KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Sports - Islanders Sports - Islanders en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:08:13 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Islanders Soccer Draws With Houston in Season Opener http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-soccer-draws-with-houston-in-season-opener/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-soccer-draws-with-houston-in-season-opener/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 23 Aug 2014 4:37:36 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Soccer Draws With Houston in Season Opener

HOUSTON - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team opened its second season in program history by earning a 0-0 draw against the University of Houston on Friday night. Redshirt freshman Megan Delaney made four saves to earn a shutout in her first career appearance.

"I'm really proud of the way our girls battled tonight," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "They fought for each other and competed for 110 minutes. This game definitely gives us a boost to move forward and build upon.

"Still, we had too many unforced giveaways all over the field. And we need to connect our final pass more. However, with that said, in our first 90-minute match of the year I was pleased with our starting point.

"We will enjoy tonight," she added, "and tomorrow we focus on the next game. We have to be able to play Friday and Sunday throughout the season, so this will be a good test."

The first half saw even play between the two squads, with both having some solid opportunities, but no top-notch chances. UH earned consecutive corners in the 31st minute, and unleashed a shot on the second opportunity, but it went wide of the frame. The Islanders earned a corner on a nice offensive effort by Hailey Sutton, but Sutton was unable to connect on the ensuing serve and the game remained scoreless into halftime.

The second half saw both teams ratchet up the pressure, but neither able to crack the scoreboard. The Islanders had two golden opportunities - the first on an Yvette Franco cross in the 58th minute, as the sophomore shook her defender and sent a ball across the goal mouth from the left side. But no Islander could find the other end of the pass and the game remained scoreless.

Houston had some strong chances in the final 20 minutes, but the Islanders defense held strong. Delaney was forced to make two brilliant stops - the first diving to her left in the 73rd minute and the second on a high ball that she deflected off the crossbar. A&M-Corpus Christi had a strong chance in the final minute off a free kick, as the ball caromed high in the air in the box. But no player could get her foot on the chance, and the game went to overtime still scoreless.

In the first overtime, the Islanders held the edge in play, and nearly got the winner, as Sutton headed a ball on the near side to Nanna Poulsen in the box, but the newest member of the Islanders was unable to put her volley on frame, as it sailed high and wide to the left.

The second overtime was all Islanders. A&M-Corpus Christi had nearly a half-dozen chances in the 10-minute period, two coming on headers in the box by Kallyn Redona off free kicks from Delaney. Zoe Cole also had an opportunity on a break up the left side, placing a shot on frame, and Yvette Franco earned a corner that sent a ball deep into the box. But the visitors were unable to find the back of the net, and had to settle for the scoreless tie.

A&M-Corpus Christi will be back in action on Sunday, when it faces Texas Southern in Houston at 2 p.m. Updates will be provided as they become available on the official Islanders Soccer Twitter feed, @IslandersSoccer.

 


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Islander Volleyball Picked Third in Southland Preseason Polls http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-volleyball-picked-third-in-southland-preseason-polls/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-volleyball-picked-third-in-southland-preseason-polls/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 21 Aug 2014 7:47:47 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islander Volleyball Picked Third in Southland Preseason Polls

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team has been selected to finish third in the Southland Conference in both the league coaches' and sports information directors' polls, the conference announced today.

"This is our highest preseason ranking in program history, and it's exciting to see that others in the Southland have high expectations for us this season," head coach Tony Graystone said. "We know how competitive the conference is and how tough the road will be, but we have a strong, committed team with some great leaders, and we are going to do everything possible to reach the goals we have set for ourselves. I feel really good about the team we have put together and am looking forward to getting started next week."

The Islanders received 118 total points from the coaches and 117 from the SIDs in the preseason poll. Two-time defending regular-season and conference tournament champion Central Arkansas topped Northwestern State for the top spot in both polls, while Sam Houston State was selected to finish in fourth place behind the Islanders in both polls. Rounding out the top five was Stephen F. Austin.

A&M - Corpus Christi clinched their first tournament win in Southland history last season while putting together a school-best 13-5 record in conference play. On Wednesday, the Islanders placed three players on the All-Southland Preseason teams with senior Brianna Brink, and junior Ivy Baresh earning first-team honors and senior Ashley Phelps claiming second-team accolades.

The Islanders have added nine newcomers to compliment their roster of seven returners, and will open the season on Friday, Aug 29, in Waco, Texas, at the two-day Baylor Invite against Portland. The Islanders will host their first match of the season on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. against Southland foe Incarnate Word. The match will be part of the Islanders Classic.

For all the latest on Islanders Volleyball, like the team on Facebook (IslandersVolleyball) and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersVB).

 

2014 Southland Conference Volleyball Preseason Polls

 

COACHES POLL

Rk. School (first-place votes)

1. Central Arkansas (8)

2. Northwestern State (5)

3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4. Sam Houston State

5. Stephen F. Austin

6. Houston Baptist

7. UIW

8. McNeese State

9. Lamar

10. Southeastern Louisiana

11. Abilene Christian

12. Nicholls

13. New Orleans


SID POLL

Rk. School (first-place votes)

1. Central Arkansas (10)

2. Northwestern State (3)

3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4. Sam Houston State

5. Stephen F. Austin

6t. Houston Baptist

6t. McNeese State

8. Lamar

9. UIW

10. Southeastern Louisiana

11. Abilene Christian

12. Nicholls

13. New Orleans

 


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Islander Baseball Adds Ten for 2014-15 Season http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-baseball-adds-ten-for-2014-15-season/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-baseball-adds-ten-for-2014-15-season/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 18 Aug 2014 3:37:21 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islander Baseball Adds Ten for 2014-15 Season

CORPUS CHRISTI - Islanders baseball head coach Scott Malone has announced 10 players are set to join Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for the 2014-2015 school year. The class consists of three current high school seniors and seven transfers.

This year's spring class will feature of four pitchers (Brian Allec, Ryan Buss, Wade Harris, Ryan Skoruppa), three infielders (Cody Clarke, Justin Perales, Casey Thomas), one outfielder (Austin Krajnak) and two catchers (Scott Balfantz, Zach Metzger).

"We're really excited about this group of Islanders," said Malone. "These young men will be a great extension of our program in the community, in the classroom, and on the field. I think this is a great finishing touch to our roster heading into the fall.

Malone said credit must go to everyone involved in the program that helped bring this group together. "Recruiting is a collective effort and it starts with the guys doing all the road work," Malone said. "Brett Gips (Recruiting Coordinator) has done a great job of not only adding great players on the field, but great young men off of it."

The Islanders lost five seniors from the 2014 team that finished 31-27 and 19-11 in Southland Conference play.

 


Brian Allec (6-2, 200, RHP, Concord, Calif., Cal State East Bay)

Allec comes to the Island University as a transfer sophomore. He spent two years at Cal State East Bay where he was redshirted his first year and played sparingly during his second year. He was a member of De La Salle High School baseball team that won the EBAL Championship and NCS Division 1 Championship in 2012.

Gips on Allec: "He's a big, physical kid that should come in and compete for time right away. He has a lot of potential coming in this year."

 

Scott Balfantz (5-8, 165, C/RHP, Irving, Texas, Irving Nimitz HS)

Balfantz hit at a .344 clip with two home runs, 37 RBIs and 16 doubles for Irving Nimitz High School this past spring. He was named All-Area First Team Catcher and the District 5-6A MVP in 2014 while helping his team to a school-record 18 wins during both his junior and senior seasons.

Gips on Balfantz: "He's a really versatile athlete. He moves around very well behind the plate and also has the chance to compete for some innings for us."

 

Ryan Buss (6-3, 190, LHP, Dallas, Texas, Highland Park HS)

Buss tossed 52.1 innings to go with 61 strikeouts during his senior year. He had an ERA of 1.61 while leading the Fighting Scots to a 23-13 record. Buss was named to the Second Team All-District in 2014 after his team advanced to the Regional Quarter-Final.

