UHV softball reaches regional final against Lubbock Christian

LUBBOCK - The hitting of Alex Holland helped UHV win twice Tuesday and move into the championship game of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round Tournament at PlainsCapital Park.

The Jaguars (31-21) won elimination games over Northwood University 6-4 and Friends University 9-7.

UHV will play Lubbock Christian on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Lubbock Christian beat Friends 8-0 on Tuesday.

The Jaguars must win twice to earn a spot in the NAIA softball National Championship Tournament.

Holland had two hits, including a double, as UHV rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Northwood.

Ashley Winegart had a home run, double, and three RBIs for the Jaguars, who had nine hits.

Casey Sax added two hits, including a double, and a RBI, and Ashley Shannon hit a solo home run.

Dawn Villegas relieved Holland and pitched five innings, yielding one run to earn the win.

The Jaguars trailed Friends 7-4 heading into the top of the sixth inning, before scoring four times to take the lead.

Holland's three-run home run - her second of the tournament against Friends - put UHV on top to stay.

Shannon had two hits, including a solo home run, and Jena West went 4 for 5 with two RBIs for the Jaguars, who had 12 hits.

Holland relieved Villegas in the first inning to earn the win.

UHV 6, Northwood 4

UHV 100 130 1 - 6 9 1

Northwood 003 010 0 - 4 11 3

Alex Holland, Dawn Villegas (3) and Kristina Droz. Megan Spence and Kaylan Pruitt. W: Villegas. L: Spence. Highlights: (UHV) Ashley Winegart 2 for 4, HR, 2B, R, 3 RBIs; Casey Sax 2 for 4, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Holland 2 for 4; Ashley Shannon 1 for 3, solo HR; (N) Pruitt 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs.

UHV 9, Friends 7

UHV 040 004 1 - 9 12 1

Friends 311 020 0 - 7 9 2

Dawn Villegas, Alex Holland (1) and Kristina Droz. Christina Tyler, Kelsey Garner (2) and Michelle Teo. W: Holland. L: Garner. Highlights: (UHV) Holland 2 for 4, 3-run HR, 2 R; Ashley Shannon 2 for 4, solo HR, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Jena West 4 for 5, 2 RBIs. (F) Courtney Kifer 2 for 4, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Christina Downs 2 for 5, 2B, R, 2 RBIs. Records: UHV (31-21); Friends (43-8).