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CORPUS CHRISTI - Buc Days festivities continued on Saturday with a jalepeño eating contest.

Hernando Bacosa won the contest after wolfing down six jalapenos in one minute.

Bacosa, who is from Port Aransas, was pulled from the crowd to join in on the contest.

He is a big fan of peppers, and he says, "the hotter the better."

"I want to finish all of this. I want to bring them home. I love peppers!" said Bacosa.

He won a $100 Whataburger gift card.


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Prices at the Gas Pump on the Rise Continuous News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 9:11:29 PM Prices at the Gas Pump on the Rise

CORPUS CHRISTI - People are driving up to more pain at the pump on this Easter weekend.

Gas prices are in the middle of their typical spike in the spring, and many drivers say they're having a hard time keeping up.

Prices in Corpus Christi are now averaging $3.48 a gallon for regular unleaded, according to

That's up six cents from last week, and up 20 cents from just a month ago. Joe Mondragon, who lives in Portland, says the prices at the pump usually keep him close to home.

Although he is heading out of town for Easter, he says if prices continue to go up, it's an expense that he may not be willing to take on for upcoming holidays and the summer.

"It's too much. I mean, for us to be paying that price and we have a lot of oil and gas. It's not right," Mondragon says.

Things are only expected to get more painful at the pump over the next month. Analysts expect a hike of ten cents or so by May.

The first time we'll see a noticeable drop in prices, experts say, is in September. They predict the national average will fall below the $3.50 mark at that time.


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Islanders Complete Sweep of Northwestern State Continuous News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 8:56:48 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Complete Sweep of Northwestern State

NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Northwestern State with a 4-3 win against the Demons on Saturday at Brown-Stroud Field.

The win kept the Islanders (22-19, 12-6 Southland) in a three-way tie for first place, while Northwestern State (22-17, 10-8) remains in a tie for fourth.

Brandon Tierney notched his fifth straight three hit game, as he 3-for-4 at the dish with one run scored and driven in. He now owns a 12-game hit streak, and has multi-hit games in eight of the last nine with nine RBIs.

In the series, Tierney went 9-of-13 and also had two walks and hit by pitches for a .765 on-base percentage to go along with two home runs and six RBIs.

The rest of the team also reached base at a high frequency against Northwestern State, hitting .311 with a .385 OBP, while having at least one runner on in 29 of the 31 innings.

The bullpen had a fantastic day in the finale for the Islanders, as starter Devin Skapura only went 1 2-3, giving up all three runs on the day, before the pen gave up just three hits and no runs in the final 7 1-3.

Kevin Landgrebe and Jacob Dorris combined to throw hitless and scoreless ball over the final 3 2-3 innings to lock the game up for the Islanders. On the series, the duo went 10 2-3 innings, giving up two hits and no runs, while picking up two wins by Landgrebe to go along with two saves by Dorris.

The Demons jumped out to a quick lead, as in the first they picked up back-to-back two-out knocks to bring around the first run of the game to go up by one. Northwestern State continued to pick up some big two-out hits in the second inning, as it strung together three singles to plate two more runs in the second to jump out to a 3-0 lead, chasing Skapura from the game.

It was Tyler Schnuriger who came on in relief with runners on second and third with still two away, and he came up with a big ground out to keep the Islanders within striking distance.

A&M - Corpus Christi struck in a hurry in the top of the third to chip into the lead, as Jordan Lee and Tierney had consecutive doubles to score the first Islanders' run. Tyler Ware then followed with his fifth triple of the season, which leads the Southland, to bring Tierney in to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

After Schnuriger threw a scoreless third, A&M - Corpus Christi tallied another run in the fourth to tie the game up at three. Frankie Salas got on to start the inning with a single, and then advanced to third on a sac bunt and a groundout. The Demons appeared to get out of the inning, as Cody Stephens hit a grounder to third, but the throw was in the dirt and allowed Salas to come in to score.

After scoreless inning from the fifth through the seventh, the Islanders put the heat on the Demons again, as Russell Vaughan led off the inning with a double to left center. Salas then stepped up and singled through the right side to put runners on the corners with no outs.

After Steven Spann got a strike out of pinch hitter Zack Gibson, Josh Garza laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze to bring Salas in to score the run to give the Islanders their first lead of the game at 4-3.

Landgrebe threw a perfect 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the eighth, and Dorris then came on to try to close out the game after a scoreless top half of the ninth.

