Jarvis Christian Bulldogs Take Two Against Houston Victoria 6-5, 9-4

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The Bulldogs two both ends of an important Red River Athletic Conference doubleheader Friday, 6-5 and 9-4.

Game One

One pitch into Fridays first game, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 1-0 after UH-Victoria lead off hitter Garrett Harrison deposited starter Joseph Lyall (SR/Richmond, TX)s first pitch over the left field fence, the first of three UH-Victoria homers on the afternoon.

The Bulldogs wasted little time in offsetting that homer scoring two in the bottom of the frame. Lawrence Anderson (JR/Merced, CA) singled to right, followed by a Jons Garcia walk. Austin Pulcher grounded out to third and Anderson took third on the play, with Garcia moving to second. Chase Martinez (SR/Tracy, CA) doubled doen the left field line drving in Anderson and Garcia to retake the lead 2-1.

UH-Victoria went back to the power in the third adding two more runs on a single and a home run to retake the lead 3-2.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Bulldogs struck back. Isnael De Los Santos singled to right followed by an Anthony Ortiz(JR/Bronx, NY) single to third. Chandler Mattews doubled to right driving in both De Los Santos and the pinch running Armond Barrios (SO/Detroit, MI).Matthews went to third on a UH-Victoria throwing error and then scored on an Alex Garcia(JR/Dallas, TX) single to right, to retake the lead 5-3.

In the top of the fifth, another 2-run homer by UH-Victoria knotted the score at five setting the stage for some bottom of the seventh heroics for the Bulldogs. Noel Sanchez(SR/Riverbank, CA) came in in relief of Lyall in the top of the sixth and gave up no hits, and no runs in two innings of work.

Pulcher led off the bottom of the 7th with a triple to the wall in center. UH-Victoria, looking to take away the squeeze bunt issued intentional walks to Martinez and De Los Santos. It appeard to work momentarily as Ortiz lined out to shallow left, too shallow for Pulcher to advance on the play. Joseph Castenada, pinch hitting for Brian Peguero (JR/Jersey City, NJ), worked the count and dropped a perfect squeeze bunt to the right of the pitchers mound allowing the charging Pulcher to score from third with the winning run.

For the Bulldogs offense, Pulcher went 2-for-4 with a run scored and DH Chase Martinez was 1-for-2 with two runs batted in. Chandler Matthews (SO/Tracy, CA) had a perfect afternoon from his pinch hitting role, going 1-for-1, driving in two and scoring a run.

Lyall went 5 innings, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits, walking 3 and striking out 6. Sanchez pitched two innings, giving up no runs on no hits and surrendering one walk in picking up the win.

Box Score

Game Two

In game two, the Bulldogs took the lead in the third inning and never looked back, taking the nightcap, 9-4.

Starter Ismael Lopez (FR/Edinburg, TX) gave up only a pair of hits through the first two innings, then his offense came alive in the bottom of the second. With two outs already on the board, Alex Garcia walked, then Johnston Williams (SO/Houston, TX) was hit by a pitch. Leadoff hitter Lawrence Anderson singled to left, driving in Garcia and moving Williams to third. Williams and Anderson both advanced after UH-Victoria had Anderson caught off first after straying to far towards second. Williams alertly broke for third, drawing a throw from the UH-Victoria first baseman and Anderson beat the return throw to second. Jonas Garcia (JR/Houston TX) then scorched a single to center, driving in Williams and Anderson to give the Bulldogs and early 3-0 lead.

UH-Victoria closed the gap in the top of the third scoring a pair, but the Bulldogs were up to the challenge in the bottom of the frame. Chase Martinez opened the inning with a walk and Ismael De Los Santos (JR/Far Rockaway, NY) reached on a fielders choice as Martinez was forced at second. Chandler Matthews was then plunked by a curve that didnt break. Armond Barrios came in as courtesy runner for Matthews. Angel Guillen (SR/Santa Maria, CA) then reached on a fielders choce and De Los Santos scored on the play with Barrios moving to second. Alex Garcia reched on another fielders choice and UH-Victoria was unable to get the out on the base paths. With Barrios at third, a UH-V wild pitch allowed Barrios to score and Guillen moved to third. An Anderson single to right drove in Guillen and Garcia to give the Bulldogs a 7-2 lead.

Things quieted down for the next three innings as Lopez kept things in check until giving way to Tyler Holt (JR/Middletown, CA) in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, the Bulldogs added an insurance run as UH-V pulled starter Jonathan Jimenez, whose slider had sent seven Bulldogs back to the bench via the strikeout. Austen Pulcher (SO/Baytown, TX) walked and stole second, and then took third on the catchers wide throw to second. Martinez was hit by a pitch, and Barrios came in as a pinch hitter for De Los Santos. Barrios drove in Pulcher with a sac fly to left.

UH-Victoria picked up an additional run in the top of the eighth on three hits, only to be answered in the bottom of the inning by the Bulldogs. Joshua Romero (FR/Houston TX) entered as a pinch hitter and singled to right, and stole second, moving to third on the wide throw from the catcher. Johnston Williams then singled to right driving in Romero for a Bulldog 9-3 lead.

UH-Victoria responded with a single run in the top of the ninth off reliever Jordan Garcia (SO/Orange Grove, TX).

Bulldog pitchers Lopez, Tyler Holt and Garcia allowed only four runs while scattering 12 UH-Victoria hits,while striking out 12 and walking only three.

Leadoff hitter Anderson had a big game for the Bulldogs, going 4-for-5 and driving in three runs. Jonas Garcia added two rbi. Third baseman Johnston Williams was 1-for-2 with a run scored and another driven in. Another Bulldog pinch hitter has a perfect game as Joshua Romerowas 1-for-1 with a run scored.

The Bulldogs, now 12-15, RRAC 3-5, on the season, host UH-Victoria for two more games Saturday with first pitch of game one at noon.

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