Gips on Buss: "We expect him to come in right away and compete for a spot on the front end of the pitching staff as a starter. He has three pitches that he throws for strikes, a really good frame and unlimited upside."

 


Cody Clarke (6-0, 205, 3B, Royersford, Pa., Cisco JC)

Clarke comes to the Island University after two years at Cisco JC. He brings with him one year of starting experience at third base. Last season, Clarke hit .324 and drove in 34 runs. He also had 12 doubles and two triples as the Wranglers finished out the year 32-22.

Gips on Clarke: "We expect him to come in and plug the void left at third base by Brandon Tierney. He's a great defensive player that has the chance to hit for power for us."

 

Wade Harris (6-0, 180, RHP, Georgetown, Texas, Georgetown HS)

Harris led his team to a 47-24 record during his junior and senior years at Georgetown High School. During his senior season he won six games and struck out 51 batters to go with a 2.56 ERA. He was named Second Team All-Centex and Honorable Mention All-State.

Gips on Harris: "We expect him to come in and eat up a lot of innings early in his career. He can do a few different things for us on the mound. He is good enough to start and good enough to come out of the bullpen for us."

 


Austin Krajnak (6-4, 225, OF, Little Elm, Texas, Grayson JC)

Krajnak is the only outfielder in this year's recruiting class, and the transfer junior brings an array of offensive firepower to the team. While at Grayson he drove in 75 runs and 14 homeruns last year while leading the country in doubles with 20. Krajnak hit for a .386 average and led the Vikings to a 42-14 record during the 2014 campaign. He was named to the JUCO All-American team.

Gips on Krajnak: "He is expected to be our leading power source at any of the 2-3-4-5 spots. He should be a nice addition to Tyler Ware and Cody Clarke in the middle of the lineup."

 

Zach Metzger (5-8, 199, C, Sunnyvale, Texas, Cisco JC)

Metzger hit for a .623 clip during his senior season at Sunnyvale High School. He showed the ability to hit for power as he drove in 35 runs and 12 homeruns. He brings two years of starting experience to the Island University from Cisco College. He was named First Team All-Conference behind the plate while at Cisco.

Gips on Metzger: "We brought Zach in because he is a very good defensive catcher, he really excels in blocking, throwing and receiving. He has the chance to hit for some power and be a great RBI guy in the middle of the lineup."

 

Justin Perales (6-4, 230, 1B, Corpus Christi, Texas, McLennan JC)

Perales will make his way to the Island University from McLennan Community College. The Corpus Christi native hit at a .280 mark and drove in 25 runs during his time with the Highlanders. His brother, Jacob Perales won four letters for the Islanders from 2008-11.

Gips on Perales: "He's a really big, strong, right-handed hitter that has a lot of baseball knowledge and a ton of upside. He should fit right in the lineup at the 3-4-5-6 spots."

 

Ryan Skoruppa (6-0, 190, LHP, Corpus Christi, Texas, Blinn JC)

Skoruppa is coming off a NJCAA World Series appearance with Blinn College. Last season he had a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings of work to go along with 14 strikeouts for the Buccaneers.

Gips on Skoruppa: "I think he can be a great one-inning guy, setting it up for our eighth or ninth-inning guys, or coming in and being a lefty-on-lefty specialist. He has the ability to throw multiple days in a row which is what will make him really valuable to our team."

 

Casey Thomas (5-10, 160, SS, Phoenix, Ariz., Gateway JC)

Thomas joins the Islanders from Gateway Community College where he was a two-year starter. During his two years at Gateway he was the team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas hit at a .340 average for the Geckos and holds the school record for doubles and triples.

Gips on Thomas: "He won the Gold Glove at the shortstop position this last year in JUCO. He was drafted out of high school by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has a great arm from short and one of his biggest qualities is the ability to move laterally and cover both the 4-and-5 holes."

 


These 10 players join the first four players who signed with the Islanders during last November's early signing period (Austin Cornish, Garrett Harris, Carter Lilly, Frankie Silha) - Release
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Isles Release Cross Country Schedule http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-release-cross-country-schedule/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-release-cross-country-schedule/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 14 Aug 2014 2:24:02 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Release Cross Country Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's and women's cross country teams have released their 2014 schedule, head coach Shawn Flanagan announced today. The schedule is very challenging and will feature a variety of competitive courses and teams.

Flanagan, who is entering his 14th season at the reigns of the cross country program and has high expectations for both teams.

"We're pumped up about how we can do at the conference meet. Our men have have seen steady improvement and our women have not been where they're used to the last couple years," Flanagan said. "We're looking for great improvements on both sides."

"We've got a lot of meets scheduled early in the season, and we're using those to prepare for the Southland Conference meet," said Flanagan. "We're really excited about some of the places we're going to go. We're going to the Texas A&M meet for the first time in a while and the Alabama Invitational for the first time ever."

The season will kickoff Friday, Aug. 29, as A&M - Corpus Christi will look to repeat its success at the Rio Grande Valley Relays. Last season both the men and women had the top four finishes in the event.

The Islanders will then head to Houston on Sept. 12 to race in the Rice Invitational, which will play host to several Southland Conference teams, giving the teams a chance to see where they stack up against their conference foes.

A&M - Corpus Christi will make a stop in College Station, Texas, to compete in the Texas A&M Invitational on Sept. 20. The meet will include some of the best teams in the nation.

Both teams will then return to the Coastal Bend to host the 15th annual Islanders Splash at West Guth Park. The collegiate meet will take place Friday, Sept. 26, while the high school and middle school meets will be the following day, Sept. 27. The Islanders Splash is a very vital meet for A&M - Corpus Christi because it not only gives Islanders' fans a chance to see the team in action, but also provides a very challenging course.

The Islanders will have one more opportunity to see where they stand before the postseason begins, when they make the trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the University of Alabama Invitational on Oct. 17. Just five days later, the Islanders will make the trek to Terre Haute, Ind. for the NCAA Pre-Nationals on Oct. 28. The Pre-Nationals serve as a measuring point to see where the teams stack up against some of the top teams in the nation.

The teams will have a week off before heading to Natchitoches, La., to compete in the Southland Conference Championships on Nov. 3. The men will look to better their third-place finish from the 2013 season while the women will try to improve from their fifth-place finish.

On Nov. 14, A&M - Corpus Christi will head to the regional meet in Fayetteville, Ark., as they try to qualify for the NCAA Nationals. Like the Pre-Nationals, the National meet on Nov. 22 will also be held in Terre Haute, Ind.

For updates on the race and all the latest information, follow Islanders Cross Country on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersTFXC) and Facebook (Texas A&M Corpus Christi Track & Field/Cross Country).

 

 


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Islanders Volleyball Opens First Week of Practices http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-volleyball-opens-first-week-of-practices/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-volleyball-opens-first-week-of-practices/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 11 Aug 2014 6:17:08 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Volleyball Opens First Week of Practices

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team opened the 2014 season this week with the start of two-a-day practices. Head coach Tony Graystone enters his sixth season at the helm of the Islanders' program and returns seven letterwinners from last season's team. The Islanders finished the 2013 season with a 20-12 record, including a school-best 13-5 record in Southland Conference play.

"They are doing a nice job and really working hard," Graystone said. "They are very serious about it right now, and really trying to make a good impression and so far so good. I'm liking what I'm seeing so far."

Seniors Brianna Brink, who received Honorable Mention All-Southland honors last season and Ashley Phelps, who was named the Islanders Volleyball Scholar-Athlete, will lead the way along with 2013 First Team All-Southland Ivy Baresh. In addition, the Islanders return juniors Shayla Maldonado (DS/L), Hailey King (DS/L), Haley Satterwhite Day (OH) and sophomore Morgan Carlson (RS).

Joining the seven returners will be 10 newcomers, including two junior transfers Chelby Stanford (S) and Kelsee Felux (OH). Erica Luke (L), Brittany Gilpin (MB), Madeleine Doud (MB), Kirstee McGarva (OH), Kate Klepetka (DS), Maddy Wall (DS), Kristyn Nicholson (S) and Courtney Warner (MB) will round out the freshman class.

