Two UHV Jaguars named Second Team All-Americans

Two University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars are part of the 2009 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Baseball All-Americans selected by the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) All-America Selection Committee.

Senior pitcher Ray Maldonado of Cuero and outfielder Zane Williams, who hails from Devil’s Pocket, Texas, were honored as Second Team All-Americans.

Maldonado, a right-hander, went 10-0 in 2009 with an earned run average of 2.43 in 14 starts.His win total tied him for third best in the NAIA.Maldonado stuck out 96 batters and walked only 32 in 78.1 innings.His 14 strikeouts in a win over Bacone on Feb. 7 set a new school record.In his two-year career at UHV, Maldonado went 19-2 with an ERA of 2.53.He pitched 142 innings, striking out 180 batters and walking 45.

Williams’ only season at UHV was impressive. He set several single-season school records, including home runs (17), RBIs (78) and slugging percentage (.799).Williams, a transfer from Southern Arkansas University, also batted .374 and was named NAIA Athlete of the Week for the week of March 16.

The Jaguars are coached by former Houston Astros outfielder Terry Puhl and qualified for the opening round of the 2009 NAIA Baseball National Championships in the second year of UHV’s athletics program.

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