The Texas Wesleyan baseball team split a doubleheader April 14 with the University of Houston-Victoria, losing the first game 4-2 but winning the second 6-2.
The Jaguars got an early lead in the first game in the second inning, with three runs putting the Rams down early 3-0.
However, Taylor Jockers, senior outfielder, earned a run off of a hit from Stephen Niedwiecki, senior first baseman. At the end of the third inning, the score was 3-1, with the Jaguars in the lead.
Niedwiecki hit another double giving the Rams one run, to change the score with the Rams still down one, 3-2.
The Jaguars scored another run on the Rams that put the game out of reach 4-2.
Alex Padilla, junior catcher, said he was disappointed how the first game turned out.
“We were a little sluggish, and we should have won the first game, but no one really came out to play,” Padilla said.
Christian Soberanes, senior shortstop, said the lack of execution on hitting really hurt the team.
“I thought we hit pretty good, but we weren’t able to execute on those hits,” Soberanes said. “We didn’t get some bunts down that were crucial and really cost us the game.”
The second game of the double header started with a quick run from the Jaguars to put them up 1-0.
The Rams did not give up, and Justin Barnes, senior first baseman, fought right back with a single home run to tie the score 1-1 at the bottom of the second.
The Rams continued to fight back in the third inning, while Barnes continued his hitting streak with a double that scored another run, putting the Rams up 2-1.
Both teams were going back and forth until the Jaguars tied the game up in the top of the sixth inning 2-2.
The Rams fired back in the bottom of the sixth, gaining four big runs. Joel Horton, freshman shortstop, had one of the runs off a hit from Vincent Winter, junior outfielder.
Brian White, junior catcher, added to the score when he hit a double to right center giving the Rams a 5-2 lead.
Niedwiecki hit another double to give the Rams their final score of the game 6-2.
Dillon Wilson, senior pitcher, said his team did not give up after the loss.
“We couldn’t really find it in the first game, but the second game we came together and showed how we really can play,” Wilson said.
Wilson said staying consistent at the plate has to continue, in order to be successful until the end of the season.
“We can stay consistent by staying together as a team, especially now that we are this close to playoffs, and we have to keep backing each other up,” Wilson said.
Padilla said the team got the win because they knew they had to score in the last inning to preserve their chance of being in the top 25.
Wilson said he believes if the Rams are going to continue to win, execution has to be the key.
“We have to have the hitters stay not only relaxed at the plate, but confident and execute on the small things. That is what wins big games is execution,” Wilson said.
The baseball team will play again at 6 p.m. April 20, against Louisiana State University- Shreveport in Louisiana.
Emma Fradette
ekfradette@txwes.edu

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