Dorris got a quick two outs to start the inning, but then got into a jam by hitting the next three Demon hitters. However, Dorris came back to get a pop out to secure the win and pick up his fourth save of the season.

The Islanders will now play their final home midweek series Tuesday against Houston-Victoria before a three-game Southland series with Oral Roberts at Chapman Field.

For updates throughout the season, keep up with the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB), as well as on Facebook (IslandersBSB).


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Javelinas Split Doubleheader With Greyhounds Continuous News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 8:54:50 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas Split Doubleheader With Greyhounds

KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team was able to rally from behind in the opening game winning 7-4 over Eastern New Mexico, but a ninth inning rally in game two came up just short in a 6-4 loss.


With the loss, the Javelinas are now 29-14 overall and 20-9 in Lone Star Conference play. Eastern New Mexico is 22-21 on the year and 11-18 in the league. With two LSC series left in the season, the Hoggies are in first place by a game over West Texas A&M.


The Javelinas rallied from 4-2 down in the opener with five runs in the fifth. With one away, Taylor Taska and Ryan Guedry reached on back-to-back singles. Taska scored the first run on hit by James Black.


After Clint Wallace reached on an infield single to load the bases, Justin Lee tied the game with a bases loaded walk. Dustin Aguilar put down a bunt single that Matt Artalejo fielded and threw away down the right field line. Lee, Wallace and Aguilar all scored on the play.


Down 1-0 after the top of the first, Kingsville took the lead with two runs in the top of the third. Walls led the inning off with a double and stole third. After Taska walked, Walls scored as Guedry reached on an error. Taska raced home on a double by Brian Frazier, while Guedry was thrown out trying to score.


The Greyhounds scored three runs on five hits in the fourth to regain the lead and held it until the sixth when the Javelinas rallied.


Cody Williams earned the win in relief of Taska, who permitted four runs on nine hits in 3-1/3 innings. Williams moved to 5-5 as he tossed 2-2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. He had four strikeouts, walked one and allowed one hit. Ryan Scott earned his eighth save with a scoreless inning of work.


Artalejo suffered the loss as he allowed all seven runs on nine hits. Five of the runs were earned as he fell to 6-4.


Wallace had two of Kingsville's nine hits. Matthew Burks had four hits for Eastern.


In the second game of the doubleheader, Eastern jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first off starter Denver Diefenbach. They extended their lead to 6-2 before the Javelinas threatened in the ninth.


Burks was hit by a pitch from Diefenbach to start the game and moved to second as Brett Ackerman reached on an error. After Blake Cooper drove in Burks, Colton Sims doubled to left to score Ackerman and Cooper.


Diefenbach, who entered the weekend with conference-best eight wins, pitched two innings allowing all six runs with five earned. He gave up five hits.


Matt Rhodes came out of the bullpen and pitched seven scoreless innings to give the Hoggie offense a chance. He scattered three hits and walked one.


The Javelinas cut their deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the second as Brian Frazier led off the inning with a solo home run off ENMU starter Rusty Edwards, who lasted 2-1/3 innings. It was Frazier's third of the season.


After Julian Duran pulled Kingsville to within 6-2 with a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth, the Javelinas would not score again until the bottom of the ninth. With one away, Ryan Fickel was hit by a pitch, went to second as Aguilar walked and scored on a hit by Walls.


Miles Holcomb then came off the bench with a single to right loading the bases. Taska hit a sacrifice fly off Kyle Kesmarki to center to plate the second run of the inning. With the tying run at first, Guedry popped out to second for the final out of the game.


Jorge Quezada (1-1) claimed the win for Eastern tossing four innings of 2-hit baseball. He allowed one unearned run. Kesmarki earned his second save of the season.


Walls had three hits of Kingsville's seven hits in the finale to lead the Javelinas raising his average to .368. The Hoggies stranded nine. The Greyhounds had eight hits led by Sims with three.


The Javelinas step out of Lone Star play on Tuesday when they visit Austin for a crucial South Central Region matchup with St. Edwards at 2:30 p.m.



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Womens Tennis Earns Program-Best 18th Win with 5-2 Victory over UIW Continuous News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 8:51:53 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Womens Tennis Earns Program-Best 18th Win with 5-2 Victory over UIW

SAN ANTONIO - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team earned their 10th consecutive Southland Conference victory today with a 5-2 win over Incarnate Word (5-18, 1-11 SLC) to conclude regular-season road play. With the win, the Islanders (18-5, 10-1 SLC) have set a new program record of 18 wins and have now won 12 of their last 13 matches.

