The University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars rallied from an eight-run deficit Friday to earn a split with the Our Lady of the Lady Saints in a Red River Athletic Conference doubleheader at Riverside Stadium.
After dropping a 9-7 decision in Game 1 to the Saints, the Jaguars scored nine runs down the stretch of Game 2 to rally for an 11-10 victory.
The Jaguars improve to 20-23 on the year and 13-13 in conference, while the Saints are now 22-26 and 12-12.
After OLLU went up 10-3 with a five run sixth, the Jaguars tallied eight runs over the next three innings to pull out the victory.
Jacob Atkinson (SO/Harlingen, TX) and Andrew Gross (SR/Alvin, TX) started the comeback with a pair of RBI singles in the sixth and Atkinson highlighted a four-run eighth with a three-run home run. The Jaguars then struck for a pair of unearned runs in the eighth on an RBI fielder's choice by Derek Maciejeski (FR/Tomball, TX) and an RBI single from Garrett Gray-Mathis (FR/Smithville, TX).
Nathaniel Pena (FR/Angleton, TX) worked the final two innings to earn the inning as it got a strike them out, throw them out double play to end the game. Pena is now 4-3 on the year.
The Saints scored in every inning of the first game to dash any hopes of the Jaguars' postseason.
Gross hit his team-leading 15th home run of the season in the opening game, a two-run shot in the fifth. He is now one home run shy of tying the UHV career home run mark of 38 set by David Baker.
Collin Quinn (FR/El Campo, TX) was tagged with the loss for the Jaguars after allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout over four innings.
The Jaguars and Saints resume the series on Saturday with a noon doubleheader.