Baseball concludes season with loss to University of Houston-Victoria

The No. 3-seed OLLU baseball team fell to No. 8-seed University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) in the consolation bracket of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Baseball Tournament to end the 2022 season. The Saints finish 31-24 overall while the Jaguars improve to 22-25.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney commented, “I’m very proud of this team. We faced a lot of adversity this season, and from how things started out to where we went this group continued to work. This was our third 30-win season in a row. We didn’t finish how we wanted, but we rolled with some young players and this experience will pay off for them. Our seniors continued to believe and give us their all every day. They took pride in being a Saint and have taken our program to another level. I love each and every one of them. Now it’s our returners turn to carry the torch.”

History

The Saints were 23-13 against the Jaguars prior to the game.

Basics

The Jaguars strung together five runs in the first six innings. The Saints were able to score their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Jarod Smith (FR/Baytown, Texas) singled to score Matthew Klar (SR/San Antonio, Texas). Houston-Victoria added two more runs in the seventh inning on a walk and a fielder’s choice. Despite being down 7-1, the Saints battled back. They scored four runs in the bottom of the frame to cut the Jaguars lead to two. The scoring started when Jacob Mitchell (SR/Harker Heights, Texas) walked with bases loaded to allow Sebastian Ledezma (FR/Los Fresnos, Texas) to score. Klar hit a two-run double to left field and Jimmy Valle (FR/San Antonio, Texas) later scored on a Francisco Martinez (FR/San Antonio, Texas) ground out. Houston-Victoria’s offense carried its momentum into the top of the eighth inning by scoring 12 runs. The Saints lost 19-5 to end the 2022 campaign.

Starting pitcher Javier De Alejandro (FR/San Antonio, Texas) suffered the loss after allowing three earned runs with five strikeouts in three innings of work. The Saints used six relief pitchers that combined to allow 15 earned runs. Robert Arredondo (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas), Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Klar all had a multi-hit game.