UHV Baseball Sweeps Series Against LSU-Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. – The University of Houston-Victoria got two complete games Saturday from its pitching staff and Andrew Gross tied the school’s single-season home run record as the Jaguars completed a four-game sweep over the LSU-Shreveport Pilots in a Red River Athletic Conference matchup.

Gross homered twice in the opener to tie the single-season mark of 17 and Steven Ellis added a solo shot and a complete game for a 10-1 victory. Dylan Blaha then finished the series with another complete game and the Jaguars used a five-run seventh to finish the sweep with a 9-5 victory in the nightcap.

The Jaguars improve to 20-21 on the season and 17-7 in conference, while the Pilots fall to 28-17, 13-11 in RRAC. The Jaguars came into the series with a 20-game losing streak to the Pilots.

The Jaguars picked up where they left off Friday as Gross put the Jaguars in front to stay with a two-run home run and Ellis followed with his solo shot.

That would be all Ellis would need as he would take a no-hitter into the sixth, before losing a bid for his second no-hitter in his last three starts. Alex Montero’s RBI single was the lone hit Ellis allowed as he walked five and struck out three to improve to 5-1.

Ellis’ sacrifice fly in the second made it 4-0 and two more in the third had the Jaguars in front 6-0.

Gross opened a four-run sixth with a solo home run, tying the UHV single season record set by Zane Williams in 2009. Andrew Thibodeaux would then added a two-run double to score Jacob Mendozaand Blake McCracken, before trotting home of Robert Gleinser‘s pinch-hit double.

Both teams still had plenty of fight left in them as they posted solo runs in the first before the Jaguars grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth. Cole Coakley and Ellis each had RBI singles and Gleinser brought home another run with a bases-loaded walk.

The Pilot struck back to take their first lead of the game with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

The lead stood until the seventh when the Jaguars plated five runs to secure the win and the sweep.

The Jaguars took advantage of three balks in the inning and used an RBI single from Coakley and a three-run double from Kyle Bludau to open the game up.

Meanwhile, Blaha hung tough and despite giving up five runs on 10 hits and four walks over nine innings, he tossed a complete game.

The Jaguars return home to for another crucial RRAC matchup on Friday and Saturday when they host league-leading LSU-Alexandria in a pair of doubleheaders.

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