"Give Incarnate Word credit, it was their senior day and they really fought hard," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "This was not an easy match on the road. We lacked energy at the beginning in the doubles, but I felt like we really made the choice to come out with incredible energy and sense of purpose in the singles."

The Islanders, who have already secured a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament next weekend, hosted by Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, are at the top of the Southland standings with Northwestern State. The women's team is one match away from clinching their first ever Southland Conference regular-season title.

A&M - Corpus Christi dropped the doubles point today before winning five of the six singles matches today. The pair of Stefania Nicolae and Venesa Figueroa teamed up for the first time this season in the No. 3 slot to sweep Christina Rodriguez and Brianah Creek, 8-0. However, the Cardinals answered with wins on courts one and two to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The senior-freshman duo of Sandra Burges and Judit Vives snapped a three-match winning streak today after falling to Ivana Katavic and Andi Botha, 8-4, in No. 1 doubles. The tandem of sophomores Celia Rodriguez and Maider Martin then dropped a tight 8-5 loss in the No. 2 spot to Sarah Savedra and Jennifer Betancourt.

A&M - Corpus Christi answered back in singles play to win five straight-set victories. Kerry Galhos evened the match at 1-1 after winning her third straight match in No. 6 singles. The freshman cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Kelsey Reblin to improve to 13-3 in singles action and 9-1 in the Southland. Burges then followed suit with her program best 58th career-singles victory with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Taryn Strahl in No. 5 singles. The senior also improved her conference mark to 10-1 and her overall season record to 17-5. Martin padded the Islanders lead to 3-1 after downing Betancourt, 6-0, 6-0, in the No. 3 slot, to win her third straight match.

For the third consecutive match, Rodriguez clinched the match for the Islanders in No. 4 singles. The sophomore notched her 11th straight singles match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Botha and now has tallied a 15-0 record in the No. 4 spot. She also holds an overall 18-3 mark, including a 9-1 record in Southland action.

Vives also picked up her 11th consecutive singles victory with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Savedra in No. 2 singles. The freshman now holds a 17-1 singles record in her first year and a 10-1 mark in the conference. She has also registered a 5-0 mark at No. 2 singles.

The Cardinals picked up their second and final point of the day in No. 1 singles after Nicolae fell in a tough three-setter to Katavic. After dropping the first set, Nicolae bounced back to sweep the second set, 6-0. In the third, Katavic edged out the senior, 7-5.

The women's team will join the men's team for their final regular-season match on Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m. at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center against New Orleans. The match will also be the final regular-season match for seniors Burges, Nicolae, Ashley Garza, Cassie Shaw, along with Matt Westmoreland for the men's team.

For all the latest on Islanders Tennis, like the team on Facebook (IslandersTennis) and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersTennis).


Tennis Match Results

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi vs. Incarnate Word

4/19/2014 at San Antonio, Texas

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 5, Incarnate Word 2

Singles competition:

1. Ivana Katavic (UIW) def. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) 6-4, 0-6, 7-5

2. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Sarah Savedra (UIW) 6-0, 6-3

3. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Jennifer Betancourt (UIW) 6-0, 6-0

4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. Andi Botha (UIW) 6-2, 6-4

5. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Taryn Strahl (UIW) 6-1, 6-1

6. Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. Kelsey Reblin (UIW) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition:

1. Ivana Katavic/Andi Botha (UIW) def. Sandra Burges/Judit Vives (AMCC) 8-4

2. Sarah Savedra/Jennifer Betancourt (UIW) def. Celia Rodriguez/Maider Martin (AMCC) 8-5

3. Stefania Nicolae/Venesa Figueroa (AMCC) def. Christina Rodriguez/Brianah Creek (UIW) 8-0

Match Notes:

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 18-5, 10-1 SLC

Incarnate Word 5-18, 1-11 SLC

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,3,4,2,1)


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Kids Join Mutton Bustin' Mania Continuous News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 8:43:24 PM Ila Mar - Kids Join Mutton Bustin' Mania

CORPUS CHRISTI - It was mutton bustin' mania on the Bayfront Saturday.

