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Saints send the Jags home; OLLU showers A&M-San Antonio with home runs

Saints send the Jags home; OLLU showers A&M-San Antonio with home runs - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Kiara McCoy, infielder for Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s softball team, makes a jumping catch during game two against Our Lady of the Lake University’s Saints on March 11, 2023 at Our Lady of the Lake University’s softball field. Photo by Tim Danger Ramos.

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. 

About the Author

Matthew Lopez
Sports Editor
Matthew Lopez is a junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio majoring in communications. Matthew received his associate degree along with his high school diploma in 2018. In his downtime he likes to go to the gym, watch sports and write poetry. He hopes to have a career in journalism where he can report on anything and everything — as long as he gets to continue writing, that is enough for him.

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