Jaguars split doubleheader against A&M-International
The same UHV team played both games of a doubleheader against Texas A&M-International at Riverside Stadium.
But the performance in each game couldn't have been more different.
The Jaguars began Tuesday with a 4-2 win in Game 1, before ending the day with a 15-1 loss in Game 2.
"There's not really a way to explain it," said UHV outfielder Derek Maciejeski. "We've just got to come together. At certain times, we click real well. At other times, we have to get our heads on."
UHV (6-9) got a strong pitching performance in Game 1 from starter Grant Westmoreland, who pitched four hitless innings before being relieved by Nathaniel Pena and Andrew Gross.
"Grant did a tremendous job, and the reason I took him out is I want to use him this weekend for conference," said UHV coach Terry Puhl. "I didn't want to overuse him."
The Jaguars broke through on offense in the fifth inning when they scored all their runs.
Jacob Mihalski had an RBI single before Maciejeski hit a three-run home run over the left-field fence.
"I drove it and pulled it down the left-field line - 330," Maciejeski said of his first college home run. "I didn't even think it was going to go out. I rounded first and I realized it was gone."
Chase Tamez had three of UHV's nine hits, including a double.
"We got a big hit from Mihalski," Puhl said. "It's nice for somebody else to hit a home run besides Gross. Tamez hit the ball pretty well today, too."
Gross' seventh home run of the season - a solo shot - was about the only bright spot for the Jaguars in Game 2.
The Dustdevils (5-13) scored six runs in the second inning, three in the third and four in the fifth.
A&M-International had 11 hits against six UHV pitchers.
The Jaguars hurt their cause by issuing 11 walks, hitting three batters and committing two errors.
"I evaluate the pitchers and how they do," Puhl said. "There were some guys who were playing on the infield and don't get to play that much. It tells me who's capable of helping us at times later on in the season. It tells me who I'm going to use this weekend."
The Jaguars return to Red River Athletic Conference play Friday when they travel to Hobbs, N.M., to play a three-game series against the University of the Southwest.
UHV 4-1, TAMUI 2-15
TAMUI 000 002 0 - 2 5 0
UHV 000 040 x - 4 9 3
Devon Torres, Dustin Labit (3), Hugo Mendiola (5), Jorge Gonzalez (6) and Sergio Pollorena. Grant Westmoreland, Nathaniel Pena (5), Andrew Gross (6) and Chase Almendarez. W: Pena (2-0). L: Dustin Labit (1-1). S: Gross (1). Highlights: (TAMUI) Alex Medina 1-for-2, 2B, R, RBI; Ricky Gonzalez 1-for-2, RBI. (UHV) Grant Westmoreland 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 SO; Derek Maciejeski 1-for-3, 3-run HR; Jacob Mihalski 2-for-3, RBI; Chase Tamez 3-for-4, 2B, R; Gunner Harrison 1-for-2, SB.
TAMUI 063 042 0 - 15 11 1
UHV 001 000 0 - 1 5 2
Eduardo Rodriguez, Coleman Butler (3), Kyle Kieschnick (4), Fernie Contreras (5), Nick Perales (6), Eleazar Rojas (7) and Osvaldo Rosas, Erasmo Gonzalez Jr. (5). Andrew Richards, Cesar Martinez (2), Luke Alexander (3), Marco Ynclan (4), Jacob Mihalski (5), Garrett Gray-Mathis (7) and Gray-Mathis, Wesley Kutac (5). W: Butler (1-0). L: Richards (0-2). Highlights: (TAMUI) Mario Ramirez 3-for-4, 4 R, RBI; Sergio Pollorena 1-for-2, 2-run HR, 3 RBIs; Alexander Cabezas 1-for-2, 2B, R, RBI. (UHV) Andrew Gross 2-for-4, solo HR; Gray-Mathis 2-for-3. Records: TAMUI 5-13; UHV 6-9.