UHV completes three-game sweep of Fisher College
Nick Huff has a new role, but he's s getting back to his old routine.
Huff's moving from UHV's starting rotation to the closer's role he held last season.
"It's kind of a mid-season transition and it's something tough to deal with," the senior from Groveton said. "I did it all last year, so I think I can do it again."
Huff made his final start a productive one, going five innings and picking up the win in the Jaguars' 5-4 victory over Fisher College in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Riverside Stadium.
UHV (9-16) completed its first three-game sweep of the season with a 5-4 win over the Falcons (8-11) in the second game.
"We're getting some offense and we're grinding with the pitching," said UHV coach Terry Puhl.
Puhl and pitching coach Doug Heinold felt Huff would be more productive for the Jaguars out of the bullpen.
"He did that role last year for us and did it well," Heinold said. "He went up to Canada (in the summer) and did really well with that reliever role. There are not as many games in the near future so we had to make some decisions on our bullpen vs. our starting roles."
Huff has had mixed results as a starter. He threw 44 of his 81 pitches against Fisher College for strikes, while yielding seven hits and four earned runs.
"As a reliever he can come in and just fire away and try to knock them out," Heinold said. "He's had a little bit of trouble with his changeup off and on. Some days it's good and some days it's not. Being a pure starter, you really need to have your changeup going."
Huff isn't worried about being physically ready for the transition.
"It really doesn't matter, but I am excited because I can come in and do the job," he said. "Coach trusts me, so I'm ready for it."
Brayden Blanton was the closer for the Jaguars in the first game. He pitched two scoreless innings, yielding only one hit and striking out three.
UHV held a 4-2 lead until the Falcons tied the game with a pair of runs in the fifth. But Josh Ledesma put the Jaguars back on top with his first collegiate home run.
"They were working me away, working me away and they finally came in with an inside pitch," Ledesma said. "Today the way the park was playing, just get one up and anything can happen."
Cory Carter pitched his second complete game of the season in the nightcap. He surrendered only three hits and struck out nine.
Fisher College did all its damage in the fourth inning, with a pair of walks and home runs by Joshua Boyd and Yuliano Rodriguez.
Dylan Blaha, Chad Kruse and Josh Boothe each had two hits for the Jaguars in the second game.
The winning run came home on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Shorkey in the sixth.
NOTES: UHV returns to Riverside Stadium on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a single game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
UHV owns a 18-3 advantage over Fisher College in the all-time series.
UHV 5-5, Fisher College 4-4
Fisher College 110 020 0 - 4 8 1
UHV 211 010 x - 5 8 0
Casey Reed, Izzy Veliz (6) and Brett Ramon. Nick Huff, Brayden Blanton (6) and Brandon Bohanon, Matt Herrera (7). W: Huff (2-4). L: Reed (1-2). S: Blanton (1). Highlights: (FC) Eridani Dume 2 for 4, R, RBI; Anthony Peguero 2 for 3, 2B, R; Joshua Boyd 1 for 2, RBI. (UHV) Blanton 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 K; Josh Ledesma 2 for 2, solo HR, R, 2 RBIs; Tyler Steiner 1 for 3, R, RBI.
Fisher College 000 400 0 - 4 3 2
UHV 020 201 x - 5 10 1
Brian Rosa, Mike Callahan (2), Izzy Veliz (5), Christopher Cantu (5) and Sammy Alejandro. Cory Carter and Brandon Bohanon, Matt Herrera (6). W: Carter (2-3). L: Cantu (0-1). Highlights: (FC) Joshua Boyd 1 for 3, 3-run HR; Yuliano Rodriguez 2 for 3, solo HR, 2B. (UHV) Carter 7 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 9 SO; Dylan Blaha 2 for 4, 2 RBIs; Chad Kruse 2 for 3, 2B; Tyler Steiner 1 for 2, 3B, R, RBI; Joshua Boothe 2 for 3, R; Andrew Thibodeaux 2 for 3, 2B, RBI. Records: Fisher College 8-11; UHV 9-16.