The Islanders came together for the first time this week for two-a-days and workouts as they lead up to the season opener on Friday, Aug 29, in Waco, Texas, at the two-day Baylor Invite against Portland. The team will play their first 11 matches on the road before hosting the three-day Islanders Classic. A&M - Corpus Christi will play a total of 33 matches in the regular season, including 13 home matches at the Dugan Wellness Center.

The Islanders will host its first match of the season on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. against Southland foe Incarnate Word. The match will be part of the Islanders Classic.

For all the latest on Islanders Volleyball, like the team on Facebook (IslandersVolleyball) and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersVB).

 


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Islanders Take Part in Marine-Style Workout at NAS-Corpus Christi http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-take-part-in-marine-style-workout-at-nas-corpus-christi/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-take-part-in-marine-style-workout-at-nas-corpus-christi/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 2 Aug 2014 5:56:47 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Take Part in Marine-Style Workout at NAS-Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - For the second consecutive year the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team took part in a special workout at the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi. The Islanders went through specific drills designed by the Marines on Friday morning starting at 6 a.m.

The workout consisted of two events, the log drill and the pugil stick tournament. In the log drill, the Islanders separated into a four-person team and carried a log that was approximately 300 pounds. As they carried the log around a 0.96 mile course, the Islanders faced different physical and mental challenges that they had to work through to accomplish the drill.

"I think it's an awesome experience and I think it's really important for the development of our basketball team," head coach Willis Wilson said. "Our guys have to get comfortable going places they haven't been before. When you go to the NCAA tournament it's so foreign compared to what you face during the regular season and you have to be comfortable getting out of your routine. I think this sort of training will really parallel something that we will be able to draw upon for later in the season."

 

In the pugil stick tournament, the Islanders battled each other one-on-one in a single elimination tournament. In the end it was redshirt junior Bryce Douvier claiming the title over former Islander James King.

The Marine-style drills today concluded a series of workouts with the Marines this summer. Prior to a competition with the Marines on the campus beach last week, the Islanders took part in a circuit-style training course the week before.

For all the latest on Islanders Basketball during the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersMBB) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Mens Basketball).

 


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Womens Basketball Coaching Staff #Chillin4Charity Challenge http://www.kristv.com/news/womens-basketball-coaching-staff-chillin4charity-challenge/ http://www.kristv.com/news/womens-basketball-coaching-staff-chillin4charity-challenge/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 17 Jul 2014 6:07:34 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Womens Basketball Coaching Staff #Chillin4Charity Challenge

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball coaching staff along with Dr. Trent Hill, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, accepted the #Chillin4Charity Challenge today on University Beach. Members of the 2014-15 women's basketball team doused the coaching staff and Dr. Trent Hill with ice water coolers to help raise funds for the Kay Yow Foundation.

Coaches across the nation have been taking the plunge and passing on the challenge to others. The rules are if a head coach is called out they have 48 hours to complete the challenge. If they don't, they owe the Kay Yow Foundation $250, and if they answer the challenge, the one who challenged them will owe the Kay Yow Foundation $50. The Kay Yow Foundation has raised more than $8 million for research on women's cancers since it was started in 2007.

Dr. Trent Hill presented his challenge to Stephen F. Austin President Dr. Baker Pattillo.

For all the latest on the Islanders women's basketball team during the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersWBB) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Womens Basketball).

 


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Islanders Selected for 2014 Corpus Christi Coastal Classic http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-selected-for-2014-corpus-christi-coastal-classic/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-selected-for-2014-corpus-christi-coastal-classic/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 16 Jul 2014 2:43:00 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Selected for 2014 Corpus Christi Coastal Classic

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi basketball team will be one of the eight teams in the field for the 2014 Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, tournament organizers announced today. The Thanksgiving weekend exempt tournament will also see TCU, St. Louis, Mississippi State, Bradley, Radford, Mississippi Valley State and North Carolina A&T take part in the event.

Each team will play four games in the tourney - the first two at campus sites and the final two rounds at the American Bank Center on Nov. 28 & 29. A&M-Corpus Christi will play its first two games of the tournament on the road - at St. Louis and at Bradley - before returning to Corpus Christi for the final two games.

This is the second year for the exempt tournament to be hosted over Thanksgiving weekend at the American Bank Center. In 2013, Virginia won the event en route to a No. 1 national ranking and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

"We're excited to be a part of the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge this year," head coach Willis Wilson said. "Last year the Coastal Bend saw a Sweet 16 team and the runner-up from the NIT (SMU) play in the American Bank Center, and this year's field could have just as much star power. It should be a great experience for our team, our school and our city and we can't wait to be a part of it."

The Islanders are looking to follow up on a strong 2013-14 campaign that saw them post 12 more wins than the prior season and finish in second place in the Southland Conference. Wilson was named Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year - presented annually to the top minority coach in all of Division I men's basketball.

On the court, A&M-Corpus Christi is led by senior John Jordan, a First Team All-Southland selection who sits in the school's career top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, free throws and steals. Among the other key returners for the squad are sophomore Rashawn Thomas, who averaged 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in his debut campaign, and senior Hameed Ali, who has started 72 games and scored 620 points in his three years for the Islanders.

Tickets for the final rounds in Corpus Christi can be purchased beginning Saturday, July 19, by visiting Ticketmaster.com or purchase by phone by dialing 1-800-745-3000. For ADA seating please call 361-826-4170. Tickets to the event will also be included in the Islanders men's basketball season ticket package. To order your season tickets, call the Islanders Athletics Ticket Office at 825-BALL (2255) today.

 


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Soccer Adds Denmark's Poulsen to Incoming Class http://www.kristv.com/news/soccer-adds-denmark-s-poulsen-to-incoming-class/ http://www.kristv.com/news/soccer-adds-denmark-s-poulsen-to-incoming-class/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 18 Jun 2014 3:22:00 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Soccer Adds Denmark's Poulsen to Incoming Class

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team has added to its class for 2014 with the signing of Nanna Bach Poulsen to a National Letter of Intent. Poulsen is a talented scoring presence who hails from Ribe, Denmark.

"With her international experience, Nanna is very technical and understands the nuances of the game," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "Her vision and movement on and off the ball will bring an added dimension to our attack and compliment our returning front line."

Poulsen was the leading scorer for Varde, her club team, which she has played with since she was 14. She netted five goals in the 2012 season for the under-18 squad, which plays at the top level in Denmark. Most recently, she appeared in eight games for the senior team, scoring single goals in each of the team's last two matches, both of which resulted in victories for Varde.

Poulsen joins the five players who signed with the Islanders in February as part of the team's incoming 2014 class. Zoe Cole (Friendswood, Texas), Kimberly Isaacson (Missouri City, Texas), Jacey Love (Belton, Texas), Bri Lugo (Brazoswood, Texas) and Christina Remmes (Kingwood, Texas) all inked NLIs earlier this calendar year.

A&M-Corpus Christi will open the 2014 season on the road with a contest against Houston on Aug. 22, with the home opener slated for Sept. 5 against the University of Texas at Dugan Stadium. For all the latest on the team leading up to the 2014 slate, be sure to follow the squad on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersSoccer) and like the official Facebook page (Islanders Soccer).

 


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Vaughan, Tierney Named to Southland All-Academic First Team http://www.kristv.com/news/vaughan-tierney-named-to-southland-all-academic-first-team/ http://www.kristv.com/news/vaughan-tierney-named-to-southland-all-academic-first-team/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 17 Jun 2014 5:48:16 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Vaughan, Tierney Named to Southland All-Academic First Team

CORPUS CHRISTI - Seniors Russell Vaughan and Brandon Tierney of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team have earned spots on the Southland Conference All-Academic First Team, the league announced today.

Both Islanders were automatic selections to the team, with Tierney gaining recognition due to his GPA and First Team All-Conference selection and Vaughan due to his Academic All-America laurels. A&M-Corpus Christi was one of just three schools in the league to have more than one player pick up first team recognition, joining McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana.

