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. () () Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:04:32 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Islanders Rally to Pick Up Wild Win in Opener with Demons http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-rally-to-pick-up-wild-win-in-opener-with-demons/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-rally-to-pick-up-wild-win-in-opener-with-demons/ Sports - Islanders Fri, 18 Apr 2014 3:48:14 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Rally to Pick Up Wild Win in Opener with Demons

NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana - The A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team mounted a tremendous rally, scoring four runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game, before plating two more in the 13th to take a 7-5 victory in the four hour and 20 minute series opener against Northwestern State.

Cody Stephens delivered the heroics both times for the Islanders (20-19, 10-6 Southland), as he picked up a two-out double with the bases loaded in the ninth to bring around two runs to tie the game up at five. Later, he delivered the single in the 13th, which brought Brandon Tierney in for the eventual game-winning run.

With the win, A&M - Corpus Christi now moves into a tie with Northwestern State (22-15, 10-6) to go along with four other teams atop the Southland standings, as there is now a six-way tie for first.

Josh Garza had another fantastic day at the plate, as he picked up his second consecutive four-hit game, raising his batting average 63 percent over those two games. Tierney and Russell Vaughan also continued their hot stretch at the plate, both picking up three hits and one RBI.

The rest of the lineup picked up seven more hits to give the team 17 on the night, marking the fourth game in a row with at least 14 knocks. The Islanders now have double digit hits in eight of the last nine games.

The final two relief pitchers for the Islanders were also outstanding, with Jacob Dorris nearly matching his career-high with 3 1-3 innings, giving up just one hit and no runs. Kevin Landgrebe then came on and eventually picked up the win, allowing just one walk over two scoreless innings.

The Islanders struggled with runners in scoring position early on in the game, as they stranded three runners in scoring position over the first four innings. The Demons capitalized on their opponent's lack of production, as they were able to score three runs in the bottom of the fourth to jump out to an early 3-0 lead.

However, the Islanders came back to cut the deficit to two in the fifth, as Garza got on with a one-out double before Tierney drove him in with two outs.

That was all Northwestern State's starting pitcher, freshman Adam Oller, allowed before he departed after the sixth with the 3-1 lead. His team added on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, while reliever Joey Parrack tossed scoreless innings in the seventh to put the Demons up 5-1 heading into the ninth.

It was a quick strike to start the rally for the Islanders, as Zack Gibson singled to start the inning before advancing to second on an error. Vaughan then followed up with a double to right center field to bring Gibson make it a 5-2 game.

The next two batters were set down though, making things even tougher on the Islanders. However, Jordan Lee and Tierney got on with a walk and a hit by pitch, before Frankie Salas drew another walk to cut the lead down to two. That set the table for Stephens to pick up the two-run double to tie the game up at 5-5 on his first hit of the game to send the game to extras.

Despite the Islanders slowing at the plate, it was then that the bullpen started to take control for A&M - Corpus Christi. In the 10th, Dorris worked out of huge jam, as he got a ground out followed by a strike out to strand the bases loaded for the Demons. He the came back to strand a runner on second in the 11th with another inning-ending strikeout.

After it was A&M - Corpus Christi stranding a runner on second in the top of the 12th, Landgrebe came on in the bottom half of the inning, picking up right where Dorris left off, as he struck out a batter with a Demon runner at second to end the threat.

In the 13th, the Islanders struck in a hurry once again, as after a fly out to start, Tierney singled before Zacarias Hardy doubled to left field to put runners on second and third with still one out.

Stephens then came through with his second RBI to put the Islanders on top, before Tyler Ware singled through the right side to bring Hardy in to score and give the Islanders a big insurance run. Landgrebe came back out and sealed the win for the visitors.

The teams will be back in action Saturday, as the Islanders will look to clinch the series with a game two win. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. with Trevor Belicek set to face Josh Oller.

Live audio will be available on GoIslanders.com, with live stats and video on NSUdemons.com.

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Islanders Down ORU, 4-1, to Move Into a Tie For First Place in the SLC http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-down-oru-4-1-to-move-into-a-tie-for-first-place-in-the-slc/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-down-oru-4-1-to-move-into-a-tie-for-first-place-in-the-slc/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 14 Apr 2014 5:31:58 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Down ORU, 4-1, to Move Into a Tie For First Place in the SLC

CORPUS CHRISTI - After a slight rain delay, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team cruised to their eighth consecutive Southland Conference victory today, 4-1, over Oral Roberts to share a spot with Northwestern State at the top of the conference. After the rain forced the Islanders (16-5, 8-1 SLC) to play indoors at the HEB Tennis Center, the team won four singles matches over the Golden Eagles (3-14, 0-10 SLC). The Islanders have now won 10 of their last 11 matches.

"Give Oral Roberts credit, they were tough and fought us hard," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "I feel like our girls struggled a little at first making the adjustments of going from outdoors to indoors, but they kept fighting and kept looking for solutions and sooner or later they figured it out. We still have to keep getting five percent better each week at core fundamental things. We have to start the match with more spirit and energy, but these girls always compete hard. This is an extremely high-character group."

Maider Martin put the Islanders on the board with a straight-set victory in No. 3 singles over Melanie Marlin, 7-5, 6-2. The Islanders then tacked on their second point of the day in No. 2 singles after freshman Judit Vives edged out Marizanne Bouwer in a third-set tiebreaker to win her ninth straight singles match. Vives dropped the first set 6-3 before clawing back to a 6-1 second-set victory. In the third, the Barcelona, Spain native posted a 6-4 victory to improve to 15-1 in singles play and 8-1 in the conference. She also improved her record at No. 2 singles to 3-0.

The Islanders padded their lead to 3-0 after senior Sandra Burges downed Mairead Cleary, 6-0, 6-1, in No. 5 singles to improve to 8-1 in Southland play. The Golden Eagles battled their way to a third-set victory in No. 1 singles to post their first point of the day. Senior Stefania Nicolae lost a tight first-set tiebreaker, 7-6 (4), to Haley Martin, before answering back with a 6-4 second-set win. In the third, the two went neck-and-neck before Martin captured a 6-4 victory.

Sophomore Celia Rodriguez continued her dominance in singles play with her ninth consecutive victory to clinch the match for the Islanders. The Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain blanked Ximena Puentes in the first set, 6-0, before securing a 6-2 second-set victory, to improve to 13-0 at No. 4 singles and 16-3 overall. She also has an impressive 7-1 mark in Southland play this season.

In the final singles match, Venesa Figueroa was leading her first set 5-0 over Nika Munoz when play was called.

The women's team will now embark on their final two conference road matches of the year. First up is a neutral-site match against first-year Southland member Abilene Christian on Wednesday, April 16, in Austin, Texas, at 10 a.m.

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

Tennis Match Results

Oral Roberts vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

4/14/2014 at Corpus Christi, Texas


Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 4, Oral Roberts 1

Singles competition:

1. Haley Martin (ORUW) def. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4

2. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Marizanne Bouwer (ORUW) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

3. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Melanie Marlin (ORUW) 7-5, 6-2

4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. Ximena Puentes (ORUW) 6-0, 6-2

5. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Mairead Cleary (ORUW) 6-0, 6-1

6. Venesa Figueroa (AMCC) vs. Nika Munoz (ORUW) 5-0, unfinished


Doubles competition:

1. Melanie Marlin/Marizanne Bouwer (ORUW) vs. Judit Vives/Sandra Burges (AMCC) no result

2. Haley Martin/Ximena Puentes (ORUW) vs. Maider Martin/Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) no result

3. Nika Munoz/Mairead Cleary (ORUW) vs. Stefania Nicolae/Venesa Figueroa (AMCC) no result


Match Notes:

Oral Roberts 3-14, 0-10 SLC

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 16-5, 8-1 SLC

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

 


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Islanders Earn Series Victory Against HBU with Finale Win http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-earn-series-victory-against-hbu-with-finale-win/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-earn-series-victory-against-hbu-with-finale-win/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 13 Apr 2014 7:19:28 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Earn Series Victory Against HBU with Finale Win

HOUSTON - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team continued its offensive onslaught Sunday, as it secured a series win with an 11-1 victory against Houston Baptist at Husky Field.

The Islanders (19-19, 9-6 Southland) picked up a season high 20 hits as a team in the finale to run their weekend total to 49 knocks to account for 33 runs in the series against the Huskies (16-16, 6-9). Every starter had at least one hit on the day, with six different Islanders tallying multi-hit games.

