Jaguars sweep doubleheader against Prairie View A&M
By Thomas R. Martinez
April 16, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated April 15, 2011 at 11:16 p.m.
On Senior Day for the University of Houston-Victoria softball team, a junior nearly stole the show.
Pitcher Emily Bergstrom flirted with a second consecutive perfect game in the first game of a doubleheader, a 3-0 win for the Jaguars over Prairie View A&M.
Bergstrom was perfect through four innings before finally giving up a weak single to center with one out in the fifth. She would allow only 2 more harmless base hits in the seventh, finishing with her second consecutive shutout.
"I'll take the shutout," Bergstrom said. "It's awesome."
Bergstrom may have grabbed the early headline, but it's the gritty play of Allison Hinton that best sums up the Jaguars.
When the third baseman nabbed the final out of second game, a 5-0 win, Senior Day came to an end, leaving the No. 10 Jaguars with a 29-13 record.
Hinton, a senior, left her mark on the field, too.
Known for her defense, Hinton made a diving stop to her left, got up and fired to first to keep Bergstrom's perfect streak alive. It's the type of play she makes regularly.
She also went 3-for-6 on the day, with three runs scored, raising her average to .341.
The season has been a grind, though, for Hinton, as she's battled injuries to her elbow and shoulder.
Head coach Keri Lambeth calls Hinton an all-out player.
"It's been really hard on her. She's one of those girls who will do anything it takes," Lambeth said. "If I tell her to stretch a double into a triple, she'll crash into third if she has to."
That all-out mentality can be hard on then body.
"She doesn't doubt, she just listens and does," Lambeth said.
The injuries are a temporary road block for the gritty Hinton, her father said.
"She's worked through those injuries and still stayed competitive," said Craig Hinton. "She continued to pick her play up."
Hinton is one of three seniors, along with first baseman Courtney Pettit and second baseman Araceli Galindo.
Their leadership has been a key for the team in its rise to No. 10 in the nation, Lambeth said.
"They are a huge part of this program," she said. "They'll be missed next year. There's going to be some really big shoes to fill."
The seniors will need to impart that leadership if the Jaguars are to make it back to nationals this season.
"She's really excited about going to California," Craig Hinton said.
California is the site of this year's conference tournament, where the Jaguars will be guaranteed a spot in nationals if they finish first or second. Without that first or second, though, the Jaguars will need to get lucky to grab an at-large berth.
Craig Hinton, though, says his daughter is up to the challenge.
"Being one of the leaders of the team, it's an exciting year for her," he said.
A stalwart at most Jaguars games, Craig Hinton knows the clock is ticking close to midnight on his daughter's playing days. She'll soon trade her leather glove for a history text book as she moves into teaching.
"She hates for it to end, as much as we do," he said.
Hinton said her father might miss the games more than she does, but barely.
"He's always been there for me and supported me in everything," she said. "He won't have anything to do after this."
"We've been watching her for about 15 years, since they were babies," Craig Hinton said. "It's kind of a two-sided coin today. Excited that they are moving on, but sad to see it end."
NOTES: STRONG PITCHING: Dawn Villegas also pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout in game 2. She improved her record to 5-3 on the season. With the game 1 win, Bergstrom improved to 15-4. She's allowed only seven walks all season, with a walks allowed-per-nine -innings tab ranked second in the nation.
TIMELY OFFENSE: Tara Williams launched a missile to center field in the second game for her sixth home run of the season. Williams finished the day 3-for-6 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Kristina Droz was 2for6 with 2 RBIs. Ashley Winegeart had 2 RBIs in the first game. Pettit's RBI double in the first game gave her 47 RBI on the season.
UHV 3, Prairie View A&M 0
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Emily Bergstrom and Kristina Droz. Bridget Coronado and Leanna Flores. WP: Bergstrom. LP: Coronado. Highlights: UHV: Bergstrom 7IP, 0ER, 3H, perfect through 4; Courtney Pettit 2-for-3, 2B, RBI; Ashley Winegeart 1-for-3, 2 RBI; Kori Kocian, 1-for-1, R, 2 BB; Tara Williams 1-for-3, R; Allison Hinton 1-for-3, R; Droz 1-for-3; Araceli Galindo 2 BB.
UHV 5, PV A&M 0
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Dawn VIllegas and Kristina Droz. Lauren Grun and Leanna Flores. WP: Villegas. LP: Grun. Highlights: Villegas 7IP, 3 H, 0 ER; Tara Williams 2-for-3 HR, 2 RBI; Droz 1-for-3 2 RBI; Allison Hinton 2-for-3 2R,