"Brandon and Russ were two of the biggest reasons for our success this year," head coach Scott Malone said, "not just for their performance on the field, but because of their leadership. That dedication to working hard and doing things the right way carried over into the classroom, so it's no surprise that they picked up this honor. I'm proud of all their accomplishments in their time here."

Tierney was recently named First Team All-Central Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association. The Arlington, Texas, native was a First Team All-Southland selection following the regular season, the only Islander to pick up first team honors this season. He hit .341 overall on the year, the ninth-best mark in the Southland. He posted 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs, driving in 32 runs while scoring 36 times. He was hit by a pitch a team-leading 15 times.

Vaughan became the fourth Islander in any sport to be named Capital One First Team Academic All-American when he picked up the honor earlier this year. He finished his undergraduate career by earning an A in every class but one for a 3.95 cumulative GPA at the Island University. He also picked up Third Team All-Conference honors in the Southland for his performance on the field this year, hitting .318 with a .456 on-base percentage. He was one of the most improved players in the conference, raising his average 137 points at the plate.

The duo gives the Islanders six Southland All-Academic selections over the last two seasons. Last year, Stafford Brantley, Brad Porras and Jacob Dorris were first team honorees, and Jordan Lee was a second team member. Prior to the 2013 squad, A&M-Corpus Christi had just four All-Academic honorees in program history.

For all the latest on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball during the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and like the team's official Facebook page (Islanders Baseball).

 


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Tierney collects First Team All-Central Region Honors http://www.kristv.com/news/tierney-collects-first-team-all-central-region-honors/ http://www.kristv.com/news/tierney-collects-first-team-all-central-region-honors/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 15 Jun 2014 6:25:21 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tierney collects First Team All-Central Region Honors

CORPUS CHRISTI - Senior third baseman Brandon Tierney of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team has been named First Team All-Central Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Tierney was tabbed the top third baseman in the region, and will be a candidate for the ABCA All-American teams later this month.

"This is a great honor, both for Brandon and for our program," head coach Scott Malone said. "He provided our team with great leadership, both on and off the field. Brandon really played like a senior and carried the Islanders to another outstanding finish in the Southland."

Tierney was one of five Southland Conference representatives on the all-region first team, as he was joined by Andro Cutura (SP, Southeastern La.), Anthony Azar (C, Sam Houston State), Doug Votolato (OF, Central Arkansas) and Andrew Godbold (OF, Southeastern La.). He is the first Islander to earn first team all-region recognition since Daniel Minor did so in 2012.

The Arlington, Texas, native was a First Team All-Southland selection following the regular season, the only Islander to pick up first team honors this season. He hit .341 overall on the year, the ninth-best mark in the Southland. He posted 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs, driving in 32 runs while scoring 36 times. He was hit by a pitch a team-leading 15 times.

He posted a 13-game hit streak that ran from March 30-April 22, during which the Islanders went 9-4 overall. During that stretch, he hit .458, and also registered a remarkable five straight games with three hits. He earned Southland Hitter of the Week honors during that stretch, collecting the honor on April 20, after leading the Islanders to a sweep of Northwestern State.

In his two years as an Islander, he played in 98 games and totaled 109 hits and 51 RBI. He posted a strong .947 fielding percentage at third base, and made just six errors this season as one of the top infield defenders in the league.

For all the latest on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball during the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and like the team's official Facebook page (Islanders Baseball).

 


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Islanders Soccer Announces 2014 Schedule http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-soccer-announces-2014-schedule/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-soccer-announces-2014-schedule/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 11 Jun 2014 2:19:12 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Soccer Announces 2014 Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team will play seven regular-season home games, highlighted by the home opener against Texas, as part of its 2014 schedule. The Islanders will play a total of 17 contests in the regular season, in addition to hosting a pair of exhibitions at the Dugan Family Soccer & Track Stadium in the preseason.

"I'm excited with the schedule we've put together for this fall," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "I think our non-conference opponents will certainly test us and help us be prepared for the start of conference play.

"Also," she added, "the buzz around our home opener under the lights with Texas on Sept. 5 has been awesome. I'm really looking forward to seeing our entire Corpus Christi community out there cheering and supporting us the way they did all of last season. We hope to continue to make our fans proud of our work both on the field and in the classroom."

With the addition of lights to Dugan Stadium, A&M-Corpus Christi will play five Friday night matches at home. Among these are marquee matchups such as Texas, UTSA and conference rivals Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Abilene Christian.

The first opportunity for fans to see the Islanders in Corpus Christi will be on Thursday, Aug. 14, as the team will play an exhibition against Cisco Junior College. The squad will also host an exhibition against St. Mary's, on Sunday, Aug. 17. A&M-Corpus Christi then opens its regular season at Houston on Friday, Aug. 22 at Houston, before following that with road contests against Texas Southern (Aug. 24) and Texas State (Aug. 29).

The home opener will feature the Islanders against the Longhorns under the lights on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. It will mark the second consecutive season that A&M-Corpus Christi has played host to a top-flight foe in its opener, as the squad took on Houston in the first soccer game at Dugan Stadium in front of a crowd of 1,187.

After a Sunday afternoon game at Rice (Sept. 7), the Islanders will return home to take on UTSA on Friday, Sept. 12. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned the first win in program history over the Roadrunners last year in San Antonio.

Conference play opens with four of the first five league games being played away from the Coastal Bend. Trips to Southeastern Louisiana (Sept. 19) and Nicholls (Sept. 21) start the league slate, before the Islanders' home conference opener against UCA on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. A&M-Corpus Christi then returns to the road for matchups with McNeese State (Oct. 3) and Incarnate Word (Oct. 10).

The Islanders then play four consecutive games at home, beginning with a Sunday afternoon affair against Lamar, on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. Friday night affairs against ACU (Oct. 17) and SHSU (Oct. 24) at Dugan Stadium follow, with a Sunday afternoon matchup against Houston Baptist on Oct. 26 scheduled as the home finale. The Islanders will honor their three seniors - Alyssa Miller, Sara Chandlee and Aulona Velaj prior to that game as part of Senior Day festivities.

A&M-Corpus Christi then wraps the regular season with a trip to the Piney Woods, as matchups with Stephen F. Austin (Oct. 31) and Northwestern State (Nov. 2) conclude the year. The 2014 Southland Soccer Tournament is slated for Nov. 6-9 at the Lamar Soccer Complex in Beaumont, Texas. The top six teams in the conference will earn berths into the postseason.

For all the latest on Islanders Soccer during the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersSoccer) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Soccer).

 

2014 Women's Soccer Schedule

Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Streak Home Away Neutral
0-0 .000 0-0 .000 - 0-0 0-0 0-0

 

Date Opponent Notes Result Time/Status Links
Aug. 14 Cisco College Dugan Stadium (Exhibition) 7:00 PM
Aug. 17 St. Mary's (Texas) Dugan Stadium (Exhibition) 1:00 PM
Aug. 22 at Houston Houston, Texas 7:00 PM
Aug. 24 at Texas Southern Houston, Texas 2:00 PM
Aug. 29 at Texas State San Marcos, Texas 7:00 PM
Sep. 5 Texas Dugan Stadium 7:00 PM
Sep. 7 at Rice Houston, Texas 1:00 PM
Sep. 12 UTSA Dugan Stadium 7:00 PM
Sep. 19 at Southeastern Louisiana * Hammond, La. 4:00 PM
Sep. 21 at Nicholls * Thibodaux, La. 1:00 PM
Sep. 26 Central Arkansas * Dugan Stadium 7:00 PM
Oct. 3 at McNeese State * Lake Charles, La. 7:00 PM
Oct. 10 at Incarnate Word * San Antonio, Texas 7:00 PM
Oct. 12 Lamar * Dugan Stadium 1:00 PM
Oct. 17 Abilene Christian * Dugan Stadium 7:00 PM
Oct. 24 Sam Houston State * Dugan Stadium 7:00 PM
Oct. 26 Houston Baptist * Dugan Stadium 1:00 PM

Oct. 31 at Stephen F. Austin * Nacogdoches, Texas 7:00 PM
Nov. 2 at Northwestern State * Natchitoches, La. 1:00 PM
Nov. 6 at Southland Conference Tournament Beaumont, Texas TBA
Home games in bold.
*Conference Game
All Times Central Standard Time

 


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Dugan Stadium to Add Lights http://www.kristv.com/news/dugan-stadium-to-add-lights/ http://www.kristv.com/news/dugan-stadium-to-add-lights/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 4 Jun 2014 9:16:46 PM TAMUCC.COM Dugan Stadium to Add Lights

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Dr. Jack Dugan Family Soccer & Track Stadium will be receiving an upgrade in the coming months, as lights will be added to the facility, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby announced today. The Islanders will make their regular-season debut under the lights on Friday, Sept. 5, when the women's soccer team faces Texas at 7 p.m.

