Patience Pays Off As The Panthers Top Houston-Victoria In Midweek Action




Prairie View A&M Sports Information


PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – With the thought of a 10th inning, sophomore Brian Williams had the clutch hit, and the swing that turned the tide as the Prairie View A&M baseball team defeated the University of Houston-Victoria 10-9 in a close home victory at Tankersley Field on Wednesday.

The Jaguars took an early four run lead in the first frame, adding two more in the third (6-0).  In the Panthers half of the third, down by six a double to center field from freshman Alex Martinez scored sophomore Tracy Warren, who reached base on walk to get the team started. Following was a single down the left field line from B. Williams that allowed Martinez to come home and cut the deficit 6-2.

The Panthers struck again with the bases loaded, a single from senior Daniel Lingua landed him on second base with a double RBI, as both junior Andrew Garcia and sophomore Calvin Rucker came home for back-to-back runs. A double down the right field line from Warren brought forth a similar play as Lingua and junior Xavier Jefferson came home for two more runs tying the game at 6-6.

HVU posted three runs in the top of the fifth inning to take their lead back, before the Panthers answered with a single through the right side by Jefferson.  Warren singled to left center scoring Jefferson for his RBI to put PVAMU down by two runs (9-7).

Garcia opened the seventh with a triple to right center, before a ground out to second base from Jefferson brought Garcia in for a score. Lingua, which reached base on a hit by pitch was able to touch home plate off of an error by the pitcher, to tie the game 9-9.

Both teams went scoreless in the eighth inning and the tie was upheld. The bases were loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, when a single through the left side by Williams brought in Lingua to close out the ninth and seal the team’s 10-9 victory.

Lingua, Warren and Williams all had three hits apiece on the day. Warren also gathered 3 RBI. Sophomore pitcher Lorenzo Hardit took the win with only three hits allowed on 19 batters faced.

Next, the Panthers will return to the road as they travel to face the Arkansas – Pine Bluff in a three game Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) weekend series. The first game is set to begin on Friday, April 5 at 3 p.m., in Pine Bluff, Ark.

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