Just in case you haven't heard of it, mutton bustin' is basically bull riding for the kids. They hop on a sheep and hold on for as long as they can.

And you better believe the competition was fierce. It may look easy, but these sheep put up a pretty good fight.

We spoke with one woman who drove her grand kids down all the way from Bastrop so they could participate.

"We got up at 4:00 AM this morning, rode into Corpus to make sure they could ride. This is there first, and one they did very well. I was scared," said grandmother, Mary Johson.

This is an annual event that's part of the Buc Days Rodeo.


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Vinyl Makes a Comeback in Coastal Bend Continuous News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 6:36:44 PM Ila Mar - Vinyl Makes a Comeback in Coastal Bend

CORPUS CHRISTI - Vinyl records are making a comeback!

Saturday was record store day at Disc-Go-Round. They had all kinds of vinyl out on the shelves, oldies, today's hits, even new release records.

People of all ages came out to flip through the vinyl to find music that best suits their taste.

One Disc-Go-Round employee says the reason why vinyl is so popular is because the music sounds practically live.

"It reproduces what sound is supposed to be like. Or as close to it as possible. And that's why i really think that a lot of people are getting back into vinyl. Because the sound is different," said employee Chris Rhome

Live bands started playing at eight and the doors closed at midnight.


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Fellowship of Oso Creek Easter Festival Continuous News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 6:30:47 PM Ila Mar - Fellowship of Oso Creek Easter Festival

CORPUS CHRISTI - One local church got a head start on their Easter celebration.

Thousands showed up at Fellowship of Oso Creek Church on Yorktown Saturday for their Easter festival. There were games, bounce houses, popcorn and even a petting zoo for the kids. Plus, CCPD and the fire department brought out their vehicles for the kids to see.

All you needed to get into the festival was a non-perishable food item.

"Everything is free. The reason we do that is simply to be able to invite the community and introduce ourselves to the community. To let them know that we're here as a church, we're here to support them. And most importantly, to let them know the good news about Easter, that Jesus Christ is risen," said Matt Brennan, Fellowship of Oso Creek Pastor.

This is the church's 14th year holding the festival, and they're already planning for next year.


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Islanders Sweep Series with 5-2 Victory over Lamar Continuous News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 5:09:05 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Sweep Series with 5-2 Victory over Lamar

BEAUMONT, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team put together another dominating performance today to roll past Lamar, 5-2, and sweep the series finale at Ford Park. The Islanders (13-30, 8-12 SLC) outhit Lamar (19-21, 12-8 SLC), who was in second place in the conference heading into the weekend, 25-14, in the three games combined.

Senior Valerie Perez powered the Islanders' offense, going 2-for-2 today with a home run. For the weekend, she hit .625 and blasted two home runs while chipping in six RBIs. Freshman Liz Carter also had a solid weekend in the Islanders' circle, posting two wins and a 0.93 ERA. She allowed just eight hits and two runs in 16 innings, while recording 10 strikeouts. Today, she did not allow any runs until the top of the seventh, while registering five strikeouts in seven innings for her 10th victory of the season.

The Islanders' bats came out strong in the opening frame to load the bases, but were unable to push any runs across. Hayley Galloway ripped a leadoff single to left center before being called out on a fielder's choice by Brittney Morse. With one out, Perez was hit by the pitch, before Carter loaded the bases with a single through the middle. The Lady Cardinals' pitcher Tina Schulz retired the side, leaving three Islanders stranded.

With two outs in the top of the third, Perez put the Islanders on the board after she cranked her sixth homer of the season and the second one of the series over the left field wall. The senior now has nine career home runs in her four years as an Islander.

A&M - Corpus Christi's defense continued to be aggressive, holding Lamar off the board after a two-hit top of the fourth put runners on first and second with two outs. After a fielder's choice and single to left field, Carter came up strong with her third strikeout of the game.

The Islanders put runners in scoring position in the top of the fifth with two outs. Morse reached on an infield error at shortstop before Perez blasted her second hit of the game to center field. With Morse on third and Perez at first, Carter hit a ground out to second to end the frame.

