University of Houston-Victoria baseball coach Terry Puhl today announced the signing of three more players to his 2018 roster.

 

Players signing letters of intent to play baseball for the Jaguars include Nicholas Ortiz of Odem, Gavin Trevino of Victoria and Tavo Valdes of League City.

 

Ortiz, a pitcher/infielder, helped guide the Odem Owls to the Class 3A bi-district playoffs this season. A two-time all-district selection,, he was chosen second team second baseman as a junior and third baseman as a senior.

 

This past season, Ortiz allowed only two earned runs during district play with an ERA of 1.28, while batting .319. He finished with 43 strikeouts and led the team with 19 runs scored.

 

On the A/B honor roll during his junior and senior years, Ortiz plans to study kinesiology sports management while attending UHV.

 

"I chose UHV because on my interest in their kinesiology programs, and the opportunity to continue my baseball career at the collegiate level," said Ortiz in committing to UHV.

Trevino, a pitcher and utility player, helped guide the Victoria East Titans to the District 27-5A title and an area playoff berth.

 

A two-time honorable mention all-district selection, he twice won an infield Gold Glove award. This past season he compiled a .250 batting average with 17 RBI and 18 runs scored.

 

Trevino plans to study kinesiology while attending UHV.

 

"It is a great school and has a great baseball program, Trevino said in making his commitment to UHV.

Valdes saw his Clear Springs Charges advance to the Class 6A Region 3 quarterfinals where they fell to eventually state champion Deer Park. The Chargers advanced to the playoffs as the District 24-6A runner-up and finished the season with a 20-15 record.

 

Valdes, a right-handed pitcher, is continuing to develop his skills this summer as a member of the Bay Area Cardinals.

 

He plans to study business and marketing while attending UHV.

 

"I chose to attend UHV for their award winning business school and to play baseball at the collegiate level," said Valdes in making his commitment.

 

The signings bring to nine the total number of players the Jaguars have signed so far for the 2018 season.