In the finale, it was the seven through nine-hole hitters who had an incredible day, as Zack Gibson, Russell Vaughan and Josh Garza combined to go 10-for-13 on the day with five RBIs and four runs scored. Vaughan picked up three of the five runs driven in, as he went 3-for-5, while Gibson scored three runs on a perfect 3-for-3 day.

Garza had his best day as an Islander at the plate, as he picked up a career-high four hits in five at bats, both scoring and driving in a run. Brandon Tierney also had a three-hit game, as he went 3-for-6 with an RBI and run scored as well.

This offensive production was more than enough for A&M - Corpus Christi's starter Devin Skapura, as the freshman went a career-high eight innings, while giving up just one run on nine hits. In his nine games started, the righty has allowed two runs or less in six of those.

After a scoreless first inning, the Islanders got on the board first in the top of the second. Cody Stephens got in with a leadoff double, and advanced over to third on a fly out. He remained at third after a pop up, but Gibson picked up his first hit of the game, with a double to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.

Vaughan then added the second run for A&M - Corpus Christi, as he followed with a single up the middle to bring Gibson in to score to make it a 2-0 lead in the second.

However, starter Curtis Jones, who played at third base in the first two games, settled in on the mound, posting four consecutive scoreless innings from the third through the sixth.

During that stretch the Huskies were able to cut the lead in half, as in the bottom of the fifth HBU scored its first run of the game, as a two out single to right center brought in a run to make it a 2-1 game.

After scoring eight total runs in the first two games in the seventh inning, the Islanders offense continued their dominance in that particular inning, busting the game open with seven in the seventh in the rubber match.

Garza started the inning with a double to left field, before coming home on a throwing error by the third baseman who threw away the throw to first. Tierney then reached on the second consecutive error by Clayton Vaughan.

Frankie Salas came up next and was the fourth Islander batter to reach to start the inning, as he singled to center, bringing Jordan Lee around to score to make it 4-1. This chased Jones out of the game, as the Huskies went to another position player, their second baseman Josh Martinez to work HBU out of the jam.

However, he was unable to do so, allowing a run to come across on a passed ball, followed by a sacrifice fly to extend the Islanders lead to 6-1.

This emptied the bases, but Martinez allowed two singles, a walk and a double to the next four hitters, as Vaughan's double brought two runs in to extend A&M - Corpus Christi's lead up to seven.

HBU had to go to its third pitcher of the inning, as Kobie Hajdik gave up a single to his first batter, which scored another run, before finally getting out of the inning, as Vaughan tried to score on a fly out.

After blowing a late lead in the ninth Saturday, the Islanders made sure to add some insurance runs in the top of the ninth, as Lee and Tierney each picked up an RBI to make it an 11-1 game. Tyler Schnuriger then came on in relief of Skapura and set down the side in order to secure the game and series victory for the Islanders.

The Islanders will now have their first midweek off of the year, as they will next take on Northwestern State in a three-game Southland series, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Natchitoches, La.

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HBU Rallies Past Islanders, 9-8 http://www.kristv.com/news/hbu-rallies-past-islanders-9-8/ http://www.kristv.com/news/hbu-rallies-past-islanders-9-8/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 12 Apr 2014 5:19:03 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi HBU Rallies Past Islanders, 9-8

HOUSTON - Houston Baptist rallied for six runs in the bottom of the ninth to knock off the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team by a score of 9-8 on Saturday at Husky Field, evening the series up at one.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, it was one of HBU's (16-15, 6-8 Southland) best hitters coming up with his second knock of the game, as he dropped one right in front of Jordan Lee, clearing the bases to tie the game up at eight.

After moving up from second to third on a ground out, Jones then came in to score the winning run on a passed ball.

Jordan McCoy also had a big day for the Huskies, as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI, with his final hit sparking the rally to lead things off in the final inning of play. Clay Thomas had a solid day in the nine-hole, as he drove in two RBIs, with both coming on a single to left in the ninth that pulled HBU within three at that point.

For the Islanders (18-19, 8-6) Lee and Brandon Tierney both picked up three-hit days. The game marked the second consecutive game Lee had three hits, and was the seventh time he had done so this season. He also had an RBI, while Tierney knocked in a pair of RBIs.

It was a strong offensive day up and down the Islanders lineup, as eight of the nine starters tallied at least one hit.

Trevor Belicek picked up a tough no decision for A&M - Corpus Christi, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out five.

Both Belicek and his counterpart Ryan Lower got off to good starts, as the game was scoreless after two. However, the Islanders got on the board first, as Lee drove in Zack Gibson after he got aboard with a leadoff double.

Frankie Salas was able to notch his first RBI later that inning, belting a single to left field to bring Tierney around to score, making it a 2-0 Islander advantage.

Both pitchers then locked in over the next three innings, as they Islanders still held on to their two run lead going into the seventh.

A&M - Corpus Christi looked to distance themselves from the Huskies in the seventh though, as they picked up four consecutive singles to start the inning to make it a 3-0 ballgame. Salas then plated his second RBI, as he coaxed a bases loaded walk to bring in another run and extend the lead to four.

This was when Lower was replaced on the mound by Brandon Hammerly, who came on and got a big double play on the first batter he faced. However, that did allow another run to score, and Tyler Ware then came through with a single into center to bring Tierney in to score to make it a 6-0 game heading into the seventh-inning stretch.

The Huskies began their comeback in the bottom half of the inning though, as Samm Wiggins finally put HBU on the scoreboard with a single to left to bring Jones in to score. Jordan McCoy then came right back with a single of his own to score another run, before a sacrifice fly brought Wiggins in to score to cut the Islanders lead in half, 6-3.

The Islanders came right back though to score two more in the top of the eighth, with both Tierney and Jacob Hubert picking up RBI singles to push the lead back out to five. However, this would be all they would score before HBU's heroics in the bottom of the ninth sealed a tough defeat for A&M - Corpus Christi.

The two teams will faceoff in what will now be a rubber match Sunday, with Devin Skapura matching up against Curtis Jones. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Husky Field.

Live audio will be available on GoIslanders.com, with live stats and video on HBUHuskies.com. To keep up with the action, fans can also follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and like it on Facebook (Islanders Baseball).

 


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Islanders Route HBU for Run-Rule Victory in Series Opener http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-route-hbu-for-run-rule-victory-in-series-opener/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-route-hbu-for-run-rule-victory-in-series-opener/ Sports - Islanders Fri, 11 Apr 2014 8:44:17 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Route HBU for Run-Rule Victory in Series Opener

HOUSTON - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team saw its offense explode in its series opener with Houston Baptist, as they picked up a 14-1 run-rule victory in seven innings Friday at Husky Field to snap a three-game losing streak.

Tyler Ware had his biggest day as an Islander, as he notched a career-high five runs driven in, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Cody Stephens and Jordan Lee joined him with three hits, as Stephens drove in three RBIs, while also scoring three runs, and Lee scored two runs, while also stealing his team-high 16th base.

Matt Danton took advantage of the Islanders' big lead throughout the game, as he went six innings, giving up just one run on five hits to earn his fifth win of the year.

The Islanders (18-18, 8-5 Southland) got rolling in a hurry, picking up three consecutive hits to take a 1-0 lead out of the gate, culminating on a RBI double by Frankie Salas.

After Stephens got hit by a pitch to load the bases, Ware came through with his first RBI, as he moved everyone up a station with a single in right to double the Islanders' lead.

Then after HBU (15-15, 5-8) starter Taylor Wright got his first out of the game on a strikeout, he walked the next batter, Russell Vaughan, to bring in another run. The righty came back to get another strikeout, before another bases loaded walk to Josh Garza ended Wright's day, while also putting the Islanders up 4-0.

However, his replacement's day didn't start on a positive not, as Matt Harding came on and threw a wild pitch to the first batter he faced, allowing Ware to come in for the fifth and final run of the first.

With a big lead, Danton came out and went about his normal business, pitching to contact, picking up a fly out and two groundouts to set the Huskies down in order in the first.

In the second, Ware picked up his second RBI of the game, as he sent a pitch deep into left with Salas standing on third to extend the Islanders lead to six.

