UHV softball drops pair of games Saturday

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The University of Houston-Victoria softball team came up short in two late-inning rallies Saturday at the Gulf Shores Invitational.

The No. 23 Jaguars fell 3-2 to No. 10 Georgia Gwinnett in their opening game and then left the bases loaded in the seventh inning to drop an 8-4 decision to Keiser University.

Georgia Gwinnett tallied solo runs in the first, second and fifth innings to hold off the Jaguars.

Brianna Leon (SO/Houston, TX) began the game with a one-out triple and the scored on a sacrifice fly by Emily Flores (SR/Houston, TX) for a 1-0 lead.

The Jaguars tried to rally in the seventh as Flores doubled to left and scored on a single by Maricruz Martinez (FR/Pasadena, TX), but that was all the Jaguars could muster.

Keiser grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second, before the Jaguars picked up an unearned run in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-1. Keiser erupted for five in the bottom of the fifth and it proved to be the crucial inning.

Back-to-back doubles by Flores and Michaela Fernandez (FR/Pearsall, TX) plated one run and the Jaguars tacked on another unearned run to cut the lead to 8-3 in the sixth.

The Jaguars continued the rally in the seventh as Leon ripped a one-out triple to right and scored on a Martinez single. Flores added a single and Zoe Miranda (JR/Burleson, TX) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Keiser reliever Paige Boyle was able to work out of the jam and preserve the win.

The Jaguars (8-10) will wrap up play at the tournament on Sunday in a 9 a.m. contest against Central Methodist.


Courtesy: University of Houston-Victoria Athletics