Carter then retired the next six Lady Cardinals in the fifth and sixth frames before the Islanders put together a four-run top of the seventh on four hits and one error by Lamar. Dani Tefft led off with a single through the right side before collecting her 11th stolen base of the season. In just her first two years she now has tied Andrea Simancas career record of 18 at No. 10 in the Islanders top-10 career records. Galloway followed with a single to right field before Morse hit a RBI ground out to plate Tefft and advance Galloway to second. After Perez reached on an intentional walk, Mickayla Cochran loaded the bases after she nailed a single to left field. J.J. Jackson then stepped to the plate and drilled a two-run single to center field to score Perez and Galloway. On the same play, a throwing error by Lamar advanced Jackson to second and scored Cochran to extend the Islanders lead to 5-0.

Lamar added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh after Ashley McDowell hit a two-run home run over the left field wall with one out. Carter settled in and retired the next two Lady Cardinals to earn her 10th victory in the Islanders' circle.

Along with Perez, Galloway added a pair of hits, while Carter, Cochran, Jackson, Tefft and Mackinzee Griebel all chipped in one apiece.

Carter (10-16) allowed just six hits and two runs, while striking out five in seven innings.

Schulz (8-11) recorded the loss for Lamar. She allowed seven hits, four runs and one walk, while striking out three in 6.1 innings.

The Islanders will travel to College Station, Texas, to take on Texas A&M in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 22. The first pitch is slated for 4 p.m.

For the latest information, follow Islanders Softball on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersSball) and Facebook (Islanders Softball).


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Warm & Breezy Easter Sunday Continuous News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 4:56:01 PM Meteorologist Matt Terhune, Warm & Breezy Easter Sunday

CORPUS CHRISTI- Mostly cloudy overnight and early Easter Sunday Morning. Low: 65. Wind: SE 5-10mph.

Sunday afternoon mostly cloudy, warm, and a bit breezy. High: 78. Wind: SE 10-20mph.

Monday stays mostly cloudy with low in the 60s and high near 80. A sprinkle or two is possible as a low pressure moves east far to our north.

Tuesday stays warm and partly cloudy. Windy Wednesday afternoon with highs in the 80s and lots of sunshine as high pressure takes over.

Thursday warm and windy and mostly cloudy again. Friday and Saturday are partly cloudy with lows near 70 and highs in the 80s.


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Islanders' Bats Strong in Doubleheader Sweep over Lamar Continuous News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 9:47:22 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders' Bats Strong in Doubleheader Sweep over Lamar

BEAUMONT, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team's bats ignited for a combined 16 hits en route to their second consecutive Southland series victory today over Lamar (19-20, 12-7 SLC) in a conference doubleheader at Ford Park.

Freshman Liz Carter recorded a one-hit shutout to power the Islanders (12-30, 7-12 SLC) to a 3-0 victory in the first game, while senior Valerie Perez went a perfect 3-for-3 with five RBIs, including a three-run home run in the seventh to lift the Islanders to a 8-4 victory in the second game.

The Islanders and Lady Cardinals will wrap the series on Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m.

For the latest information, follow Islanders Softball on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersSball) and Facebook (Islanders Softball).


The Islanders came out strong in the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead with a pair of hits. Hayley Galloway led off the frame with a walk before scoring on a RBI double by Brittney Morse to right center. After a fly out and ground out, Mickayla Cochran ripped an infield single to plate Morse for the second run of the game.

In the bottom of the first, Lamar's Casey Cromwell hit a double to right field. After back-to-back walks and a fielder's choice, the Islanders escaped the bases loaded jam to end the threat.

The Islanders maintained the lead with Carter setting down eight consecutive Lady Cardinals in the third through sixth frames.

A&M - Corpus Christi tacked on another run in the top of the sixth on a pair of Lady Cardinals' errors. With two outs, Cochran landed on third after consecutive errors by Lamar. J.J. Jackson followed with a walk before Cochran scored on a passed ball.

Carter and the Islanders' defense only allowed five base runners and outhit the Lady Cardinals 4-1.

Galloway, Morse, Cochran and Mackinzee Griebel all chipped in one hit apiece while Morse and Cochran collected a RBI.

Carter (9-16) secured the win for the Islanders. The freshman held Lamar to just one hit while striking out four and walking four in seven innings.

Tina Schultz (8-10) suffered the loss for the Lady Cardinals. She allowed four hits, three runs, two of them earned, while walking two and striking out three in seven innings.


After a scoreless first two innings, the Islanders jumped on board first with a run on three hits in the top of the third. Cassie Carroll led off the frame with a single through the left side before Dani Tefft reached on an infield single. Galloway then loaded the bases on a fielder's choice before Perez hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Carroll and give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.