However, the third HBU pitcher, Ross Kennell, settled things down for the Huskies, as he threw three scoreless innings from the third to the fifth. After Kennell set the Islanders down in the fifth, his offense was able to pull HBU back within five, as a grounder with runners on the corners brought in the Huskies first run of the game.

However, Kennell had a tough fourth inning, as he was just one out away from posting his fourth consecutive scoreless inning before Stephens singled to left to bring Lee in to score to push the lead back up to six.

Ware then followed up with another huge knock, as he notched his third triple of the season by sending one in the left center gap to drive in two more runs. Kyle Danford then picked up his first RBI of the game, driving one up the middle to bring Ware around to score to make it a 10-1 game after the top of the sixth.

After Danton bounced back to post a scoreless bottom half of the inning, the Huskies struggled to come up with that elusive third out once again in the seventh. With two away, the Islanders had runners on the corners before Hubert picked up his first RBI of the season with a double down the left field line to push the lead to 10.

Stephens then came up and almost blasted his first home run of the season, as he drilled a double off the top of the left field wall to bring in two more runs before Ware picked up his fifth and final RBI of the game, as he singled up the middle to plate Stephens to push the lead up to 14-1.

Dalton D'Spain came on in the seventh and threw a perfect 1-2-3 innings to easily secure the run-rule victory for A&M - Corpus Christi.

Game two of the series will get underway an hour earlier on Saturday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. Trevor Belicek (1-5, 4.75 ERA) will get the nod for the Islanders, as he will face off against HBU's Ryan Lower (4-1, 2.23).

Live audio will be available on GoIslanders.com, with live stats and video on HBUHuskies.com. To keep up with the action, fans can also follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and like it on Facebook (Islanders Baseball).

 


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Isles Fall 10-2 to UTSA http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-fall-10-2-to-utsa/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-fall-10-2-to-utsa/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 8 Apr 2014 9:55:54 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Fall 10-2 to UTSA

CORPUS CHRISTI - Boone Mokry pitched seven strong innings to lead UTSA to a 10-2 victory over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team on Tuesday night at Chapman Field. The Roadrunners (22-11) earned the season series win, 2-1, over the Islanders (17-18).

Horacio Correa III went 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs, while John Wellborn went 2-for-4 and scored three times to lead the UTSA offense, which collected 13 hits on the night. That was more than enough support for Mokry, who scattered six hits and did not allow a walk to improve to 1-1.

The Islanders used eight pitchers in the loss, with starter Gavin Williamson tossing two shutout innings. A.J. Flores (1 2/3 innings), Jacob Dorris (1 2/3) and Dalton D'Spain (1) each posted scoreless outings in the loss. Brandon Tierney and Brett Burner each went 2-for-4 for A&M-Corpus Christi, with Tierney knocking in two runs.

UTSA delivered the first blow with a run in the top of the third. C.J. Pickering began the frame with a double to the left-center field gap, and two batters later, Correa drove him home with a single to center for a 1-0 lead. Things got hairier for Jared Jordan on the mound, as an error and a misplay loaded the bases with one away, but Jesse Baker bounced into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

The Roadrunners added to that in a big way in the fourth, putting a four-spot on the board to make it 5-0, doing all the damage with two outs. Pickering came to the dish with a runner on second and two away, and drew a walk to extend the inning. Wellborn then delivered an RBI single to right center, making it a 2-0 ballgame. An error on Josh Garza then resulted in the third run of the game, and Mike Warren capped off the rally with a two-run single to make it a five-run lead.

Meanwhile, Mokry kept on rolling on the mound for the Roadrunners, delivering 1-2-3 innings in the second and fourth, and limiting the Islanders to three baserunners in the other three frames to maintain the 5-0 lead through five innings.

In the top of the sixth, UTSA tacked on two more runs to push the lead to 7-0. The visitors loaded the bases with one out to chase Thomas Casey from the game, as Dorris came on in relief. Dorris got the first man he faced on a popup, but Baker sent a sinking liner to right center that fell into the gap for a two-run double and a seven-run advantage.

The Roadrunners pushed across three more runs in the top of the eighth off A.J. Longoria. Wellborn singled to lead off the frame, stole second, and came around to score on a base knock by Correa to make it 8-0. After a strikeout, Longoria surrendered a walk and a hit batsman to load the bases with one away. Tony Ramirez then delivered a single just inside the third-base bag to plate two runs and push the lead to 10-0.

A&M-Corpus Christi finally cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth. Burner led off the frame with an infield single to end Mokry's night after seven strong innings, and Logan Onda came on to surrender a walk to Russell Vaughan. After a groundout moved the runners to second and third, Tierney looped a single into left field to plate both runs and make it 10-2. That was as close as the Islanders would get, though, as Wesley Cox slammed the door to finish off the home squad.

The Islanders will return to conference play this weekend, as they travel to Houston for a three-game set against Houston Baptist. The series will commence on Friday at 2 p.m., followed by games on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Live audio will be available on GoIslanders.com, with live stats and video on HBUHuskies.com.

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Islanders Drop Series to SFA in Offense Fueled Finale http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-drop-series-to-sfa-in-offense-fueled-finale/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-drop-series-to-sfa-in-offense-fueled-finale/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 6 Apr 2014 5:58:08 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Drop Series to SFA in Offense Fueled Finale

CORPUS CHRISTI - Ricardo Sanchez' two-out single in the top of the ninth lifted Stephen F. Austin to a 7-6 victory over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team on Sunday at Chapman Field. The Lumberjacks (15-15, 6-6 Southland) took two of three from the Islanders (17-17, 7-5) in the weekend series.

Sanchez and Nick Ramos each delivered four hits in the win for SFA, which posted 19 base knocks on the day. Brett Thornell added three hits as well, while Rick Cruz and Zach Marberry had two apiece. Josh Keith collected the win out of the bullpen for the 'Jacks, going 1 1/3 perfect innings.

Frankie Salas led the way with a trio of hits for A&M-Corpus Christi in the loss, as four others - Jordan Lee, Brandon Tierney, Cody Stephens and Russell Vaughan - had two each. Kaleb Keith was carded with the loss for the Islanders, allowing only an unearned run in the ninth.

Stephen F. Austin was able to crack the scoreboard first, stringing together three straight hits to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Ramos started the rally with a single, and Brett Thornell followed with a hustle double to put runners on second and third with one away. Kyle Thornell came up next and sent one to center field, scoring Ramos for a 1-0 lead.

In the third, the Lumberjacks doubled their lead with a little bit of small ball. Conner Fikes delivered a two-out single, then moved to second on a stolen base. Ramos followed with a slow roller up the middle. Stephens grabbed it on the backhand and threw to first, but Ramos dived to the bag in time to beat out the single. Meanwhile, Fikes never stopped, rounding third and coming home for the second run of the game.

Meanwhile, Kevin Bishop kept cruising for the Lumberjacks, facing the minimum in the first two innings and putting zeroes on the scoreboard every inning in the first five. The 'Jacks then added two more to their total in the top of the sixth, tacking on runs on RBI singles from Cruz and Marberry to make it 4-0.

But the Islanders came back with a four-spot in the bottom of the frame to tie the score, putting together six hits in the inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Kyle Danford delivered a sac fly for the second out, putting the Islanders' first run on the board. After Zack Gibson drew a walk, Stephens ripped one just inside the third-base bag for a two-run double to make it 4-3. Salas followed, and delivered a single to center, plating Stephens to knot the score 4-4.

SFA came back with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to regain a 6-4 lead. Mackenzie Handel and Marberry delivered one out singles, and then after a strikeout, Ramos came through with his fourth base knock of the day to plate Handel to make it 5-4. Brett Thornell followed, rolling a single through the left side to score Marberry, but Ramos was thrown out at the plate to end the inning with the score 6-4 in favor of the visitors.

The Islanders were undaunted, though, coming right back with a pair of runs to knot the score once more. Stephens and Salas notched consecutive singles with one away, and a Vaughan fielder's choice put runners at the corners and two down. Vaughan then stole second, and pinch-hitter Zacarias Hardy followed. Hardy dribbled a ball over the pitcher's mound, and the shortstop's throw got away from the first baseman to score both runs and tie the score 6-6.

But SFA received Sanchez' ninth-inning heroics, as his single over the shortstop's head plated Matthew Dickey with two away in the top of the ninth. A&M-Corpus Christi went down in order in the bottom of the frame to end the contest.

