SHREVEPORT, La. – A fast start at the plate, and solid pitching from starter Jordan Johnson and reliever Mike Herrera set up a morning showdown between the last two unbeaten teams in the Red River Athletic Conference Postseason Baseball Tournament. Texas A&M-Texarkana survived a late rally by University of the Southwest for an 8-6 victory. The Eagles play University of Houston-Victoria Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Eagles (28-22) scored five runs in the first inning, and two more in the second for a 7-1 lead. That lead slowly disappeared, and TAMU-T was in jeopardy of falling behind when Victoria (22-32)scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Bobby Galindo’s two-run homer in the eighth had Jaguar supporters optimistic. That changed dramatically after Herrera struck out the side in the ninth for the save.
Eagles strike early in postseason tournament
Texarkana’s big first inning was ignited by a two-run double by Jaylan Prince. Three batters later Ethan Rodriguez smashed a two-run dinger for the Eagles.
Eight of the Eagles’ 12 hits came from the first four batters in the lineup. Wyatt Stavinoha scored twice and drove in a run with two singles. Cole Chambers contributed two singles and scored a run. Hunter Reid added two hits, a run scored and RBI, and Prince also had a single.
Johnson pitched well during his six-inning stretch, allowing two runs. He walked two and struck out six. The next two Eagles to the mound struggled, and Southwest scored five runs over three innings to make it 8-6.
Southwest plays host LSU-Shreveport at 12:30 Sunday in an elimination game. The winner will play the loser of the morning game. A win Sunday morning, and Monday would give the Eagles their first RRAC baseball championship.
Jaguars beat TAMU-T twice for softball title
The University of Houston-Victoria (19-22) softball team defeated regular season champion Texas A&M-Texarkana (29-8) twice to win the RRAC Postseason Softball Tournament. The Jaguars were the fifth seed, but won four straight in the tournament in Pineville, La. They beat the Eagles, 4-2 and 6-1.
Michelle Krisstoff was the winning pitcher, while Anna Westberry took the loss. Brianna Leon led the Jaguars at the plate with a two-run single. Cassidy Lee had two singles for Texarkana.
The Eagles are in good position to earn an at-large bid to the NJCAA Regionals.