"Adding lighting to Dugan Stadium, which is already one of the top venues in the area, makes an already outstanding facility even more so," Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. "It also gives us the ability to host conference championships and increases our ability to host events that will benefit the Corpus Christi community.

"To play our first regular-season home game under those lights against a nationally recognized program like the University of Texas should make for a tremendous atmosphere and a landmark moment in Islanders Soccer history," he added.

The remainder of the women's soccer schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

The addition of lights will greatly expand the options for both the track and field and soccer programs in scheduling, both for games and practices. The addition will allow the women's soccer program to play its midweek home games in the evening rather than the afternoon, allowing more fans to attend contests. The track and field programs will be able to host more in-depth meets that span multiple days, and should attract larger and deeper fields of teams.

Additionally, both teams will be able to host practices during the evening hours, when summer temperatures are not as extreme, helping the overall welfare of Islanders student-athletes. It will also allow student-athletes more flexibility when assembling their class schedules.

The lighting will be provided by Musco Lighting, the same lights that are used at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center. Facilities Solutions Group of Corpus Christi will supply the electrical work for the four-pole system, which will also be equipped with the ability to be turned on and off remotely.

The university broke ground on the Dr. Jack Dugan Family Soccer & Track Stadium on May 25, 2012 and it celebrated its grand opening on Aug. 23, 2013. The approximately $8.8 million facility is the home to the Islanders track team and the newly-established Islanders women's soccer program. The 15,300-square foot facility, which features a soccer field enclosed by an eight-lane track, hosts Southland Conference competitions as well as non-conference games and tournaments featuring nationally-prominent programs from across the country. There is also seating for up to 1,000 spectators, concessions, a press box, private suites, locker rooms, training rooms, storage, a ticket office and coaches' offices.

 

 


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Pair of Islanders Set to Run in NCAA West Prelims http://www.kristv.com/news/pair-of-islanders-set-to-run-in-ncaa-west-prelims/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pair-of-islanders-set-to-run-in-ncaa-west-prelims/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 28 May 2014 5:16:30 PM TAMUCC.COM Pair of Islanders Set to Run in NCAA West Prelims

CORPUS CHRISTI - Two members of the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Track & Field Team will head to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to compete in the NCAA West Preliminaries, which are set to begin Thursday at John McDonnell Field.

The two Islanders making the trek are Angelo Garland on the men's side and Ebony Collins for the women, both qualifying after strong performances in the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships two weeks ago.

Garland qualified in the 400-meter dash and will run his first race at 7:20 p.m. Thursday and will run the following day at 6 p.m. if he qualifies from the first round. Collins is set to participate in the first round of the 100-meters just before Garland at 6:55 p.m. Thursday and will then run at 6:45 p.m. the following day if she advances to the quarterfinals.

During the Championships, Garland posted one of the highest finishes among all the Islanders, as he made the podium by finishing third in the 400. After already setting the school record in the event twice during the regular season becoming the first Islander to run a sub-48 second race, the freshman shaved a full second off his fastest time during the finals at the Championships by clocking a time of 46.82 to earn the silver medal. This mark gives him the 30th fastest qualifying mark in the west region.

The native of Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, also just missed out on qualifying with his Southland Championship 4x400-meter relay team, as he ran the anchor leg of the event to earn gold with a time of 3:10.03, just .01 seconds behind the final team to qualify.

Collins also was a runner who continued to improve as the season went along, running the best 100m time of her collegiate career during the finals of the event during the Southland Championships, as she clocked a time of 11.72 to finish sixth amongst conference foes. This time gave the sophomore the third quickest in school history - just a tenth of a second off the school record - and qualified her in 41st going into the regionals.

Fans can keep track of how the duo does during the meet by keeping track of live results or live video. Links to those can be found above. Results will also be posted on the team's social media outlets on Twitter (@IslandersTFXC) and Facebook (Texas A&M Corpus Christi Track & Field/Cross Country).

 

 


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McNeese Rallies Past Baseball to Conclude Islanders' Season http://www.kristv.com/news/mcneese-rallies-past-baseball-to-conclude-islanders-season/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mcneese-rallies-past-baseball-to-conclude-islanders-season/ Sports - Islanders Fri, 23 May 2014 3:42:46 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi McNeese Rallies Past Baseball to Conclude Islanders' Season

CONWAY, Ark. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team's season came to a close Friday, as it fell to McNeese State 7-5 in an elimination game in the Southland Conference Tournament at Bear Stadium. Brandon Tierney went 3-for-5 at the plate in his final game in an Islanders uniform.

The Islanders finished the year at 31-27, while the Cowboys advance to a 7 p.m. game tonight against host Central Arkansas.

The top of the lineup paced the Islanders' offense, as the 1-4 hitters combined to go 9-for-19 at the plate with five RBIs. Tierney's three hits were joined by two each from the rest of the trio, while Kyle Danford led the team with his two runs driven in.

The top of the order was also solid for the Cowboys, as the 1-3 hitters went 6-for-10 at the dish, with their eight-hole hitter Connor Lloyd also tallying three hits and scoring two runs. Cole Prejean had a strong outing out of the bullpen for the Cowboys, as he gave up two hits and no runs over the final four innings to pick up his sixth win of the year.

The Islanders were able to get on the board early, as Tierney, Tyler Ware and Danford tallied three consecutive singles with one out to post the first run of the game. A walk to Russell Vaughan juiced the bases before a ground ball rolled to the shortstop for a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat for A&M - Corpus Christi.

The Cowboys had a quick response though, as they were able to pick up three singles to start the bottom half of the frame to tie the game up at one. After an infield fly for the second out, McNeese took its first lead of the game with a single to left by Reed Gordy to plate its second run. However, the bottom of the first ended just like the top, as starter Devin Skapura was able to induce a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play with the Islanders trailing 2-1.

After a perfect frame from Steven O'Bryant in the second, McNeese looked to extend its lead in the bottom of the second. Skapura was able to get the first out of the inning, but a pair of singles and a sac bunt to put runners on second and third spelled the end of his outing. Kaleb Keith then came on in a tight spot, but was able to get a grounder to get out of it and keep the Cowboy lead at one.

The game continued its back and forth action in the third, as for the second time in the contest the Islanders were able to string together three straight hits with Ware driving in the tying RBI. Then with runners on the corners, Danford drove in his second run of the day with chopper out in front of the plate, as Tierney scampered home on the throw to put the Islanders back up 3-2.

Keith was able to set down the Cowboys in the bottom of the third on the backing of some nice defense behind him. Following a leadoff single, Frankie Salas handled a grounder, threw it to second and then got the return throw for a 3-6-3 double play. Then a hot shot down the third base line had Tierney sprawling to his right, as he was able to handle it for the final out of the inning.

The Cowboys found some holes the following inning, though, with two singles through the left side after a strikeout. A sacrifice bunt then brought the tying run of the game in to score, while Cameron Toole was safe at first as well on the fielder's choice. This would end the day for Keith and bring Dalton D'Spain on to pitch, who saw both runners advance on his first pitch on a double steal. A groundout then saw the Cowboys jump back out on top 4-3 after the first four.