The Islanders will return to action on Tuesday, April 8, when they play host to UTSA for a 6 p.m. contest at Chapman Field. Live stats and video will also be available on GoIslanders.com, while updates will also be provided on Twitter (@IslandersBSB).

 


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Islanders Win Streak Snapped in Wild Game Against SFA http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-win-streak-snapped-in-wild-game-against-sfa/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-win-streak-snapped-in-wild-game-against-sfa/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 5 Apr 2014 9:20:28 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Win Streak Snapped in Wild Game Against SFA

CORPUS CHRISTI - Kyle Thornell went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs, as Stephen F. Austin held off the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team for a 12-10 victory over the Islanders on Saturday evening at Chapman Field. The Lumberjacks (14-15, 5-6 Southland) snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Islanders (17-16, 7-4) in the process.

All nine starters for the Lumberjacks hit safely in the game, as SFA piled up 18 hits in the victory. Ricardo Sanchez and Zach Marberry each recorded three hits, while Brett Thornell and Mackenzie Handel had two apiece. Dillon Mangham was credited with the win on 5 2/3 innings of solid work, while Tyler Wiedenfeld picked up the save with 2 2/3 frames out of the bullpen.

Jordan Lee went 3-for-5 with a home run, while Russell Vaughan delivered a 2-for-4 contest with three RBI and two runs scored. Brandon Tierney and Josh Garza each posted multi-hit games. Trevor Belicek was credited with the loss after surrendering eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

SFA took advantage of Islanders miscues to plate three runs in the top of the first. After the leadoff man reached on an error, Sanchez was hit by a pitch to put two on and nobody out. A fielder's choice then put runners on the corners and one away. Marberry then lifted a high flyball to right, but it was dropped by Jacob Hubert, allowing a run to score. An RBI groundout and a then a run-scoring single off the bat of Nick Ramos made it 3-0 in favor of the 'Jacks.

Then in the fourth, the 'Jacks tacked on a huge five-spot to push the lead to eight. Thornell got things going with a two-run homer with one away, and he was the first of six straight Lumberjacks to card hits in the frame. Matthew Dickey started it with a triple, then three of the next four hitters delivered RBI singles to put the score at 8-0 in favor of the SFA.

The Islanders were able to bounce back with a trio of two-out runs in the bottom of the fourth. With two down and a runner at first, Hubert reached on an error by the third baseman. Vaughan followed by ripping a double to left center, plating both runners to make it 8-2. Josh Garza followed by roping a liner that glanced off the leaping shortstop's glove for an RBI single.

SFA was able to get a run back in the top of the fifth on a Sanchez RBI single, but Nolan Holland rebounded to get a huge strikeout, stranding the bases loaded full of Lumberjacks, as SFA held a 9-3 lead midway through the fifth. The Islanders had a similar inning in the bottom of the sixth, plating a run on an error by the shortstop and leaving the bases loaded for a 9-4 ballgame through six.

Then, in the bottom of the seventh, the Islanders came roaring back with three more runs to cut the deficit to just two. Kyle Danford started the inning with a single and Lee followed by obliterating a pitch to deep right field for his second home run of the season. Tyler Ware later drew a one-out walk, advanced to third on a Zack Gibson single and came home on a Vaughan RBI groundout to make it 9-7.

The Islanders added another run in the bottom of the eighth on a bizarre play. With the bases loaded and one out, Dominic Lopez flew out to left-center field to score Brandon Tierney and move Danford to third. But the Lumberjacks appealed to second base, and Danford was ruled to have left early. The run, however, stood, as the play was dead before the appeal, and the home squad headed to the ninth down 9-8.

But it was Thornell who came through in the top of the ninth. A walk and a single put two on and one out, but Jacob Dorris came on and got a big popout. The joy was short-lived, though, as Thornell drilled the first pitch he saw over the wall in right center for a three-run homer, his second of the night, to make it a 12-8 ballgame.

A&M-Corpus Christi would not fade quietly in the ninth, though. Ware led off with a walk, and two batters later, Vaughan drilled a double to left center to put two on and one out. After pinch-hitter Dawson Yates went down on strikes, Tierney drilled a double to the base of the wall to cut the deficit to 12-10. But that was as close as the Islanders would get, as Stephens flew out to end the game.

The Islanders and Lumberjacks will wrap up the weekend series on Sunday at Chapman Field, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Devin Skapura (3-2, 3.00 ERA) will get the ball for A&M-Corpus Christi, while Kevin Bishop (1-3, 5.53) is slated to take the hill for SFA. Live stats and video will also be available on GoIslanders.com, while updates will also be provided on Twitter (@IslandersBSB).

 


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Womens Tennis Sweeps Sam Houston State, 5-0, to Extend Winning Streak http://www.kristv.com/news/womens-tennis-sweeps-sam-houston-state-5-0-to-extend-winning-streak/ http://www.kristv.com/news/womens-tennis-sweeps-sam-houston-state-5-0-to-extend-winning-streak/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 5 Apr 2014 9:16:18 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Womens Tennis Sweeps Sam Houston State, 5-0, to Extend Winning Streak

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team swept Sam Houston State (3-8, 1-5 SLC) today, 5-0, at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center to win their seventh consecutive match. The Islanders (13-4, 6-1 SLC) dominated in singles play with five singles wins to earn their sixth straight Southland Conference match of the season.

"These girls are fighting extremely hard together as a team," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "They have a goal that they are working very hard towards to attempt to win the Southland Conference. I feel like they are playing with great effort and energy to try and reach their goal.

"The leadership from our seniors has been tremendous. I feel like this team is getting better each week. We have a tough journey ahead of us and we must bring it every day. We must max out every day. We're not much of an outcome-oriented team, but rather we believe more of the process of maxing out our effort and attitude each day. I feel the girls did a great job of that today and we have to be ready to do it again tomorrow against a very tough Lamar team."

The Islanders and Bearkats started out with singles play and the Islanders earned an early 1-0 lead after Kerry Galhos earned her 11th singles victory of the season and seventh consecutive win at No. 6 singles after her opponent defaulted. The freshman is now 11-2 in singles play and 7-0 in conference play.

Sandra Burges followed with a straight-set win at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-1, over Isabella Costa for the Islanders second point of the day. The senior improved her singles record to 12-4 and 6-1 in Southland play. Maider Martin kept the momentum going with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles over Natalie Petaia. After starting all season at No. 2 singles, the sophomore earned her first win at No. 3 today.

For the third straight Southland match, Judit Vives clinched the match for the Islanders with a straight-set, 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles over Kayla Stevenson. Vives, who started out at No. 6 singles at the beginning of the season, worked her way up to No. 3, before earning her first win today at No. 2. The freshman has now won seven straight singles matches to improve to a team-best 13-1 overall record.

The Islanders garnered their final point of the day at No. 1 singles after Stefania Nicolae topped Imke Jagau in straight sets. In the first set, Nicolae squeezed out a 7-5 victory, before sweeping through the second set, 6-0. The senior has now won three straight singles match in the No. 1 slot.

In No. 4 singles, Celia Rodriguez was battling Karen Martinez when rain forced the Islanders and Bearkats to call the match. Rodriguez secured the first set 6-4 and was ahead 4-3 in the second set when play was stopped.

The match was sponsored by longtime supporter Scott Humpal and Humpal Physical Therapy.

"I can't thank again our dear friend Scott Humpal and Humpal Physical Therapy for his generosity and support of Islanders Tennis," Moore said.

The Islanders will remain at home to host Lamar on Sunday at 12 p.m. at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center. The match is sponsored by Utility Trailer Sales Southeast Texas, Inc.

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

 

Tennis Match Results

Sam Houston State vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

4/5/2014 at Corpus Christi, Texas


Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 5, Sam Houston State 0

Singles competition:

1. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Imke Jagau (SHSU) 7-5, 6-0

2. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Kayla Stevenson (SHSU) 6-2, 6-2

3. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Natalie Petaia (SHSU) 6-3, 6-0

4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) vs. Karen Martinez (SHSU) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished

5. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Isabella Costa (SHSU) 6-0, 6-1

6. Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. No player (SHSU), by default


Match Notes:

Sam Houston State 3-8, 1-5 SLC

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 13-4, 6-1 SLC

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

 


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Offense Rallies Islanders Past SFA in Series Opener http://www.kristv.com/news/offense-rallies-islanders-past-sfa-in-series-opener/ http://www.kristv.com/news/offense-rallies-islanders-past-sfa-in-series-opener/ Sports - Islanders Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:07:56 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Offense Rallies Islanders Past SFA in Series Opener

CORPUS CHRISTI - Brandon Guilford's RBI fielder's choice in the bottom of the eighth broke an 8-8 tie to lift the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team to a 9-8 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Friday night at Chapman Field. The Islanders improved to 7-3 in Southland play with their seventh straight victory.

