Alexandria, LA – In a battle of two ranked teams, #22 LSUA and #18 Houston-Victoria proved to be equals on day one of the four-game series as the two teams split a doubleheader with the Jaguars taking game one 5-3 before the Generals pulled off a comeback win in game two 4-3 Friday afternoon at Generals Field.
The Jaguars jumped out immediately in game one as Aubri Hockerbury hit a two-run home run to put UHV up 2-0 in the first inning.
LSUA responded in a big way in the fourth inning as the Generals got all their runs in the frame. Alexis Hagan took advantage of a bad throw from left field to score from third base. PJ Leon’s double brought home Kendra Baldridge to tie the game, then the Generals took the lead on Jacy Ummel’s single that scored Leon.
But that lead didn’t last long as Aubri Hockenbury found another pitch she liked for her second two-run homer of the game to put UHV back on top 4-3 through five. The Jaguars added an insurance run in the seventh on Michelle Revels’ double that scored Jamison Dumont.
Marci West (10-4) went the distance, giving up five runs that were all earned on eight hits while she struck out four Jaguar batters and only walked one. Danelle Billings was LSUA’s lone multi-hit better in game win with a pair of base knocks, while Jacy Ummel and PJ Leon each had a RBI.
Game two started much the same way as the Jaguars jumped out on top first as Madeline Herrera singled in Gabby Davila for a 1-0 UHV lead. They added to it in the third inning as a pair of runs came in on Emily Flores’s double to make it 3-0 Jaguars.
Julinn Torres got the comeback started in the fourth inning as she came up to bat with no one on and two outs and immediately put a run on the board with a solo blast. But she would not be done. Torres completed the comeback in the bottom of the sixth as she came up to bat with Kennedy Beard and Jacy Ummel on the base paths and one out, and took the third pitch of the at-bat over the wall for her second dinger of the game and sixth of the season for the 4-3 score. The Generals got the Jaguars up and down in order in the seventh to clinch the victory.
Kasey Cazares (4-0) got the win in relief of Madison Resch, pitching the final two innings and not giving up a hit while she struck out three Jaguars and walked two. Julinn Torres was the only multi-hit batter for LSUA in game two, with both hits being home runs that drove in all four Generals runs in the win.
“Our team showed a lot of heart today,” said LSUA head coach Jerry Breaux. “They never quit competing and that’s what good teams do. They believe in themselves and each other in crucial moments. Julinn Torres delivered two clutch home runs in the second game, and she’s the one we want at the plate in those crucial situations with the game on the line.”
The 22nd-ranked Generals and 18th-ranked Jaguars will try to settle the series with another doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is set for noon at Generals Field.