Lamar answered back with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the third to push ahead 3-1. Brynn Baca hit a triple down the left field line and scored on a RBI single by Julianne Viator. Jenna Holland followed with a single to center field before Stephanie Meeuwsen reached on an Islanders' error to plate Viator. Cromwell then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Holland and give the Lady Cardinals a 3-0 lead. The Islanders pulled out of the jam with runners on second and third after Carter retired the next two batters.

The Islanders pulled within one in the top of the fourth with a run on three hits. With one out, Cochran drilled a single through the left side before picking up her sixth stolen base of the season. Jackson followed suit with a single to left field before Griebel reached on a RBI bunt single to score Cochran.

Lamar extended their lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth after Viator hit a RBI single through the right side to plate Kellen Gomez, who reached on an Islanders' error.

A&M - Corpus Christi scored a run in each of the fifth and sixth frames to rally back and knot the game at 4-4. In the fifth, Perez nailed a RBI single to left field to plate Galloway, who led off the frame with a double to left center. The Islanders then evened the game in the sixth after Carroll cranked a solo home run with two outs over the center field wall. It marked her first home run of the season and her third in her career.

With the game tied at 4-4, the Islanders rallied in the top of the seventh with four runs to clinch the victory. Galloway started the rally after she reached second on consecutive fielding errors by the Lady Cardinals. Morse followed with an infield single before Perez stepped to the plate. The senior blasted her fifth home run of the season over the center field wall to push the Islanders ahead, 7-4. After a ground out, Cochran reached on a walk before scoring on a fielding error at third on a Carroll at-bat to give the Islanders an 8-4 lead.

Carter relieved Katie Blanar in the top of the seventh, and retired the final two Lady Cardinals after a one-out single to end the game.

The Islanders outhit Lamar, 12-4, with Perez going 3-for-3 with five RBIs to lead the way. Griebel and Carroll both went 2-for-4 while Galloway, Morse, Cochran, Jackson and Tefft all added one hit apiece.
Blanar (2-3) registered the win for the Islanders in the circle. The freshman came in for Constance Brandenburg in the top of the sixth and didn't allow a hit or a run. Brandenburg received her 13th start in the Islanders' circle and allowed six hits, four runs, just one of them earned while walking two in five innings.

For the Lady Cardinals, Lauren Dannelley (3-1) took the loss in the circle. She allowed three hits and four runs, two of them earned, while walking one in one inning.


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Frazier Powers Hoggies To Win Over 'Hounds Continuous News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 9:32:23 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Frazier Powers Hoggies To Win Over 'Hounds

KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball team rode a 6-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth to a 10-2 win at Nolan Ryan Field over Eastern New Mexico on Friday.


The Javelinas (28-13, 19-8) and Greyhounds (21-20, 10-17) meet in a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game at 1 p.m.


After the Greyhounds tied the game at two in the top of the sixth, the Javelinas struck for six runs in the bottom of the sixth taking an 8-2 lead.


Clint Wallace singled to start the inning and, after a sacrifice bunt by Justin Lee, went to third on a single by Dustin Aguilar. Derrick Walls beat out a grounder to first for a single driving in Wallace. Miles Holcomb knocked in Aguilar with a single that bounced into center off the pitcher's rubber. Walls scored on an errant throw for the third run.


With two away, Ryan Guedry kept inning alive by drawing a walk. Along with Holcomb, Guedry would score as Brian Frazier blasted a three-run home run to left-center field off Ben Monticello. The homer was his second of the season.


Kingsville added a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Clint Wallace led the inning off with a double and scored after a Greyhound error. Justin Lee crossed the plate later in the inning on a wild pitch for Kingsville's final run.


Eastern struck first with a run in the top of the first as Brett Ackerman was hit by a pitch and went to second as Blake Cooper walked. Ackerman would score on a 2-out single by Colton Sims.


The Hoggies wasted little time tying the game scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Derrick Walls led off with a single up the middle. After two straight fly outs, Walls would come around to score on back-to-back base hits by Guedry and Frazier, who finished with four RBI.


Kingsville took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. Wallace led of the inning with a single and with one away scored on sacrifice fly to center by Holcomb.


The Javelina defense ended a ENMU threat in the third. Matthew Burks and Brett Ackerman each started the inning with singles, but blunders on the bases ended the threat. After leading off with a single, Burks tried to go third on a single to right by Ackerman. Frazier displayed his throwing arm by tossing out Burks at third. Ackerman was then thrown out at second by Wallace trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt.