The lead didn't last long for McNeese though, as Lee swung at the first pitch he saw for the third time of the game, ripping it down the right field line and turning on the jets for a leadoff triple. Tierney followed with a groundout to short, but it was good enough to bring Lee in and tie the game.

The Cowboys attempted to grab the lead back, drawing a walk and hit by pitch to start the bottom of the fifth, chasing D'Spain from the game. Kevin Landgrebe entered the game and got pinch hitter Matt Williams to foul off three consecutive bunts for the first out. A failed hit and run resulted in the runner being gunned down at third before a fly out brought the fifth to a close with the game still tied at four.

This left the door open for the Islanders to take the lead back in the sixth. Salas started things by drawing a walk to chase O'Bryant from the game, while Zack Gibson singled with Salas in motion to put the first two runners aboard. Josh Garza advanced both runners on a sac bunt, while another RBI groundout, this time by Lee, put A&M - Corpus Christi back up 5-4.

In the bottom of the seventh the tying run got to third on some miscues by Landgrebe, as he hit Jackson Gooch, who then advanced on a balk and a wild pitch. Out one came on a terrific play by Lee, as the left fielder sprinted over and made a sliding catch in the gravel in foul territory. Jacob Dorris then came on and picked up the second out on another foul out, but couldn't prevent the tying run from coming in, as Williams tallied the first extra base hit for the Cowboys with a double to knot the game at five going into the eighth.

McNeese was able to get to Dorris in the eighth though, leading things off with a single before an RBI triple by Andrew Guillotte brought around the go-ahead run. Guillotte then came in to score, as James Cantu singled through the drawn-in infield to give the Cowboys a 7-5 lead.

Prejean then came back out for his fourth inning of work and only allowed a two-out single by Tierney, which broke up a streak of 11 consecutive Islanders set down, before recording the final out to secure the win for the Cowboys to eliminate the Islanders.

It marked the final game in an Islanders uniform for the team's five seniors - Tierney, Vaughan, Cody Stephens, Jacob Hubert and A.J. Longoria. The team posted back-to-back top-three finishes in the league in their final two years for A&M-Corpus Christi.

Be sure to stay up-to-date with the Islanders during the offseason by following the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and liking the team on Facebook (Islanders Baseball).

 


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Islanders Fight Off Elimination, Knock Off Nicholls 3-2 http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-fight-off-elimination-knock-off-nicholls-3-2/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-fight-off-elimination-knock-off-nicholls-3-2/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 22 May 2014 3:34:34 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Fight Off Elimination, Knock Off Nicholls 3-2

CONWAY, Ark. - Trevor Belicek threw 7 1/3 strong innings and Jacob Dorris slammed the door as the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team delivered a 3-2 victory over Nicholls on Thursday at Bear Stadium. The Colonels (32-26) were eliminated from the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament with the loss.

The Islanders (31-26) will now wait to see who they will face Thursday, as they will square off against the loser of the McNeese/Central Arkansas on Friday at noon in another elimination game.

Belicek gave up two runs on six hits to earn his fifth win of the year, while Dorris finished the game off in emphatic style, as he recorded the four-out save - his eighth of the year - by striking out each batter he faced.

Kyle Danford and Jordan Lee provided just enough offense for the Islanders, with each going 2-for-4 with one RBI, with Lee also scoring one of the runs.

Grant Borne tallied the loss for the Colonels by allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched. The Islanders are now 8-2 against left handed starters this season.

A nice defensive play started the game, as a slow roller to Cody Stephens was gloved and flipped directly from the leather to first baseman Tyler Ware to record the first out. However, Belicek left one over the plate to the next Colonel, as Leo Vargas ripped the pitch over the left-field wall for a solo homerun for the first run of the day.

The Islanders were able to respond in the bottom half of the inning though, with Russell Vaughan and Brandon Tierney picking up a single and double, respectively, following the first out. Danford was able to notch the tying RBI, sending one through the right side to bring Vaughan in to score to make it 1-1.

A fielder's choice where David Zorn decided to come home, but was unable to record an out with Tierney able to scamper back to third, loaded the bases for the Islanders. Borne was able to get out of the jam, though, as a grounder to third was played by Tyler Duplantis with him touching the bag and then throwing it on to first for an inning-ending double play.

Both pitchers then settled in over the next two innings, both posting zeros in the second and third to keep the game tied at one. Nicholls jumped back on top in the fourth, though, despite Belicek striking out the side. The damage came with two away, as a walk put runners on first and second was followed by a single up the middle by Justin Smith to put the Colonels up 2-1.

The Islanders came right back again in the bottom half of the fourth to tie the game up at two. Lee and Zach Hardy got things started with consecutive singles, followed by a throw that pulled the third baseman off the bag on a bunt to load the bases with still no outs.

Jacob Hubert followed by becoming the second Islander to hit into a double play with the bases loaded, but the runner did come in from third to make it 2-2 after the first four innings.

After Belicek came back out and set down the Colonels in order, he saw his offense put another single run up on the board to give the Islanders their first lead of the game.

The bottom of the fifth was sparked by a pair of miscues by Nicholls, as an error and catcher's interference put runners on first and second with one away. The bats for the Islanders followed, as back-to-back singles by Danford and Lee brought in the third run of the game for A&M - Corpus Christi. Borne was able to strand the bases loaded though, as a fly out and strikeout brought the fifth inning to a close.

The Islanders did chase Borne in the bottom of the sixth after he hit Vaughan to put runners on first and second, but his reliever, Marc Frazier was able to come in and strikeout Tierney to end the threat. Frazier went on to throw the seventh and eighth as well not allowing a hit.

Belicek found himself having to escape a jam in the top of the seventh, as a hit batter and single with two away loaded the bases. This prompted a long discussion on the mound, but head coach Scott Malone decided to stay with his southpaw. The decision paid off, as Belicek stranded the bases full by getting a fly out.

The Colonels made some more noise the following inning, as a two hit batters with a sac bunt in between those put runners on first and second and chased Belicek from the game. Kevin Landgrebe came on and got the only batter he faced on a fielder's choice, before sidewinder Dorris punched out Smith to strand runners on the corners.

Dorris came back out in the ninth and continued to be filthy on the mound, as he struck out the side to record Ks on every batter he faced to secure the win for the Islanders.

There will be free online video broadcasts of all games throughout the tournament on the Southland Digital Network, which includes Southland.org and the league's free mobile and tablet apps. The championship game will be carried live on ESPN3.

Be sure to follow A&M - Corpus Christi on Twitter (@IslandersBSB) to find out who the Islanders will be matched up against tomorrow.

 


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Seven Islanders Recognized on All-Southland Baseball Team http://www.kristv.com/news/seven-islanders-recognized-on-all-southland-baseball-team/ http://www.kristv.com/news/seven-islanders-recognized-on-all-southland-baseball-team/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 19 May 2014 3:57:21 PM TAMUCC.COM Seven Islanders Recognized on All-Southland Baseball Team

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team saw seven players earn recognition from the Southland Conference on Monday, as the league announced its all-conference teams for the 2014 season.

Senior third baseman Brandon Tierney was the lone Islander to earn First-Team All-Southland honors, while junior pitcher Matt Danton was placed on the second team. A trio of Islanders were tabbed on the third team, as seniors Cody Stephens and Russell Vaughan picked up the honors at second base and catcher respectively, while junior outfielder Tyler Ware joined them.

The five members placed on the three all-conference teams tied for the most out of any Southland teams, as Sam Houston State and Oral Roberts each had five players honored as well.

Two more players from A&M - Corpus Christi were also recognized as honorable mention, as juniors Jordan Lee and Trevor Belicek earned votes from at least 25 percent of the league's coaches and sports information directors.

After earning honorable mention a year ago, Tierney had a strong year at the plate and defensively at the hot corner to be placed on the first team in his senior season. The native of Arlington, Texas, led the team throughout the regular season with his .335 batting average. A 13-game hit streak, as well as five consecutive three-hit games during that stretch, helped him to the solid average.

