The Jaguars lost a nail-biter in their first game against the Saints.
The Saints did not waste a moment, getting on the scoreboard first with a home run in the first inning.
OLLU’s hitting prowess continued into the fourth, scoring two more home runs in the inning alone.
Although the Saints were knocking the ball out of the park, the game was a defensive battle. Neither side was allowing a runner on base.
The Jaguars came roaring back in the top of the sixth, scoring in back-to-back at-bats.
The score now 3-2 going into the sixth, the Jaguars had a chance to take the lead but the Saints’ defense held strong.
Final score 3-2, Saints win.
Head coach Nicole Dufour said the team’s hitting wasn’t timely.
“We need to put pressure early on and not wait until the last few innings to kind of put it all or nothing.”
Saints put on a home run derby
The Jaguars would drop their second game against the Saints.
OLLU set the tone early by hitting a grand slam in the first inning, giving them an early 7-0 run.
The Saints wouldn’t stop there. In the bottom of the second inning, OLLU would hit another home run to send two runners to score. In the third, the Saints hit one final home run. The lead was 11-0 going into the fourth.
The Jaguars were sound defensively, but the Saints were showing why they were one of the top-ranked teams in the conference.
The game would end in the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule. The rule states that the contest will be stopped if one team is up by 10 runs going into the 5th inning.
Final score 13-0.
Senior infielder Melissa Gonzalez said the team needs to take the pressure off themselves. To win games Gonzalez said the team needs to relax and get back to having fun.
“I think sometimes we get stuck where we’re like, ‘Oh my gosh we need to make something happen,’” Gonzalez said. “We know [OLLU] are competitors but we want to compete as well.”
Dufour said this game had no bearing on the Jaguars’ postseason eligibility so the team needs to have a short memory.
“We just got to flush this and move on.”
The Jaguars’ next game will be back-to-back games against the University of Houston-Victoria on March 14. Both games will take place at Tejeda Sports Complex.