lambeth said.
Lambeth didn't know much about O'Bryant when she went to watch Hinton. Lambeth knew O'Bryant wasn't playing a lot and didn't know what to expect.
But she was happy with what she did see, she said.
"She hustled every time, she threw the ball hard every time," Lambeth said. "So even though I didn't get that on-the-field exposure from her, I was still able to recruit a good athlete."
Athletics was an escape for the sophomore O'Bryant. She played basketball and softball in high school at Huntsville.
And she's a good kid, who she says, give thanks to her mother, Carolynn O'Bryant.
"I've always looked up to my mom,'" O'Bryant said. "She's always given me inspiration."
"I like that. I think I'm her No. 1 fan," Carolynn said. "I tell her, Brae, you can do anything you put your mind to, just don't stop."
For O'Bryant, having her mom (and her aunt, Cynthia, and cousin, Miracle) at some of her games is important.
"If I'm having a bad game, and I can hear her in the stands, I can get my head clear and just play," O'Bryant said.
The Jaguars' short-comings and season-long inconsistencies showed up in game 2, a disappointing 3-2 loss to a team they beat handily twice this year.
They didn't hit the ball well, they committed 3 errors, and they didn't capitalize on opportunities.
UHV managed only 5 hits, four by two players (Brittany Faas and Allison Hinton each had two), after clobbering 14 in game 1.
Also, UHV never fully took advantage of a weird outing by Generals starting pitcher Brittnay Trahan.
Trahan had a tough time with her release point, and the umpire called about 10 illegal pitches. The Jaguars only capitalized on one of those those, however, when they scored their run in the third inning.
A mental miscue cost the team another run in that inning when Izzy Glowney was called out for being off the base when the pitcher was in the pitching circle. She was on third base at the time and would have scored on one of the called illegal pitches.
HURTING: Jaguars third baseman Allison Hinton left the game in the third inning with what appears to be a possible injury to her neck. She suffered the injury on a weird play where she slid back into third base, and then got up and sprinted to home when the ball got past Generals' third baseman Jessica Pocorello. Hinton was thrown out at home in a head-first slide. She walked back to the dug out, but was noticably hurt.
The team said she would undergo a precautionary MRI.
QUEENS OF THE BASEPATHS: The Jaguars stole four bases in the first game, led by Izzy Glowney. Araceli Galindo, Brittany Faas and Kori Kocian also had stolen bases. The Jags continued their thievery in the second game, with 3 more steals, including two more for Glowney, who now has 21 on the season.
BRITTANY POWER: Faas and Brittany Boren combined to go 6-for-10 with six runs on the day. They each had three hits and three runs. Boren had 2 RBI in the first game.
UHV 13, LSUA 4 (5 innings)
LSUA 040 00 - 4 9 4
UHV 640 3x - 13 14 2
Emily Bergstrom, Baylea Wagener (2) and Brittany Faas. Kara Simmons, Haley Verzwvelt, Brittnay Trahan (4) and Andrea Langley. WP: Wagener. LP: Simmons. Highlights: UHV: Izzy Glowney 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB; Courtney Pettit 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2R, 2 RBI; Brittany Boren 2-for-2, 3R, 2RBI; Claire McGee 2-for-2, 2 RBI; Kori Kocian 2-for-3, R, RBI; Wagener 3.2 IP, 0ER, 2H. LSUA: Amy Leonard 2-for-3; Andrea Langley 2-for-3 R; Lexi Champagne 2-for-3 R; Jessica Pocorello 1-for-2 RBI. Records: UHV: 19-10. LSUA: 5-23.
LSUA 3, UHV 2
LSUA 003 000 0 - 3 6 0
UHV 101 000 0 - 2 5 3
Tasha Rotramel and Brittany Faas. Brittnay Trahan, Haley Verzwvelt, (3) and Andrea Langley. LP: Rotramel. WP: Verzwvelt. Highlights: UHV: Hinton 2-for-2; Brittany Faas 2-for-3; Brittany Boren 1-for-3; Rotramel: 7 IP, 6H, 3R. LSUA: Amanda Savoie 2-for-4; Trahan 1-for-4 2RBI; Jessica Pocorello 2-for-3; Langley 1-for-3 RBI. Records: UHV: 19-11. LSUA: 6-23.