In his second season after transferring from Iowa Western JC, Tierney tallied 11 doubles, two triples and three home runs in his 68 hits to give him the highest slugging percentage on the team at .453. He finished second in on-base percentage at .429, while also driving in the fourth most runs on the season with 30.

The lone Islander on the second team, right-handed pitcher Danton was the workhorse for A&M - Corpus Christi this season, compiling the third-most innings pitched in the Southland during the regular season with 95, just two thirds of an inning less than the leader in the category.

The Conroe, Texas, native settled in as the Friday night starter for the team, and was able to tally quality starts in 11 of his 14 appearances, going at least seven innings in nine of his outings.

Danton finished second on the team in ERA at 3.69, while picking up seven wins on the year. The righty also posted the lowest batting average against at .264, while also setting down 59 batters by way of strikeout.

For the second consecutive season Stephens made his way onto the third team. During the regular season, the second baseman hit .283 and tied for the team lead with 32 RBIs. Stephens turned it on in league play, picking up 28 of those RBIs against Southland foes, while also stealing eight of his 11 bases in conference games.

Fellow senior Vaughan joined Stephens on the team, as the catcher had a big turnaround at the plate in his second season with the Islanders, hitting .319 at the plate - the second highest average on the team - after batting just .181 at the dish a year ago. He played especially well against Southland foes, hitting at a .374 clip during conference games.

Vaughan finished first on the team in on-base percentage at .459, with his 32 walks leading the team as well. His mark of .488 in that category during Southland play was the highest in the conference.

Newcomer Ware joined the senior leaders on the third team in his first season with the Islanders after transferring from Iowa Western, hitting .294 on the year, while tying for the team lead in RBIs at 32 as well as home runs with three.

The native of Omaha, Neb., had a strong finish to the season, reaching base safely in 23 consecutive games before failing to get on in the series finale. He also had a knack for collecting triples, as he recorded six, which ranks in the top 20 in the nation.

For the third straight year, Lee was tabbed as honorable mention, as he is now just one stolen base short of tying teammate Stephens for the most stolen bases in a single season, sitting at 18. Lee also tallied the third-highest batting average on the team at .304 to go along with 27 RBIs on the season.

Belicek earned honorable mention after settling in during the second half of the season to post an ERA of 4.09 with four wins on the year in 88 innings of work. He also finished in fourth among Southland pitchers in punchouts with 74 on the year, with 54 of those coming against conference foes.

As a team, the Islanders finished in a tie for third place in the Southland on the season, and earned the three seed in the conference tournament. A&M - Corpus Christi will play tournament host Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. in the final game of day one in the tourney at Bear Stadium. For full information on the tournament, visit the tournament website by clicking HERE.

Fans can keep up with the team on various social media outlets by following the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB), as well as on Facebook (IslandersBaseball).

2014 Southland All-Conference Teams

First Team

Pos.
Name
University
Class
Hometown

1B
Chayse Marion2
McNeese State
Sr.
Red Deer, Alberta

2B
Andrew Guillotte
McNeese State
Jr.
Moss Bluff, La.

3B
Brandon Tierney
A&M-Corpus Christi
Sr.
Arlington, Texas

SS
Sam Bumpers2
Lamar
Sr.
Bourbornnais, Ill.

OF
Tyler Boss
Oral Roberts
Sr.
Spring, Texas

OF
Doug Votolato
Central Arkansas
Sr.
Flower Mound, Texas

OF
Jackson Gooch2
McNeese State
Sr.
Delta, British Columbia

C
Anthony Azar3
Sam Houston State
Sr.
The Woodlands, Texas

DH
Mackenzie Handel
Stephen F. Austin
Sr.
Chandler, Ariz.

P
Taylor Byrd
Nicholls
Sr.
Petal, Miss.

P
Andro Cutura
Southeastern La.
Jr.
Pearl River, La.

P
Pepe Gomez
Oral Roberts
Sr.
Tucson, Ariz.


Second Team

Pos.
Name
University
Class
Hometown

1B
Ryan O'Hearn
Sam Houston State
Jr.
Frisco, Texas

2B
Matt Brandy
Oral Roberts
Jr.
Tampa, Fla.

3B
Chase Daughdrill
Northwestern State
Jr.
Bossier City, La.

SS
Jose Trevino2
Oral Roberts
Jr.
Corpus Christi, Texas

OF
Colt Atwood
Sam Houston State
Jr.
Katy, Texas

OF
Jude Vidrine
Lamar
Sr.
Nederland, Texas

OF
Keith Cormier
Nicholls
Sr.
Channelview, Texas

C
Seth Spivey
Abilene Christian
Sr.
Brenham, Texas

DH
Billy Sommers
McNeese State
So.
Moss Bluff, La.

P
Matt Danton
A&M-Corpus Christi
Jr.
Conroe, Texas

P
Tyler Eppler
Sam Houston State
Jr.
Navasota, Texas

P
Adam Oller
Northwestern State
Fr.
Conroe, Texas


Third Team

Pos.
Name
University
Class
Hometown

1B
Caleb Dugas
Northwestern State
Jr.
Raymond, Miss.

2B
Cody Stephens
A&M-Corpus Christi
Sr.
Concord, Calif.

3B
Reed Seely
Lamar
Jr.
Baytown, Texas

SS
Samuel Capielano
New Orleans
Fr.
River Ridge, La.

OF
Andrew Godbold
Southeastern La.
Jr.
Oak Park, Ill.

OF
Hayden Simerly
Sam Houston State
Jr.
Round Rock, Texas

OF
Tyler Ware
A&M-Corpus Christi
Jr.
Omaha, Neb.

C
Russell Vaughn
A&M-Corpus Christi
Sr.
Mesa, Ariz.

DH
Kyle Markum
Lamar
Jr.
Beaumont, Texas

P
Grant Borne
Nicholls
So.
Baton Rouge, La.

P
Bryce Biggerstaff
Central Arkansas
Sr.
Sherwood, Ark.

P
Jordan Romano
Oral Roberts
Jr.
Markham, Ontario


Honorable Mention - First Base: Brandon Provost, Lamar. Second Base: Chris Townsend, Central Arkansas. Third Base: Carter Burgess, Sam Houston State. Shortstop: Corey Toups, Sam Houston State; Leo Vargas, Nicholls. Outfield: Jordan Lee, A&M-Corpus Christi; Jacob Middleton, Lamar; Jesse Hoover, UIW; Jordan McCoy, Houston Baptist; Ricardo Sanchez, Stephen F. Austin. Catcher: Jameson Fisher, Southeastern La. Designated Hitter: Daniel Midyett, Southeastern La. Pitchers: Jason Simms, Sam Houston State;Trevor Belicek, A&M-Corpus Christi; Geno Encina, UIW; Dillon Mangham, Stephen F. Austin; Guillermo Trujillo, Oral Roberts.

 

2014 Southland Conference Individual Awards

Player of the Year: Anthony Azar, Sam Houston State

Hitter of the Year: Sam Bumpers, Lamar

Pitcher of the Year: Taylor Byrd, Nicholls

Relief Pitcher of the Year: Jordan Romano, Oral Roberts

Freshman of the Year: Adam Oller, Northwestern State

Newcomer of the Year: Jordan Romano, Oral Roberts

Utility Player of the Year: Curtis Jones, Houston Baptist

Clay Gould Coach of the Year: Seth Thibodaux, Nicholls

 

 


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SHSU Completes Sweep, Islanders Finishes Third in SLC http://www.kristv.com/news/shsu-completes-sweep-islanders-finishes-third-in-slc/ http://www.kristv.com/news/shsu-completes-sweep-islanders-finishes-third-in-slc/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 17 May 2014 5:27:34 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi SHSU Completes Sweep, Islanders Finishes Third in SLC

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team dropped its regular season finale Saturday at Don Sanders Stadium, as Sam Houston State was able to complete the sweep with a 9-1 victory.

