Senior Andrew Gross (SR/Alvin, TX) tied the University of Houston-Victoria career home run record Saturday as the Jaguars finished the season with a split of a doubleheader against the Our Lady of the Lake Saints at Riverside Stadium.
Gross blasted his 16th home run of the season and 38th of his career in the opening game of the doubleheader, a 15-10 loss in a Red River Athletic Conference contest. The Jaguars bounced back to take the non-conference nightcap 3-0 on a four-hit shutout.
Gross' 38th home run ties the career mark of David Baker, who set the record in 2011 after four seasons with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars end the year with a 21-24 record and a 13-14 conference mark, while OLLU finishes at 23-27, 13-12 in conference.
The Saints used two five-run innings to capture the opening contest as the teams combined for 30 hits and 25 runs.
The Saints tallied five runs in the first inning and built a 6-0 lead before the Jaguars broke through in the third. Joshua Fonseca (SO/Pasadena, TX), who was 4-for-5, slapped a two-out single to score Jacob Atkinson (SO/Harlingen, TX), who had doubled, for the Jaguars first run.
The Jaguars added an unearned run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Chase Almendarez (JR/Round Rock, TX) to cut the lead to 6-2.
After the Saints tallied a solo run in the fifth, the Jaguars struck back for two more in the bottom of the inning. Fonseca drove the first run home with a two-out double and Derek Maciejeski (FR/Tomball, TX) followed with a single to left to score Fonseca.
The Saints then looked to blow the contest open with a five run seventh, but the Jaguars answered right back with three in the bottom of the inning on a two-run home run by Almendarez and a RBI ground out by Jonathan Banuelos (JR/Arlington).
Gross then uncorked his solo home run with one out in the eighth and Chase Tamez (SO/Cypress, TX) followed with another solo shot to cut the lead to 12-9.
The Saints, who scored at least one run in every odd inning, added three in the night. The Jaguars tried to fight back but managed just one run on a fielder's choice ground out by Jacob Mihalski (JR/League City, TX), before a double play finished the game.
The Jaguars scored all the runs they needed in the fourth in the nightcap as Cesar Martinez and Bo Sheridan (SR/Sugar Land, TX) combined for a four-hitter.
Tamez opened the fourth with a walk and Fonseca was hit by a pitch. Maciejeski then beat out a infield bunt single, while Tamez and Fonseca raced home on an overthrow at first. Maciejeski would later score on another OLLU error.
Martinez gave up just three hits over five innings to earn his first win, while Sheridan tossed the final two for his first save.