The University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars will be looking to make a move in the Red River Athletic Conference baseball standings this weekend when the face off with the University of the Southwest in a three-game series in Hobbs, N.M.
The Jaguars (6-9 overall, 3-3 in RRAC) and Mustangs (14-12, 4-2) will face off in a noon doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday.
UHV took three-of-four from the Mustangs last year in the only meeting between the two schools.
The Jaguars recently took two-of-three from Jarvis Christian and come into the weekend with a .252 batting average.
Senior Andrew Gross (SR/Alvin, TX) continues to provide the fireworks for the Jaguars offense with a .469 batting average. He has hit safely in 13 of the Jaguars' 15 games and has put together seven multi-hit games so far this season.
He leads the NAIA in slugging percentage (1.000), is third in home runs per game (0.467) and third in total bases per game (3.267). He leads the team with 23 hits, 16 RBI, seven homes runs, five doubles, 14 walks and a 0.594 on-base percentage.
Derek Maciejeski (FR/Tomball, TX), while hit his first collegiate home run Tuesday in a 4-2 win over Texas A&M-International, follows Gross with a .370 batting average, while Allen Westmoreland (SR/Pearland, TX) is hitting at a .256 clip and Jacob Mihalski (JR/League City, TX) at a .255 clip.
The Mustangs come in having won eight of their last 10 games but are coming off a conference series where they dropped two of three to LSU-Alexandria. The Mustangs were swept in the opening doubleheader 5-0 and 2-1, before bouncing back with a 4-0 win in the series finale.
Payton Chacon leads the offensive attack for the Mustangs with a .404 batting average, a .702 slugging percentage, 19 RBI and three home runs. Isiah Peters has tacked on a .366 average with 15 RBI, Felipe Lopez a .358 average with 19 RBI and Ean Smith a .345 average and 11 RBI.
The rest of the RRAC schedule for this weekend has LSUA at Texas College, Wiley at Jarvis Christian, Our Lady of the Lake at Texas A&M-Texarkana and Huston-Tillotson at LSU-Shreveport.