UHV sweeps doubleheader
March 13, 2011 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated March 12, 2011 at 9:13 p.m.
Cory Hulsey did something Sunday he hadn't done since he was playing tee-ball.
Hulsey had two hits in the University of Houston-Victoria's seven-run second inning in the second game of a doubleheader against Fisher College of Boston at Riverside Stadium.
"We've just been working a lot in the cages," the freshman from Cypress-Fairbanks said. "A bunch of us came up here early today and got a few extra hacks in and I think that's what helped us."
The Jaguars (9-13) had 22 hits as they swept a doubleheader against the Falcons (0-10), winning the first game 7-3 and capturing a 12-1 victory in the second game that was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
UHV was playing for the first time at Riverside Stadium since Feb. 22 and got a 11-game homestand, which continues Monday with a doubleheader against Texas Wesleyan at 4 p.m., off to a successful start.
"It's nice to play in front of the home crowd and show everybody what we've been working on and win a few games," said Hulsey, who went 3-for-6 with two RBIs. "We're still not to our full potential, but we're getting up there. We're moving along real well."
The Jaguars got complete-game pitching performances from John Touchton and Broc Haymon and played well defensively.
"I'm pleased with everything today," Puhl said. "After being off a week and coming back and playing with that kind of intensity.
"That's all I said when we came back from Northwood, continue with that same intensity and we're going to be fine."
Touchton had seven strikeouts and worked around eight hits in the first game. Haymon had 10 strikeouts and yielded only a solo home run by Jose Rodriguez in the second game.
The Jaguars batted around and scored four runs on six hits in the second inning of the first game. They sent 12 batters to the plate and in their seven-run second inning in the second game.
"That was awesome," Haymon said. "There was one point in the second inning I was like, 'Guys that's enough. I appreciate all the runs, but I'm ready to get out and throw.' Everybody played great even the first game. The second game we executed everything every aspect of the game and that's what we expect."
David Baker and Austin Kent had home runs for UHV, which scored in seven of the 10 innings of the doubleheader.
"This team is dangerous," Puhl said. "We've just to keep everybody especially the younger players like they feel like a big part of the club.
"I think that some of them are starting to feel very confident out there and confidence is a big deal and even with the older players confidence is still the No. 1 factor. That's why I try as a manager not to mess with that."