After taking a 5-4 lead in the sixth, the University of
Houston-Victoria Jaguars had to battle from behind in the seventh only to see
the late rally come up short in a 7-6 loss to the University of British
Columbia thunderbirds in the opening round of the Association of Independent
Institutions Conference Softball Championships at Grizzly softball Complex on
Sixth-seeded UBC now advances to play second-seed
California State-San Marcos in a 4 p.m. contest Thursday, while the Jaguars
fall to the loser’s bracket and will face the LSUA-(Georgia
Gwinnett/Lindewood-Bellville) loser in a 1:30 p.m. game on Friday.
After falling behind 3-1 in the second, the Jaguars
(32-12) had to battle from behind most of the day until finally taking a 5-4
lead in the sixth. But that lead was short lived as the Jaguars surrender three
unearned runs allowing the Thunderbirds to retake the lead at 7-5.
Ashley Winegeart opened the seventh for the Jaguars with
a double to left center. Winegeart moved to third on a ground out and scored on
a passed ball to cut the lead to 7-6.
Kristina Droz then walked and Karissa Powell beat out an
infield single. Savannah Crittenden’s grounder forced Powell at second living
runners at first and third with two outs. The Thunderbirds got out of the jam
when pitcher Lindsey Ogilvie got Alex Holland on a swinging third strike to end
UHV jumped out quickly with a run in the first on an
infield single by Rachel Laird and a one-out double by Winegeart that scored
The Thunderbirds answered right back on a two run single
from Quinn Dhaliwal, while Dhaliwal also scored on a wild pitch for a 3-1 lead.
The Jaguars cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth on an RBI
double by Shelby smith that scored Laird, but the Thunderbirds answered right
back in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Dhaiwal.
Moehrig started the sixth with a double and moved to
third on a wild pitch. After Droz walked, Powell singled Moehrig home and moved
pinch runner Naomi Trevino to third. Trevino would score on an UBC error and
Powell would race home on a bunt by Laird to give the Jaguars back the lead at
But a key throw error in the seventh, one of three the
Jaguars committed on the day, would open the gates for the Thunderbirds.
Powell finished the day going 3-for-4, while Winegeart
was 2-for-4 to lead the Jaguars offensively.