Cooper tied the game in the sixth. He walked, stole second and later scored on a wild pitch.


Dallas Ponder moved to 6-1 for the Javelinas with the 21st win of his career to tie for second all-time. He allowed two earned runs on six hits, while striking out five. Ponder walked four. Cody Williams, Hayden James and Dustin Luna combined to pitch three innings of perfect relief to end the game.


Monticello suffered the loss to fall to 4-4. He allowed eight runs - all earned - on 12 hits.


The Hoggies had 16 hits in the game. Wallace led the way going 4-of-5 with three runs scored. Frazier and Aguilar each had three hits, and Walls two. Walls swiped his team-leading 19th stolen base in the contest.


Ackerman and Sims had two hits apiece for the visitors.


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Woman Teams Up With Car Club for Easter Basket Giveaway Continuous News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 6:23:34 PM Woman Teams Up With Car Club for Easter Basket Giveaway

CORPUS CHRISTI - It'll be a happy Easter for a couple hundred kids thanks to the kindness of a woman and her family.

"Little Lucy" as she's known in the community wanted to give back to the people of Corpus Christi. She along with the help of City Stylz Car Club put together more than 200 Easter baskets.

She posted the free give away on Facebook hoping it would reach those who were less fortunate..

"It makes me feel good and everything that they're helping everybody get a basket because they can't afford one right now and it's good for them to help people," said one woman who picked up a basket.

It's a good deed that many parents hope won't go unnoticed and will continue. "Little Lucy" is planning to do similar giveaways on each holiday in the future.

"It's a blessing and God's going to bless them more," another woman told us.


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City Mulls New Tire Dumping Ordinance Continuous News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 6:19:44 PM City Mulls New Tire Dumping Ordinance

CORPUS CHRISTI - Walk, ride or drive in any direction in this city and eventually, you're going to run into a spare tire or several of them.

They're all over the place.

So, the city is working on a plan to rid itself of the tires.

City of Corpus Christi Solid Waste Director Lawrence Mikolajczyk on Tuesday presented a draft ordinance to the City Council asking for more control over the problem.

He says there are about 130 tire shops in the city and the ordinance would require them to register themselves with the city, begin marking their tires with a designated number, and keep a detailed manifest of the tires.

Marking the tires would give the city a way to trace where it came from.

And the manifest protects the business from liability if someone buys tires and then, dumps them.

Rafael Velasquez owns Big Boys Tires on Ayers and says random tires just show up at his place.

He says people are always leaving tires in front or beside his store.

He says the city's plan sounds good but wonders if it will work. He says if someone takes one of his tires and the city traces it back to him, he'll be the one stuck with a stiff penalty.

"Sometimes we leave tires outside and people take them because they think they're good and they're probably gonna go dump them somewhere else," he says. "And they're gonna blame us. So, everything's gonna come back to us - the tire shop owners."

Mikolajczyk says workshops are planned to help fine-tune the ordinance and public input is part of that process. The workshops are being planned for the late summer.


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Hit and Run Cases on Hold Due to Crime Lab Issues Continuous News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 6:18:34 PM Hit and Run Cases on Hold Due to Crime Lab Issues

CORPUS CHRISTI - The investigation into three hit and run case in Corpus Christi are back to almost square one thanks to problems at a crime lab in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Corpus Christi Police Department needs results from the lab to move forward. We're talking about a February 2012 hit and run that killed sent Kimberly Encinia, a crash that seriously injured Chrisitian Carrillo in March 2013, and an incident that left attorney Richard Leshin on the side of the road when his bicycle was hit in March 2013.

Sgt. David Schwartz says evidence collected in those cases were sent to the lab in the valley because it had some forensic tools needed.

However, the lab was having trouble keeping a trace forensic specialist, so the department decided to pull the evidence in that case and 2 others and send it all up to another lab in Austin.

Right now, police have no idea who hit Encinia. The suspects accused of hitting Carrillo and Leshin are out on bond.


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Rojas Indicted for Crash That Killed Passenger Continuous News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 6:10:04 PM Rojas Indicted for Crash That Killed Passenger

CORPUS CHRISTI - A young man was indicted this week for a woman's death in a police chase.