Guilford's grounder followed a huge hit by Russell Vaughan with one away in the eighth. The senior ripped a pitch into the right-center gap and motored around to third with his second triple of the season. Guilford then hit a two-hopper to second and Vaughan beat the throw to the plate to put the Islanders ahead in a back-and-forth affair. In the ninth, SFA got a leadoff single, but Kaleb Keith worked around it to close out the victory.

Keith improved to 3-2 with the win out of the pen, while Patrick Ledet collected a tough-luck loss for the Lumberjacks (13-15, 4-6 Southland). Starters Matt Danton (5 innings pitched, five earned runs) and Cameron Gann (5.1 IP, 6 ER) each was carded with a no-decision.

Kyle Danford went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Tyler Ware and Vaughan each had two hits and scored a pair of runs for the Islanders. Nick Ramos went 4-for-5 in a losing effort for SFA, while Mackenzie Handel was 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs.

A&M-Corpus Christi struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, using small ball to take a 2-0 lead. Frankie Salas started the rally with a single to right center, and then Danford followed with a walk. Two batters later, Zack Gibson earned a free pass of his own with one away to load the bases. Russell Vaughan followed by lifting a flare to shallow right center that fell in for an RBI fielder's choice that plated Salas. The Islanders added a double steal to plate Danford and make it a 2-0 edge for the home squad.

But SFA came right back with a pair of runs of its own in the top of the third with a two-out rally. With Rick Cruz on first and two away, Ricardo Sanchez rolled a single through the left side to put two on and two away. Marberry followed by roping a ball into the right-center gap to plate both runs and make it a 2-2 ballgame.

The Islanders were able to counter with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to regain a 4-2 lead by way of a two-out rally. Danford started the rally with a rolling single through the left side, and Ware followed by launching a ball into right center for an RBI triple to plate the Islanders' third run. On the next pitch, Gibson ripped one over the first baseman's head and into the right-field corner to make it a 4-2 contest.

In the top of the sixth, SFA caught fire against starter Danton, delivering four straight hits to tie the game and chase Danton from the contest. Tyler Schnuriger came on and surrendered an RBI groundout, but he finished the inning on a 4-6-3 double play from the Jacks' leading hitter, Mackenzie Handel, to end the frame with the Islanders down just 5-4.

But A&M-Corpus Christi came back in a big way, plating a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth. After the leadoff man flew out, the next six batters reached for the Islanders. Back-to-back singles put runners at the corners, and Gibson followed by dropping down a bunt. The throw came to the plate, forcing Danford to scamper back to third, and the catcher's throw to the bag went wide, allowing the junior to come home with the tying run.

Vaughan followed, and the senior delivered a chopper over the first baseman's head to plate Ware and make it 6-5, putting runners at second and third. Dominic Lopez followed as a pinch-hitter, and the sophomore ripped a single up the middle to score a pair of runs and make it an 8-5 ballgame.

SFA came right back with a run in the top of the seventh on three straight hits, but the tandem of Kevin Landgrebe and Keith emerged with no further damage. Then in the top of the eighth, Sanchez delivered a single up the middle with one away, and Handel followed by drilling a shot to center for his eighth home run of the year to tie the score at 8-8, setting up Vaughan's heroics.

The Islanders and Lumberjacks will continue this weekend's series on Saturday at 5 p.m. ats Chapman Field. Trevor Belicek (1-4, 4.09 ERA) will get the ball for the Islanders, while Dillon Mangham (4-2, 3.05) takes the hill for SFA. Live video and stats will be available on GoIslanders.com and updates will be provided on Twitter (@IslandersBSB).

 


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Late Rally Propels UTSA to 6-2 Victory over Islanders http://www.kristv.com/news/late-rally-propels-utsa-to-6-2-victory-over-islanders/ http://www.kristv.com/news/late-rally-propels-utsa-to-6-2-victory-over-islanders/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 2 Apr 2014 7:29:16 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Late Rally Propels UTSA to 6-2 Victory over Islanders

CORPUS CHRISTI - Freshman Liz Carter recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in her 21st start in the Islanders circle, but it wasn't enough as UTSA picked up a 6-2 victory over the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team today at Chapman Field in non-conference play. The Islanders (7-28) tallied eight hits to the Roadrunners nine and were led by freshman Brittney Morse, who went 3-for 4 at the plate and chipped in a RBI. Freshman Mackinzee Griebel also had a solid day, going 2-for-2 for the Islanders' bats.

UTSA (17-19) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening frame on a pair of hits. Megan Low hit a leadoff double down the right field line and advanced to third on a single by Jolene Graham. The Roadrunners then scored their first run of the game after Low scored on the ground out by Jori Fox. Carter followed with her first strikeout of the game before Jessica Mendez tallied the 4-3 putout.

The Islanders evened the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second with one run on two hits. Natalie Zarzabal put up the Islanders' first hit of the game with a single to center field before scoring on a RBI double by Carter to left field. It marked Carter's second double of her career. Cassie Carroll then stepped to the plate and took care of business, laying down the sacrifice bunt to advance Carter to third. With one out, Dani Tefft and Mendez both hit back-to-back ground outs to end the inning.

A&M - Corpus Christi and UTSA remained tied until a two-run top of the fifth by the Roadrunners pushed them ahead, 3-1. Carter collected her fifth strikeout of the game to open the frame before Low reached on a walk. After Angelica Nino came in to pinch run for Low, Carter caught Graham looking for her sixth punch-out of the game. With two outs, Fox hit a RBI triple down the right field line to score Nino and put UTSA in front 2-1. Cosette Hernandez followed with an infield RBI to plate Fox and put the Roadrunners up by two. The Islanders escaped the inning after Tefft snagged the fly out in left field.

The Islanders pulled within one in the bottom of the fifth with a run on one hit and a Roadrunner error. Mendez started off the inning with a walk before landing on second with her fourth career stolen base. She then advanced to third on a throwing error by UTSA. After just the second strikeout of the game for the Islanders, Morse drilled a RBI single through the left side to plate Mendez and trim the Roadrunners' lead to one. Valerie Perez followed with a pop fly before Cassidy Ivy hit a ground out to shortstop to end the rally.

UTSA added three insurance runs in the top of the sixth on four hits to pad their lead to 6-2. After a ground out, Taylor Oberg hit a single to center field before advancing to second on a bunt by Jade Smith. The Islanders registered the second out of the inning with the 6-3 putout before Graham hit a two-run double down the left field line to score Smith and Oberg. UTSA posted their fourth hit of the frame after Fox hit a RBI single to center field to score Graham. After a wild pitch, the Islanders left a Roadrunner stranded at third after Mendez came up with the 4-3 put out.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Islanders put Morse in scoring position after she hit a single down the left field line and advanced to second on a Roadrunner throwing error. With two outs, Griebel hit an infield single to land Morse on third. However, Carter hit a pop fly to shortstop to end the game.

Behind Morse and Griebel's strong hitting, Zarzabal, Carter and Tefft all tacked on one hit apiece.

Despite suffering the loss in the Islanders circle, Liz Carter (6-15) tallied a career-high eight strikeouts in seven innings. She gave up nine hits and six runs while walking two Roadrunners.

Kacy Freeze (10-7) picked up the win for UTSA after coming in relief for Chelsea Parker. Freeze allowed six hits and one unearned run, while walking three and striking out two in five innings.

The Islanders will now head back out on the road for Southland Conference play at Nicholls. The Islanders will take on the Colonels in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 5 starting at 1 p.m. The two teams will wrap the series on Sunday, April 6, at 12 p.m.

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Islanders Complete Three-Game Sweep of New Orleans http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-complete-three-game-sweep-of-new-orleans/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-complete-three-game-sweep-of-new-orleans/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 30 Mar 2014 6:55:29 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Complete Three-Game Sweep of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team (15-15, 6-3 Southland) was able to pick up its second 10-inning win of the weekend, as it completed the three-game sweep of New Orleans (8-17, 1-8) with a 3-2 win at Maestri Field on Sunday.

