Naomi Trevino came charging in and slid on her knees, her glove stretched out to her side.
She felt like she had it but wasn't sure. If the ball scorched by Texas Southern's Thomasina Garza - who had spent both ends of Wednesday's doubleheader ripping the ball all over Championship Field - got past her, it meant a tie ballgame.
She looked at her glove, more surprised than anything. In it, a large yellow ball - the final out.
"I didn't want to lose it," said the junior transfer from Coastal Bend College. "Once I catch it, I wanted to make sure I have it in my glove because if I don't come up with it, that's bad in that situation."
Trevino's catch helped seal a split for UHV in its season-opening doubleheader Wednesday with Division I Texas Southern. The Jaguars (1-1) dropped the first game 4-3 before rallying late from a four-run deficit to beat the Tigers in the second game 8-7.
"It was a little nerve wracking to get a catch like that," she said. "I was real nervous in the outfield, but I did my job."
"I knew she had it, she just made it real interesting," said UHV head coach Keri Lambeth.
Trevino also added a key walk that started the Jaguars go-ahead rally in the sixth inning. After being sacrificed over to second by Isabel Soto, Brittany Arredondo picked up her fifth hit of the day to drive her in, the first of three runs that gave UHV the lead.
"We were just on the pitchers the entire time. ... I just so happened to come up to bat, got a walk and Brittany hit me around."
Arredondo, the Jaguars' senior third baseman, keyed UHV's offense all day long, going 3 for 4 with a double and two runs in the first game and 2 for 3 with a walk, an RBI and another three runs.
The top four batters in the lineup - seniors Arredondo and Ashley Winegeart and juniors Alex Holland and Ashley Shannon - picked up 13 of UHV's 20 hits in both games and added three walks.
"We had the momentum, and they kept it going," Lambeth said. "One big hit can make a big change in everything. We had a couple people walk, and they were disciplined at the plate."
Trevino said she fit in from the start. She arrived late, enrolling in UHV at the start of the spring semester and joining the team.
Being close to home helps, too. The Port Lavaca native, who was one of the stars of the Calhoun softball team that reached the regional semifinals in 2010, is enjoying herself at UHV so far.
"The first day of practice, I felt like I was at home," Trevino said. "The girls were more inviting. There was more of a team essence. That's pretty much what brought me here."
Lambeth said Trevino has worked her way into the team's leadership, despite having only been with the team for a few weeks.
"She's doing a great job," Lambeth said. "She's really stepped into a leadership role, and we're very proud of what she's doing."
NOTES• PITCHING NOTES: All four pitchers for UHV saw action Wednesday, with varying success. Lambeth said senior Dawn Villegas, junior Megan Carter and sophomores Alicia Fikac and Tanya Carlson will all see action this season. Villegas gave UHV six innings in the first game, allowing two earned runs. Carter pitched in both games, Fikac started the second game, and Carlson - a newcomer from Navarro College - stopped the bleeding in the second game with 3 innings of two-hit, one-run ball. "We're going to utilize all of our pitchers this season," Lambeth said. "That game was just a case in point where all of them can be effective."
• BIG HIT: Marley Moehrig's double in the second game was the big hit the Jaguars had been waiting for all day. It helped UHV post their first crooked number of either game, with three runs to pull them within one. It also helped the junior outfielder from Victoria break a slump, she said. "I'm not too good on the outside," said Moehrig, who said she drove a pitch on the outside part of the plate for the two-RBI double. "She threw two on the outside. When I get two strikes, you just have to look for your pitch."
• NEXT GAME: UHV is at the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth this weekend before road doubleheaders next weekend against Houston Baptist University and Texas Southern University. UHV is next at home Feb. 27 for a doubleheader against Texas A&M University Kingsville (4-7).