Back in April 2013, police tried pulling over 19-year-old Gilbert Rojas. CCPD says an officer was looking to make an arrest for reckless driving, but Rojas allegedly slammed into another car on Port Avenue while trying to get away.

The crash killed his passenger, 27-year old Elvira Esquivel.

Rojas is under indictment for manslaughter. A second degree felony with a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison if convicted.


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Families Gather for Easter Weekend at Labonte Park Continuous News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 5:45:01 PM Families Gather for Easter Weekend at Labonte Park

CORPUS CHRISTI- Labonte park is filling up fast as families arrive for the big Easter holiday weekend.

The park was about half full as of Friday afternoon, but park officials expect folks to collect their reserved spots Friday evening.

Still, several people were setting up their campsites, their grills and enjoying what Robstown resident Enriquetta Gomez says is a family tradition.
"We've been camping for so many years, we used to camp over there under the bridge for 20-something years, they throw us out of there and so we're here."

All the spots in the park have been reserved, you can call the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation department to reserve yours for next year.


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CDC: Foodborne Illness Linked to Raw Shellfish Up 75 Percent Continuous News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 5:33:03 PM Stephania Jimenez - CDC: Foodborne Illness Linked to Raw Shellfish Up 75 Percent

CORPUS CHRISTI - If you like raw oysters, you may want to think twice before digging in.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said foodborne illnesses linked to raw or undercooked shellfish have increased by 75% since 2006-2008.

That number is concerning to locals, because raw oysters are considered a staple here in the Coastal Bend.

"I like them with a cold beer," said Uhmberto Romero.

"That's even more of a reason to not eat it and be more afraid that you're going to get sick," said Amanda Sanchez.

Symptoms of food poisoning from contaminated seafood include: watery diarrhea, cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills.

So, how can you stay healthy if you indulge in raw seafood at restaurants?

Charlie Alegria, owner of Morgan Street Seafood Market, recommends asking your server a few questions before you order.

"Where did the oysters come from? When were they harvested? When were they shucked?"

If you buy oysters, Alegria says you should make sure they're kept ice cold, and that they're packaged properly.

"Make sure the code date on those oysters are good. Make sure it comes from a reputable dealer. Where they harvest the oysters is very, very important," said Alegria.

The CDC agrees with Alegria. The agency is investigating a food poisoning outbreak linked to raw oysters. Only a handful of cases were reported in Texas. The majority of the illnesses were reported in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia.

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Program at TAMCC Testing Google Glass Continuous News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 5:25:02 PM Program at TAMCC Testing Google Glass

CORPUS CHRISTI-Professors and students in the I-Core program at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi are involved in a unique product test.

Some of you have heard about the Google glass, basically interactive eyeglasses that can do everything from operate your smart phone to getting live football scores, all through the eyescreen.

Executives at Google loaned out the glasses to the program in an effort to find new ways to use the technology.
One way operators here in Corpus Christi are testing the new glasses is to guide unmanned drones.

The glasses went on not available to the public yet, when they are , you can expect to fork out at least fifteen-hundred dollars.


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Annual Day Care Costs Exceed College Tuition for Some Families Continuous News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 5:04:58 PM Andrew Ellison - Annual Day Care Costs Exceed College Tuition for Some Families

CORPUS CHRISTI - A national report has revealed that in many states, the average family spends more a year on day care than they will on college tuition.

The report is from a national organization called Child Care Aware America, and it says that in Texas, the average family spends about $8,500 on day care every year. That's about $140 more than they would spend on college tuition at a public university.

So many parents who both work, like Samantha Barrera and her husband, have to make a decision about child care.

Barrera and her husband made that decision when they had their first child.

"We had decided that if what I make in one week is only enough to cover the daycare, then it's not kind of worth it putting my children in daycare. I am in the fortunate position where I do get to make a little bit more than that," Barrera says.

While it made sense for her family, a P.E.W. report shows nearly 30 percent of moms stay at home now. That's up from 23 percent in 1999.

That may be because for many parents, it doesn't make financial sense to have both of them work while day care costs eat away their savings.

The rising costs could from higher demand. It's no secret that in today's world, both parents often have to work.

Barrera says day care works for her and her family. She says the daycare can help her son prepare for school in ways she wouldn't be able to provide at home.

"He's only 18 months, and he's drawing and he's coming home with flash cards, and learning, and he's got a best friend at 18 months old," she says.


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