Cody Stephens was the hero in the series finale for the Islanders, as he had only one hit, but drove in all three of the runs for the visitors on the day.

Once again, the pitching was solid for A&M-Corpus Christi, especially out of the bullpen. Jacob Dorris came on and set down the first nine runners he faced, eventually going a career-high 3 2-3 innings without giving up a run. Kaleb Keith then came on and gave up just one hit in his 1 1-3 innings of work to pick up his second win of the series.

Darron McKigney picked up a tough loss for the Privateers, as he went 5 1-3 innings, giving up just one run on four hits. Offensively for UNO it was Samuel Capielano completing his strong series against the Islanders, as he went 3-for-5 to give him eight knocks on the series.

After a scoreless first inning, UNO pushed across the first run of the game in the bottom of the second. After consecutive singles, Zach Liberto chopped a ground ball to the shortstop, but it was hit just slow enough for the Islanders not to be able to turn two, bringing the runner in from third to put the Privateers up 1-0.

They then extended their lead in the bottom of the third, as Skapura was unable to cap off a 1-2-3 inning with Resse Canter blasting a two-out shot over the right field wall to make it a 2-0 game.

However, Stephens struck for his first two RBIs in the fifth to tie the game up. With the bases loaded and two outs, Stephens flipped one over the head of the first baseman to bring in Brandon Tierney and Josh Garza to knot the game up at two in the top of the fifth.

The scoring came to a drastic halt at that point though, as Dorris and McKigney went pitch-for-pitch over the next three innings to send the game to the ninth still tied at two apiece with only one hit for either team from the sixth through the eighth.

After a scoreless top half of the ninth, UNO threatened to end the game in the bottom of the ninth. The Privateers led things off with a leadoff walk, but the pinch runner was picked off on a snap throw to first by Russell Vaughan for the first out.

However, UNO continued to make some noise, as the next two batters got on base and eventually moved up to second and third on a ground out. This brought on Keith in a tight spot, but he was able to strand the runners with a punchout to end the inning and send the game to extras.

A leadoff double by pinch hitter Frankie Salas in the top of the 10th, got things started for the Islanders. After Zach Gibson came on as a pinch runner, he moved up on an error by McKigney, as the pitcher threw the ball into center field on a pickoff attempt to move Gibson up to third.

Stephens then drove him in later in the inning, as he laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to bring Gibson in for the eventual winning run, leading the Islanders to their first weekend sweep of the season. Despite the

The Islanders will now cap off their six-game road trip Wednesday, as they travel to Texas-Pan American for their seventh and final game against the Broncs.

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Strong Pitching Leads Islanders to Doubleheader Sweep http://www.kristv.com/news/strong-pitching-leads-islanders-to-doubleheader-sweep/ http://www.kristv.com/news/strong-pitching-leads-islanders-to-doubleheader-sweep/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 29 Mar 2014 9:40:26 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Strong Pitching Leads Islanders to Doubleheader Sweep

NEW ORLEANS - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team (14-15, 5-3 Southland) rode two solid pitching performances from its starters to a doubleheader sweep against New Orleans (8-16, 1-7) on Saturday at Maestri Field.

Despite going eight innings in game one not allowing a run on four hits, Matt Danton was unable to pick up the win, but put his team in position to take a 1-0 victory in 10 innings.

Trevor Belicek then followed that up with his best performance of the season, picking up his first win by throwing a complete game en route to a 3-2 win. The lefty set down the final 15 hitters of the evening.

The offensive hero in game one for the Islanders was Brandon Tierney, as he picked up a two-out RBI in the top of the 10th to score the first run of the game, which held up as the winning run. Jordan Lee joined him at the top of the lineup with two hits, making the top two in the order 4-for-9 in game one.

It was the sixth and seventh spots in the second game that each had multi-hit games, as Cody Stephens and Russell Vaughan each had two knocks and accounted for all three of the Islanders' runs.

In game one it wasn't even until the bottom of the third that either side got a runner into scoring position, as Zack Liberto reached on an error to lead things off and was moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt. However, Danton recorded consecutive groundouts to end the threat.

The Islanders came back in the top of the fourth to get their first runner in scoring position, as Tierney got on with a leadoff single, followed by Stephens reaching on a one-out error. Frankie Salas and Vaughan both flew out to end the inning though.

In the fifth, Danton got out of another jam, as he picked up his second strikeout of the inning to strand runners on second and third.

In the top of the seventh, the Islanders made some noise of their own, as Salas got on with a leadoff single, but was erased on a double play. But the team kept fighting and eventually got runners on first and third with the two outs, but Dawson Yates was thrown out at home after Zack Gibson got caught leaning toward second, leading to a run down that resulted in Yates getting gunned out.

Neither team was able to score before the conclusion of the ninth inning, so the Islanders found themselves in their first extra inning contest of the year.

It did not take long for A&M - Corpus Christi to plate their first run in extras, scoring a run in the top of the 10th. Gibson led things off with a single, and eventually got over to third with two outs. Tierney then came through with the heroics, as he stayed on a pitch and drove it to the left field wall to bring in what would eventually be the winning run.

Game two started off much like the first, with a scoreless first inning, but the Islanders got their offense going in the second. Stephens got things going on a single to center and then stole second to move into scoring position.

With Vaughan up at the plate, the catcher grounded one of to short, and instead of getting the out at first, Samuel Capielano tried to get Stephens at third, but failed to put runners on the corners with just one away. It was another defensive miscue for UNO that plated the first Islanders run, as with Vaughan stealing second, the catcher tried to gun Stephens leaning off first, but the throw went into left to bring Stephens in to score.

Dominic then followed that up with a single up the middle to bring Vaughan in to score to make it a 2-0 Islander lead in the second, already doubling their run production from the first game.

However, the Privateers cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, but the Islanders were happy to give it to them, trading a run for a double play to go from runners on first and third and no outs to two outs and nobody on.

The Islanders responded in the next half inning though, as after Stephens and Vaughan had back-to-back one-out hits once again, Frankie Salas drove Stephens in on a two-out single through the right side to make it a 3-1 Islander lead.

The Privateers came back in the bottom half of the fifth, leading things off with a double by Capielano. Two consecutive groundouts then moved him up to third and then in to score to cut the lead down to one.

However, those two outs started a consecutive streak of 15 set down by Belicek to end the game, as even though his offense did not push across any more runs he was able to guide the Islanders to securing the doubleheader sweep.

A&M - Corpus Christi and UNO will wrap up their first series against one another Sunday with Devin Skapura facing off against fellow freshman Hunter Medine. First pitch for the series finale is set for 1 p.m.

To keep up with the Islanders during the game, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and like it on Facebook (Islanders Baseball). Fans can also tune in for live audio on GoIslanders.com.

 


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Softball Drops Doubleheader to Abilene Christian http://www.kristv.com/news/softball-drops-doubleheader-to-abilene-christian/ http://www.kristv.com/news/softball-drops-doubleheader-to-abilene-christian/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 29 Mar 2014 9:37:25 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Softball Drops Doubleheader to Abilene Christian

ABILENE, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team dropped a pair of Southland Conference games today to Abilene Christian at Poly Wells Field. The Islanders fell 5-0 to the Wildcats in the first game before nine hits by ACU lifted the home team to a 9-1 win in the second game.

The Islanders (7-26, 2-9 SLC) and Wildcats (14-18, 3-2 SLC) will conclude the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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GAME 1: ABILENE CHRISTIAN 5, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 0

After a pitchers' duel in the first two innings, the Wildcats got on board first in the bottom of the third with three runs on four hits to take a 3-0 lead. Islanders' hurler Liz Carter retired the first six Wildcats before Kyla Simmons recorded the first hit of the game with a single through the right side. Kaylee Crozier advanced Simmons to second on a sacrifice bunt before Valerie Perez snagged the second out of the frame at shortstop. Paige Stevens followed with a bunt single to put runners on the corners for the Wildcats before Taylor Brown hit a two-run triple to left field to put Abilene Christian on the board. Lyndi Smith then hit a RBI single to right field to plate Brown for the third run of the inning. Carter pulled the Islanders out with her third punch-out of the game.

