UHV Softball Loses Twice In Alabama
Jaguars Lose Game Two In Eight Innings
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The University of Houston-Victoria softball team came up just short twice Friday during the opening day of the Gulf Shores Invitational.
The No. 23 Jaguars opened play with a 5-2 loss to Bethel (TN), then fell via the international tiebreaker in eight innings to No. 18 William Carey 2-0.
The Jaguars (8-8) struck first against Bethel on a bases-loaded ground out by Alexis Gonzales that scored Brianna Leon (SO/Houston, TX).
The Lady Wildcats (8-1) struck right back in the bottom half of the first to grab a 2-1 lead.
But solo runs by the Lady Wildcats in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings would be too much for the Jaguars to overcome.
Flores paced the Jaguars in the game with two hits, while Leon, Garcia, and Marissa Longoria (SR/Houston, TX) each had one.
After battling the Lady Crusaders to a 0-0 draw in regulation, the Jaguars saw the Lady Crusaders take advantage of the first big opportunity in the game to pick up the 2-0 win.
Mary Blair Odom’s two-out double in the eighth brought home both runners and the victory.
The Jaguars were unable to answer in the bottom of the inning.
The Jaguars had some early chances but were unable to come up with the key hit in the contest.
In the third, Marisa Mendoza (SR/Houston, TX) bunted for a base hit, was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Angelica Davidson (SR/Portland, TX) before stealing third, where she was left stranded.
Flores and Garcia opened the sixth with back-to-back singles, before a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third with one out. But again, Haley Nations was able to work out of the jam and keep the contest scoreless.
The Jaguars will return to play in the Gulf shores Invitational on Saturday when they face No. 10 Georgia Gwinnett at 4:30 p.m. and Keiser University at 7 p.m.