UHV softball earns first 3-game win streak of season (video)
March 20, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.
Updated March 19, 2013 at 10:20 p.m.
Wins have not come as frequently this spring, but the University of Houston-Victoria softball program is optimistic Tuesday's doubleheader sweep is the perfect remedy for that.
The Jaguars (9-15) defeated Oklahoma Baptist 5-4 and 3-2 for its first three-game winning streak of the season.
"We are doing our job. Sometimes, the other team gets hits as well," said UHV coach Keri Lambeth. "In the end, a win is a win is a win, whether it's a one-run game or a run rule game, and I will take them all."
Entering Tuesday, the Jaguars were 1-5 in one-run games, while their opponents were 2-1.
It was the Lady Bison (19-10) who ended both games with the tying run stranded on base.
In Game 1, the Jaguars didn't safely hit the ball out of the infield the first two times through the lineup, but broke out the bats the third time they saw starter Hannah Wilbur.
Seven Jaguars produced hits, and No. 2 hitter Brittany Arredondo walked. By the time No. 9 hitter Isabella Soto flew out to left field, UHV turned a scoreless game into a 5-0 lead.
A Marley Moehrig double opened the scoring in the bottom of the fifth. She was looking for something on the outside half of the plate.
Afterward, Moehrig said she believed the two-strike pitch she lined to left center would have ended the inning so she decided to take a swing.
"I feel we found a groove where we could keep it going," said Moehrig, who was thrown out trying to stretch her hit into a triple. "We just strung it together."
UHV starter Alex Holland was in line to get the shutout, but Oklahoma Baptist scrapped for four runs in the seventh. A two-RBI triple from Dara Gray cut the lead to 5-3 with one out. Holland walked Kenna Self before forcing a pair of fly outs to end the opener.
Oklahoma Baptist took an early lead in Game 2 but couldn't make it stick. Arredondo committed a pair of errors in the second inning; but the senior shortstop didn't let the blunders bother her.
Arredondo's inside-the-park home run sparked a three-run rally with two outs in the third inning. Arredondo's two-run home run, her first of the season, was in the at bat immediately following her uncharacteristic second inning.
"At that point, I was thinking before (Ashley Shannon) got the double to find a way to pick yourself up and show your teammates and yourself you are not on your error," Arredondo said.
Alicia Fikac took over from there. The Yoakum graduate allowed two runs on eight hits to pick up the win in Game 2, the first complete game victory of her college career.