The win for the Bearkats (40-15, 22-8 SLC) clinched their third consecutive Southland Conference title, while the loss dropped the Islanders (30-25, 19-11) to a tie for third with Northwestern State. Owning the tiebreaker over the Demons, the Islanders will be the three seed and will will now play in the Southland Conference Tournament against host Central Arkansas on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.

It was another tough offensive day for A&M - Corpus Christi, as the lone run of the game for the Islanders came off a solo shot by Kyle Danford in the second inning, which put the visitors up by one at that point. Russell Vaughan was the only Islander in the last two games to notch a multi-hit game, as he went 2-for-3 at the dish, while Cody Stephens saw his 13-game hit streak come to an end and Tyler Ware had a 23-game streak of reaching base safely fall as well.

Five different Bearkats tallied RBIs on the day, with Colt Atwood tallying three of them at the top of the order, going 3-for-5 at the dish.

Sam Odom picked up the win for SHSU, as he went seven innings, allowing only the home run with four other hits spread out. Devin Skapura picked up the tough loss despite throwing well, as he went 5 2/3 innings with six runs given up, but only one of those earned.

After the dinger by Danford in the second, the Bearkats came back to tie the game up at one in the third. Following eight consecutive SHSU batters set down by Skapura, an error put Travis Lee up at second, before Atwood picked up his first RBI of the game on a single to score Lee.

Both pitchers were able to strand two runners on in the fourth, but SHSU came back with another big two-out knock in the fifth to jump out on top. Lee came in to score once again, as Hayden Simerly single to right field, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double keeping the lead at 2-1 for the Bearkats.

The following inning was when SHSU put the lead out of reach though, as they scored five runs in the sixth after plating nine in the same inning the night before. An error put the first run on in the inning with one down, but Skapura came back to get the second out on fly out.

It was then that Skapura appeared to get out of the inning, as Gibson settled underneath a fly ball, but it was ruled that Skapura had balked prior to the pitch. The inning unraveled from there, as the Bearkats picked up a pair of two-RBI doubles from Luke Plucheck and Lee, as well as a solo RBI single from Atwood to put SHSU up 7-1.

The Bearkats added two more in the following inning to go up 9-1, as their pitching staff closed out the game to secure the win.

The Southland Tournament will run from May 21-24 and will be a double elimination format. For full info on the tournament, check out the tournament central page HERE.

To keep up with the Islanders throughout their tournament run follow along on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and through Facebook (IslandersBaseball).

 

 


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Isles Enjoy Another Solid Year in NCAA Progress Rate http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-enjoy-another-solid-year-in-ncaa-progress-rate/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-enjoy-another-solid-year-in-ncaa-progress-rate/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 14 May 2014 2:20:35 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Enjoy Another Solid Year in NCAA Progress Rate

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Athletics posted another strong showing in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, as released today by the organization. Thirteen of the 14 Islanders programs whose data were reviewed posted a multi-year APR of 935 or better.

"We're continuing to make progress in the APR, and posting another strong year was a necessity," Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. "With the higher standards that were put into place a couple of years ago, it has been a struggle for many schools at our level, but our coaches have done a good job of making adjustments to ensure that we are up to the standards set forth by the NCAA."

The lone team that fell below a 935 was men's basketball, with a four-year rolling average of 910 posted for the most recent data set, which tracks the 2009-10 season through the 2012-13 campaign. The men's basketball team posted a 939 for the 2012-13 season after a 957 in 2011-12.

"Men's basketball has continued to show solid progress in the APR," Lazenby added. "The four-year average won't show it until the 2010-11 data set is off the books, but Coach Wilson has done a tremendous job of improving the character and academics of Islanders Basketball, and I have all the faith in them to continue to post strong numbers."

In addition to women's golf, which received public recognition last week for its perfect score of 1,000, several other programs had strong multi-year scores. Softball (977), men's tennis (964), women's basketball (960), women's tennis (960) and women's cross country (957) all posted four-year APR totals over 950.

The Association holds Division I institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the APR, a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-2013 academic years.

Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 950 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.

 

 


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Lamar Tops Islanders Baseball, 10-7, Sets Up Showdown with SHSU http://www.kristv.com/news/lamar-tops-islanders-baseball-10-7-sets-up-showdown-with-shsu/ http://www.kristv.com/news/lamar-tops-islanders-baseball-10-7-sets-up-showdown-with-shsu/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 11 May 2014 6:04:53 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Lamar Tops Islanders Baseball, 10-7, Sets Up Showdown with SHSU

CORPUS CHRISTI - Jude Vidrine went 3-for-5 with four runs scored to lead Lamar to a 10-7 victory over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team on Sunday at Chapman Field. The Cardinals (29-22, 14-13 Southland) remained in a three-way tie for seventh place with the win, while the Islanders (30-22, 19-8) are now tied with Sam Houston State for the conference lead.

A&M-Corpus Christi and the Bearkats will meet in the final series of the regular season next weekend in Huntsville, with the winner claiming at least a share of the conference crown. The two teams have a one-game lead on Northwestern State and Nicholls, each of which is 18-9.

The top of the Cardinals order did the bulk of the damage, as the top four hitters went 9-for-18 in the game, scoring seven runs and driving in five. Tyler Sullivan also had a strong day, going 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Lance Warren picked up the win out of the pen, as the Cardinals relievers combined to scatter three hits in 4 2/3 innings of work.

Kaleb Keith was carded with the loss after allowing five runs in 2 1/3 frames of work for the Islanders. Jordan Lee and Frankie Salas each went 2-for-4, with Salas scoring a pair of runs.

Lamar struck in the first on the bat of Sam Bumpers, as Vidrine drew a leadoff walk and Bumpers went the other way with a 2-2 pitch, sending it over the wall in right for his fifth homer of the season. But Keith bounced back to get the next two batters and end the frame.

The Islanders got a run back in the bottom of the second. Salas led off with a double off the right-field wall and Russell Vaughan reached on a walk to follow. Kyle Danford hit into a double play to send Salas to third with two away, but an error scored Salas to cut it to a 2-1 deficit.

Lamar came right back and put a crooked number on the board in the top of the third. After Keith got the leadoff hitter, each of the next three batters tallied singles to load the bags. Keith gave way to Kevin Landgrebe, and the righty got a popout for the second out of the frame. But Jacoby Middleton was hit by a pitch to score the first run, and Tyler Sullivan followed by lining a single into left field to plate two runs and make it 5-1. A passed ball made it a 6-1 Cardinals lead.

The Islanders got a run back in the bottom of the third, as Lee led off with a triple and Tyler Ware brought him home on an RBI groundout to make it 6-2. The teams traded runs in the fourth, with Lamar getting an RBI single from Reed Seeley and the Islanders adding a run on a sac fly from Josh Garza.

A&M-Corpus Christi cut it to three runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Cody Stephens doubled and Salas and Vaughan each walked to load the bases with one out. Danford ripped a pitch to left, but it hung up long enough to result in a sac fly that made it 7-4.

The Cardinals were able to deliver a pair of runs in the sixth to push the lead back to five. Back-to-back singles with one out were followed by a wild pitch and Vidrine delivered a run on an RBI single. Brandon Provost delivered an RBI infield single later in the frame to push the edge to 9-4.

The Islanders made it interesting in the bottom of the eighth, as Jordan Lee delivered a two-run single that plated Danford and pinch-runner Brandon Guilford to cut the lead to 9-6. Brandon Tierney followed with a single to center to bring the tying run to the plate, but Derek Wade was able to get the next two batters to emerge without any further damage. The Cardinals added an insurance run in the top of the ninth, and the Islanders were able to get one run back in the bottom, but that was all they could muster in the 10-7 defeat.

The Islanders will wrap up the regular season with next weekend's three-game set at SHSU, beginning Thursday, May 15, in Huntsville. Live stats and video will be available at GoBearkats.com, with a live audio broadcast on GoIslanders.com. Updates will be provided on Twitter (@IslandersBSB).

 


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