Jaguars sweep Huston-Tillotson in softball doubleheader

Thomas Martinez By Thomas Martinez

Feb. 15, 2011 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.

The University of Houston-Victoria softball team needed pitcher Baylea Wagener to answer one question Tuesday in a doubleheader against Huston-Tillotson.

Could the Jaguars' top pitcher overcome her struggles from a weekend loss to Texas Southern?

Wagener took the mound in the first game and emphatically answered that question, dominating the Rams with a near no-hitter in a 10-1 win. The Jaguars finished off the sweep with a 13-1 game two win.

The junior entered the final inning with a no-hitter but allowed a home run to the Rams' first hitter, Roxanne Rodriguez. She then gave up a single before settling down to retire the side.

"I was thinking, "Did that really just happen?" Wagener joked after the game. "She got her hands up through the ball. There's not much you can do about that. It just happened to be her one hit."

The no-hitter lost, Wagener was happy to rebound from Saturday's outing, when she gave six runs in five innings.

"This past weekend, I had three really strong innings," Wagener said. Then she struggled in the next two innings, she said, eventually giving up the lead. The Jaguars rallied to take the win, leading to this game and whether Wagener would have an answer.

"I definitely needed that little confidence booster," Wagener said.

Assistant coach Lindsey Ferguson said Wagener is still finding her grove.

"I think this was a really good game for her," Ferguson said. "She was hitting her spots. She looked really good."

Here are three other key questions the Jaguars needed to answer:

Could the Jaguars flex their muscles and dominate a team they need to?

The Jaguars often had trouble with this task last year. The Jaguars started a little slowly in the first game, but scored 10 runs and ended the game early. They added 13 runs in the second. The final tally? 23 runs, 17 hits, and only two runs allowed.

Most people would call that dominating a team.

Could the Jaguars put together two solid games on offense?

Mission accomplished. Two big innings in the first game, a four-run third and six-run fourth shut down the Rams. UHV tallied 8 hits, with Kori Kocian leading the way with two hits. Araceli Galindo and Kristina Droz each had 3 RBI. In the second game, UHV capitalized on some shoddy defense by the Rams and scored 13 runs. Courtney Pettit smashed a two-run home run and had 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Galindo added 2 more RBI.

"I'm just proud of the girls for them to come out and take care of their business," Jaguars coach Keri Lambeth said.

Would coach Lambeth tap into her depth?

Former area high school stars Porsha Ramos and Marley Moehrig saw their first extended action of the year. Ramos, who pitched for Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca pitched 3 scoreless innings in the second game to get the win. She gave up three hits and had three strikeouts.

Moehrig caught the second game, spelling regular catcher Kristina Droz. Moehrig went 1-for-3 with a triple and 2 RBI.

University of Houston-Victoria 10-13, Huston-Tillotson 1-1

Game 1

UHV 10, Huston-Tillotson 1

UHV 004 6x - 10 8 0

H-T 000 01 - 1 2 2

Baylea Wagener and Kristina Droz. Roxanne Rodriguez and Debbie Martinez. WP: Wagener. LP: Rodriguez.

Highlights: UHV: Araceli Galindo triple, 3 RBI; Kristina Droz single, 3 RBI; Kori Kocian 2-for-3, 2 runs; Wagener 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5K. H-T: Rodriguez HR, RBI.

Game 2

UHV 13, Huston-Tillotson 1

UHV 302 8x - 13 9 2

H-T 010 00 - 1 4 5

Emily Bergstrom, Porsha Ramos (3) and Marley Moehrig. Lynda Leyva, Elizabeth Valderaz (4) and April Atkins. WP: Ramos. LP: Leyva.

Highlights: UHV: Courtney Pettit, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI; Galindo 2 RBI, 2 R; Marley Moehrig 3B, 2 RBI. Bergstrom 2 IP, 1 H; Ramos, 3 IP, 3H, 3 K.



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