Brittney Morse tallied the Islanders first hit of the game in the top of the fourth with one out. The freshman cranked her seventh double of the season with a shot to center field. Valerie Perez followed with a line out before Carter hit a fly out to right field to end the frame.

The Wildcats added a run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth frames to take a 5-0 lead. Madison Buckley scored on a RBI single by Simmons through the middle in the bottom of the fourth before Stevens scored on a RBI double to right field by Courtney Flanary in the bottom of the fifth.

Dani Tefft registered the Islanders second hit of the game in the top of the sixth with an infield single, but a pop fly double play and a strikeout ended the threat.

Carter (6-13) took the loss for the Islanders in six innings. The freshman allowed seven hits and five runs while matching a career-high six strikeouts.

Hannah Null (8-6) picked up the win for the Wildcats. She limited the Islanders to two hits and one walk while striking out 10 in seven innings.

GAME 2: ABILENE CHRISTIAN 9, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 1 (5 INNINGS)

The Wildcats carried over their momentum into the second game to secure a 9-1 victory in five innings. ACU built an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first after plating three runs on three hits. Courtney Flanary hit a two-run home run over the center field wall with two outs before Madison Buckley scored on a RBI single by Kyla Simmons.

ACU extended their lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the second with four runs on five hits and a pair of Islanders' errors. After a leadoff ground out, Stevens scored on a RBI double by Taylor Brown after reaching on an Islanders' fielding error. Flanary and Buckley then hit back-to-back RBI singles to score Brown and Lyndi Smith, who reached on an infield single. The Wildcats plated their fourth run of the frame after Simmons hit a RBI single to center field to score Flanary.

Freshman Katie Blanar then replaced Constance Brandenburg in the Islanders' circle with one out. The lefty retired the next nine Wildcats until an error and a two-run home run by Cara Hoover ended the game in the bottom of the fifth.

The Islanders tallied three doubles in the loss with Dani Tefft, Lindsey Lyles and Michelle Sorenson all collecting one each. Tefft earned her second of the season with a leadoff shot down the right field line in the top of the fourth. Lyles then ripped her third of the season to left center in the top of the fifth before Sorenson followed suit with her second of the season to score Lyles and put the Islanders on the board.

Brandenburg (0-10) registered the loss for the Islanders in the circle. The senior allowed eight hits, seven runs, two of them earned, while walking one and striking out two in 1.1 innings. Blanar limited the Wildcats to just one hit and one earned run while striking out one in three innings.

Peyton Mosley (4-9) earned the win for the Wildcats in five innings. She held the Islanders to just three hits and one run while striking out three.

 


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Islanders Grind Past McNeese State, 5-2, on the Road http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-grind-past-mcneese-state-5-2-on-the-road/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-grind-past-mcneese-state-5-2-on-the-road/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 29 Mar 2014 9:36:30 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Grind Past McNeese State, 5-2, on the Road

LAKE CHARLES, La. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team grinded past McNeese State, who was undefeated in Southland Conference play, 5-2, to win their fourth straight Southland match. Freshman Judit Vives clinched her 10th victory of the season after securing the match for the Islanders (10-4, 4-1 SLC) over the Cowgirls (10-5, 5-1 SLC) in No. 3 singles.

"This was a great team effort today from the girls," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "They really fought with tremendous spirit and I felt like they played extremely tough tennis. We were fortunate because we got a windy day.

"McNeese is having an amazing season and I have the highest respect for Danielle Steinberg and the team they have assembled. This was a very spirited courageous effort from our girls to beat a very good team on the road."

The Islanders garnered the doubles point after picking up wins on courts two and three. The Cowgirls garnered the first doubles match in the No. 1 slot after Klaudia Gawlik and Sara Castellano topped the freshman-senior duo of Sandra Burges and Vives, 8-1. The Islanders answered back with a win on court three after the duo of Celia Rodriguez and Maider Martin cruised to an 8-2 victory over Julia Kral and Annabella Peacock to win their third straight match. The tandem of Stefania Nicolae and Kerry Galhos then teamed up to edge Anastasia Surkova and Vivien Borbely, 8-5, in No. 2 doubles to clinch the point for the Islanders.

"I thought the girls had tremendous energy in the doubles," Moore said. "I thought Stefania Nicolae was outstanding in doubles as were Celia Rodriguez and Maider Martin. I feel like Celia and Sandra Burges really came out and made a statement with their footwork and tough play."

The Cowgirls answered with back-to-back singles wins on courts one and two to take a 2-1 lead. Martin fell 6-3, 6-2 to Castellano in No. 2 singles before Nicolae dropped a 6-1, 6-3 match to Gawlik in No. 1 singles. The Islanders however would not allow McNeese State any more points as they powered their way through the final four singles matches to win 5-2.

Burges started the rally, downing Surkova, 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 5 slot to win her fourth straight singles match and improve to 10-3 and 5-0 in conference play. Rodriguez followed suit with a sweeping 6-0 victory over Borbely in the first set and a 7-5 second-set win in the No. 4 spot to win her fourth consecutive singles match. The sophomore improved her singles record to 11-3 and 8-0 in No. 4 singles.

The Islanders clinched the point in No. 3 singles after Vives earned a straight-set win over Kral. The freshman edged Kral 7-6 (5) in the first set before garnering a 6-3 second-set win. The Barcelona, Spain native has won four straight singles matches and now holds a 10-1 record in singles play.

"For Judit Vives as a freshman to clinch the match in front of her parents who flew all the way from Spanish to surprise her, that's as good as it gets," Moore said. "That's what this journey is all about, moments like that."

Galhos earned the Islanders their fifth point of the day with a three-set win over Peacock in No. 6 singles. The freshman sealed the first set 6-2, before dropping the second set 6-2. In the third, Galhos fought her way to a 6-2 win to earn her ninth singles win and fifth consecutive victory.

"I thought Kerry Galhos' mental toughness and the adjustments she made in the third set were outstanding especially for a freshman," Moore added.

The Islanders will head to Thibodaux, La. to face Nicholls (10-4, 4-1 SLC) tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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. McNeese

3/29/2014 at Lake Charles, La.


Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 5, McNeese 2

Singles competition:

1. Klaudia Gawlik (MCN) def. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) 6-1, 6-3

2. Sara Castellano (MCN) def. Maider Martin (AMCC) 6-3, 6-2

3. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Julia Kral (MCN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. Vivien Borbely (MCN) 6-0, 7-5

5. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Anastasia Surkova (MCN) 6-2, 6-0

6. Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. Annabelle Peacock (MCN) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2


Doubles competition:

1. Klaudia Gawlik/Sara Castellano (MCN) def. Judit Vives/Sandra Burges (AMCC) 8-1

2. Stefania Nicolae/Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. Anastasia Surkova/Vivien Borbely (MCN) 8-5

3. Celia Rodriguez/Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Julia Kral/Annabelle Peacock (MCN) 8-2


Match Notes:

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 10-4, 4-1 SLC

McNeese 10-5, 5-1 SLC

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

 


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Longhorns Beat Isles 8-0 in Softball http://www.kristv.com/news/longhorns-beat-isles-8-0-in-softball/ http://www.kristv.com/news/longhorns-beat-isles-8-0-in-softball/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 26 Mar 2014 9:58:04 PM TAMUCC.COM Longhorns Beat Isles 8-0 in Softball

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Longhorns scored three runs in the opening frame and five runs in the third to pick up an 8-0 victory tonight over the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team. The Longhorns outhit the Islanders 11-2 in five innings at Red & Charline McCombs Field.

Senior Valerie Perez and junior Mickayla Cochran tallied one hit apiece for the Islanders (7-24).

Brejae Washington and Tiarra Davis both went 2-for-2 to lead Texas (20-15) while seven other Longhorns tallied a hit in the win.

Texas jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on four hits. Washington hit a leadoff bunt single before stealing second. Lindsey Stephens then drilled a RBI double down the right field line to plate Washington and put the Longhorns up 1-0. Stephens then scored on a RBI single by Davis before Holly Kern ripped a two-out RBI single to center field to score Taylor Thom, who reached on a walk.

The Longhorns extended their lead to 8-0 in the bottom of the third with five runs on six hits. Thom started the frame with a single to right field before scoring on a RBI double by Davis. With two outs, Texas added a pair of runs after Mandy Oagle hit a home run over the left center wall. Devon Tunning followed with a single to left center before scoring on a RBI double to left center by Stephanie Ceo. The Longhorns added their eighth run of the game after Washington hit a RBI infield single to Perez at shortstop.

