UHV announces 2009 baseball schedule; season tickets also on sale

The University of Houston-Victoria announced its schedule today for the 2009 baseball season in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.This year’s 50-game calendar features 24 home games, all at Riverside Stadium.

The Jaguars season opener takes place Jan. 24, when the Jags host Wiley College in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader.

“This year’s schedule will be a good test of our players,” UHV Athletic Director Ashley Walyuchow said. “We have games scheduled against two teams ranked in the preseason NAIA poll, as well as last year’s Red River Athletic Conference Champion.”

The Jaguars will host No. 17 Texas Wesleyan on March 2.On April 8, the Jaguars will visit No. 15 LSU-Shreveport. RRAC champion Northwood University will visit UHV Jan. 30 and 31. The Jags will play five games at Northwood in March.

“We’ve made a conscious effort to improve the level of competition in 2009,” UHV head baseball coach Terry Puhl said.“This will certainly help us prepare for hosting a playoff tournament.”

UHV will host the inaugural Association of Independent Institutions (AII) Baseball Championship April 30 to May 3.According to Walyuchow, the tournament is essentially a conference championship for NAIA member universities that do not belong to a conference.

Walyuchow also noted some other games that should draw local interest, including three games against NCAA Division 2 powerhouse Texas A&M-Kingsville and Southwestern University (NCAA Division 3).

“Both of those programs have been successful in the NCAA,” Walyuchow said. “Plus, there are some local connections to both those schools: Many of their alumni live in the area, and Jason Gonzales, TAMUK head baseball coach, is a Cuero native.”

“Our schedule also should benefit local businesses,” Walyuchow said. “Teams from Texas, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Massachusetts will all visit Victoria and will spend money in our hotels and restaurants.

“This spring, the AII tournament will bring an additional 300 to 400 people to town during a five-day span.”

Baseball season tickets are on sale at the UHV athletic office, 3007 N. Ben Wilson in Room 122 of the University Center. Reserved seats are $200. General admission season tickets are $100.Passes for the AII baseball tournament are also on sale.Season ticket holders have right of first refusal, Walyuchow said.

2009 UHV Jaguars Baseball Schedule

*Home games in bold
*Schedule dates and times subject to change

Saturday 24 vs. Wiley College (DH) 1 p.m.
Friday  30  vs. Northwood University (DH)  2 p.m. 
Saturday  31  vs. Northwood University  1 p.m. 

Sunday  vs. Southwestern University (NCAA D3)  2 p.m. 
Wednesday  vs. TAMUK (NCAA D2)  6 p.m. 
Saturday  @ Bacone (DH)  12 p.m. 
Sunday  @ Bacone  12 p.m. 
Friday  13  @ UT Brownsville  6 p.m. 
Saturday  14  @ UT Brownsville (DH)  1 p.m. 
Friday  20  vs. LSU Alexandria  7 p.m. 
Saturday  21  vs. LSU Alexandria (DH)  1 p.m. 
Tuesday  24  @ TAMUK (NCAA D2)  6 p.m. 

Monday  vs. Texas Wesleyan (DH)  1 p.m. 
Thursday  @ Northwood University  2 p.m. 
Friday  @ Northwood University  2 p.m. 
Saturday  @ Texas Wesleyan  2 p.m. 
Sunday  @ Texas Wesleyan (DH)  12 p.m. 
Friday  13  @ Northwood University (DH)  2 p.m. 
Saturday  14  @ Northwood University  12 p.m. 
Sunday  15  vs. Cardinal Stritch (Milwaukee, WI)  2 p.m. 
Wednesday  18  @ Huston-Tillotson (DH)  TBA 
Thursday  19  vs. Fisher College (Boston, MA)  7 p.m. 
Friday  20  vs. Fisher College (Boston, MA)  12 p.m. 
Saturday  21  vs. Fisher College (Boston, MA)  7 p.m. 

Wednesday  vs. Alvin Community College (DH)  5 p.m. 
Sunday  vs. UT Brownville  3 p.m. 
Wednesday  @ LSU Shreveport (DH)  4 p.m. 
Friday  10  @ LSU Alexandria  7 p.m. 
Saturday  11  @ LSU Alexandria (DH)  1 p.m. 
Wednesday  15  vs. Huston-Tillotson (DH)  3 p.m. 
Saturday  18  vs. UT Brownsville  6 p.m. 
Sunday  19  vs. UT Brownsville (DH) 12 p.m. 
Tuesday  21  @ TAMKU (NCAA D2) 6 p.m. 
Saturday  24  @ UT Brownsville (DH)  TBA 
Sunday  25  @ UT Brownsville  TBA 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ashley Walyuchow