Jaguars continue to roll, complete sweep of LSU-Alexandria
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UHV at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6:30 p.m.
UHV coach Terry Puhl attended a baby dedication for his granddaughter and missed the start of Sunday's doubleheader.
But Andrew Thibodeaux welcomed his coach to Riverside Stadium in perfect fashion.
"I was walking in the parking lot," Puhl said. "They announced his name, and I heard a ping, and the next thing you know, I saw him run around. I said, 'Well, he must have nailed one.'"
Thibodeaux's solo home run on the first pitch of the Jaguars' first at-bat sparked a sweep of LSU-Alexandria and a sweep of the four-game series.
UHV (19-20) won the first game 6-3 and rallied for a 7-4 win in the second game to pull within a game of .500 heading into Tuesday's regular-season finale at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
"I was kind of expecting it," Thibodeaux said of his third home run of the season, which came against LSU-Alexandria starter Corey Thomas. "When we went down there, he did the same thing.
"First pitch kind of left one over the middle to start the game, and I hit a double down there. I came in today thinking, 'Hey, it's the same guy; he might try it again.' It just went out for me this time."
The Jaguars combined for 21 hits and scored two or more runs in four innings against the Generals (35-17), who swept four games from them last week in Louisiana.
"We just went out and hit the ball," said catcher Brandon Bohanon. "We hit the ball well when we were there; we just hit it right at them. This time, we hit the ball where they weren't."
Bohanon hit a ball off of the scoreboard in left field in the second game for his team-leading fourth home run.
Bohanon, Thibodeaux and Josh Boothe each totaled five RBIs in the doubleheader.
"I've always felt confident at the plate," Bohanon said. "The last couple of years have been a struggle for me. This year, I'm just finally coming into my own. I'm relaxing up there and trying to put a good swing on the ball."
Chad Kruse and Stephen Shorkey each had a combined five hits as UHV had a lead in 12 of the 14 innings of the doubleheader.
"Coming out early gets everybody a little more pumped," Thibodeaux said. "I think it made everybody kind of settle down and not feel the pressure. We stayed confident at the plate and hit some good balls.
"In the second game, I think it was more situational," he added. "All of sudden, everybody started getting the base hits when we needed them and moving the runners better and started doing a couple of bunts, and they landed for us, and everything came around."
Orlando Quiroga was the winning pitcher in the first game, getting relief from Andre Del Bosque and Nick Huff, who earned the save.
Cory Hulsey got the win in relief of Andrew Walker in the second game, and Del Bosque earned the save.
"Our pitching was not bad," Puhl said. "We're working with Walker. It's his first year that he has extended himself throwing. If we could get him right, I feel real good.
"Brayden Blanton did a heck of a job yesterday for us. Orlando (Quiroga) did a good job. He threw well. Having Del Bosque get up in both games and serve as a closer in the second is good.
"These guys are key," he continued. "You know Huff is straightened out; he's throwing the ball well. We're going to go into playoffs where you're going to have to beat eight of our pitchers. They might only throw three innings at a time, but it will be a little different this year."
The Jaguars are on a six-game winning streak and are building some momentum as they head into the Association of Independent Institutions tournament, which opens May 1 at Riverside Stadium.
"We're just playing more as a team," Bohanon said. "Most people don't get the opportunity to play at the next level, and we're the lucky ones that do. We're out here having fun."
UHV 6-7, LSUA 3-4
LSUA 002 001 0 - 3 7 2
UHV 202 110 x - 6 11 1
Cory Thomas, Phillip Ingraffia (4) and Winn Smith. Orlando Quiroga, Andre Del Bosque (6), Nick Huff (7) and Brandon Bohanon, Matt Herrera (6), Bohanon (7). W: Quiroga (2-2). L: Thomas (9-2). S: Huff (2). Highlights: (LSUA) James Sloan 1 for 2, 2B, R; Dylan Edmiston 2 for 3, RBI. (UHV) Chad Kruse 3 for 4, 3B, R, RBI; Andrew Thibodeaux 2 for 4, solo HR, 2 R; Tyler Steiner 2 for 4, 2 R; Stephen Shorkey 2 for 4; Bohanon 1 for 4, 2B, 2 RBIs.
LSUA 210 100 0 - 4 9 2
UHV 043 000 x - 7 10 2
Adam Hines, Hunter Wallace (6) and Brandon Samson. Andrew Walker, Cory Hulsey (4), Andre Del Bosque (7) and Matt Herrera. W: Hulsey (1-0). L: Hines (4-4). S: Del Bosque (2). Highlights: (LSUA) Jay Bell 3 for 3, 2B, 2 R; James Sloan 2 for 3, 2B, RBI. (UHV) Stephen Shorkey 3 for 3, 2 R; Josh Boothe 1 for 2, 2 RBIs; Andrew Thibodeaux 2 for 4, 2 RBIs; Chad Kruse 2 for 4, 3B, 2B; Brandon Bohanon 1 for 4, solo HR. Records: LSUA 35-17; UHV 19-20.