Cochran tallied a leadoff infield single in the top of the first while Perez drilled a single to left center to open the top of the fourth.

Liz Carter (6-12) suffered the loss for the Islanders. The freshman allowed 11 hits and eight runs while walking two and striking out two in four innings.

Tiarra Davis (9-7) secured the win for the Longhorns. She limited the Islanders to just one hit while walking one and striking out four in three innings.

The Islanders will continue Southland Conference play when they head to Abilene, Texas, to take on first-year member Abilene Christian in a three-game series. The Islanders will face the Wildcats in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 29, before wrapping the series on Sunday, March 30.

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Baseball Evens Series Against UTSA with 6-1 Win http://www.kristv.com/news/baseball-evens-series-against-utsa-with-6-1-win/ http://www.kristv.com/news/baseball-evens-series-against-utsa-with-6-1-win/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:07:55 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Baseball Evens Series Against UTSA with 6-1 Win

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team (12-15) picked up its third consecutive midweek victory, as it knocked off former Southland foe UTSA (16-9) 6-1 on Tuesday at Roadrunner Field.

Dalton D'Spain came away with his first career win, as the sophomore went five innings, giving up just one run on three hits.

It was a hit parade for the Islanders, as they had 14 knocks on the game with the one through seven guys in the lineup all picking up at least one hit in the game. The top two in the order had the strongest games, as Brandon Tierney and Jordan Lee both had three knocks.

The three-hole man, Kyle Danford came through with a game-high two runs driven in to make him the first Islander to hit 20 RBIs this year.

UTSA's starter, Boone Mokry, was chased from the game quickly, as he gave up three hits and two walks with the only out he recorded on a caught stealing. After giving up his third hit on a single through the right side by Tyler Ware, Mokry got the quick hook.

It was then that Jermey Filipek came on for UTSA, allowing two more runs to come in on a bases loaded walk followed by an RBI groundout by Zack Gibson, to put two more runs on Mokry's line and give the Islanders a 3-0 lead through the first inning.

With Filipek back out on the mound in the second, the Islanders were able to plate just the second earned run the righty had given up all season, as Danford picked up an RBI on a grounder up the middle to extend the Islander lead to 4-0 through the first two.

After a scoreless third inning, D'Spain gave up his first and only run in the fourth, as Jesse Baker led off the inning with a solo blast to left field, before D'Spain came back to set down the next three Roadrunner batters, making it a 4-1 lead heading into the fifth.

Both pitchers got out of jams in the fifth, as despite getting three knocks in the top half the Islanders were unable to push across any runs, while D'Spain induced a 6-4-3 double play after giving up a one-out walk in the bottom half to preserve the three-run lead.

The pitching really settled in over the next two innings, as there were no hits or runs in the sixth or the seventh. A&M - Corpus Christi got back on the board in the eighth, though, with a two-out walk and hit by pitch getting things started.

Lee and Danford then came up with back-to-back singles to plate two more runs and extend the lead up to five with UTSA only having six more outs to work with.

AJ Flores, AJ Longoria and Kaleb Keith did not let the Roadrunners do anything with those final outs though, as they combined to close out the eighth and ninth and send the Islanders home with a victory.

A&M - Corpus Christi will play the rubber match of its series with UTSA in two weeks on April 8, but will turn its focus back to Southland play this upcoming weekend with its first conference series against New Orleans, starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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Islanders Win Third Straight with 6-1 Victory over UCA http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-win-third-straight-with-6-1-victory-over-uca/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-win-third-straight-with-6-1-victory-over-uca/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:03:54 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Win Third Straight with 6-1 Victory over UCA

DALLAS - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team breezed past Central Arkansas today, 6-1, in Dallas, to secure their third conference victory of the season. The Islanders picked up the doubles point before winning five straight-set singles matches to improve to 9-4 on the year.

"We got off to a surprisingly slow start in doubles," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "I didn't think our energy and footwork were where it needed to be at in the beginning, but I give these girls a lot of credit because they acknowledged that and chose to correct that with their actions. The footwork and energy in the singles was excellent and I felt this team played very determined today in singles."

The Islanders (9-4, 3-1 SLC) garnered a tight doubles point with wins on courts one and three to take an early 1-0 lead. In No. 1 doubles, the senior-freshman duo of Sandra Burges and Judit Vives topped UCA's (7-9, 0-6 SLC) Kristina Horsikyan and Kelsey Williams, 8-3, to improve their doubles mark to 7-2. The Bears answered back at No. 2 doubles after Cassidy Crawford and Simona Horsikyan edged the Islanders pair of Stefania Nicolae and Kerry Galhos, 8-6. A&M - Corpus Christi then clinched the point at No. 3 doubles after the tandem of Celia Rodriguez and Maider Martin earned their third conference doubles win of the season, with a 8-7 (0) tiebreaker victory over Krizia Buck and Sasha Ruocoo.

The Islanders kept the momentum going into singles play to extend their lead to 2-0. Rodriguez downed Crawford, 6-2, 6-1 to stay undefeated in No. 4 singles at 7-0. The sophomore earned her third straight win and 10th singles victory of the season.

UCA responded back with a win at No. 1 singles after Simona Horsikyan topped Nicolae, 6-4, 6-1. However, that would be the only point the Islanders would allow the rest of the day as they captured the remaining four singles matches. Martin won her match in straight sets in the No. 2 slot, 6-3, 6-3, over Williams to clinch the match for the Islanders. Vives padded the Islanders lead to 4-1, after winning her third consecutive match and her ninth of the season. The freshman sealed a 6-4, 6-4 straight-set victory in the No. 3 spot to improve to 9-1 on the year in singles play.

Burges then took care of business winning in straight sets to secure her fourth straight match at No. 5 singles. She now holds a perfect 4-0 record in Southland play after cruising to a 6-0, 6-3 win over Buck. The Islanders recorded their final point of the day on court six after Galhos notched a 6-2, 6-1 win over Strukelj to win her fourth consecutive match in the No. 6 spot. Like Burges, she also holds a 4-0 mark in conference play and has tallied an 8-2 record this season in singles play.

"It's always special playing in Dallas because we have some very dear friends of our program that come out, and support us and that means the world to our team," Moore added.

The Islanders will continue their Southland Conference road swing at McNeese State and Nicholls. The Islanders will first face the Cowgirls on Saturday, March 29.

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. Central Arkansas

3/25/2014 at Dallas, Texas


Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6, Central Arkansas 1

Singles competition:

1. Simona Horsikyan (UCA) def. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) 6-4, 6-1

2. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Kelsey Williams (UCA) 6-3, 6-3

3. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Kristina Horsikyan (UCA) 6-4, 6-4

4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. Cassidy Crawford (UCA) 6-2, 6-1

5. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Krizia Buck (UCA) 6-0, 6-3

6. Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. Bianca Strukelj (UCA) 6-2, 6-1


Doubles competition:

1. Sandra Burges/Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Kristina Horsikyan/Kelsey Williams (UCA) 8-3

2. Cassidy Crawford/Simona Horsikyan (UCA) def. Stefania Nicolae/Kerry Galhos (AMCC) 8-6

3. Celia Rodriguez/Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Krizia Buck/Sasha Ruocco (UCA) 8-7 (7-0)


Match Notes:

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 9-4, 3-1 SLC

Central Arkansas 7-9, 0-6 SLC

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

 


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Baseball Takes Advantage of Southeastern Errors for Finale Win http://www.kristv.com/news/baseball-takes-advantage-of-southeastern-errors-for-finale-win/ http://www.kristv.com/news/baseball-takes-advantage-of-southeastern-errors-for-finale-win/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 23 Mar 2014 6:08:14 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Baseball Takes Advantage of Southeastern Errors for Finale Win

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team (11-14, 3-3 Southland) was able to come away with a series finale win Sunday at Chapman Field, as it took advantage of eight Southeastern Louisiana (14-9, 4-2) errors to secure an 11-3 win.

Devin Skapura picked up his first career victory in Southland Conference play, as he went five innings while giving up two earned runs on seven hits.

For the Lions, it was Kyle Keller who fell victim to his team's miscues, as he saw eight runs come across during his four and 1/3 innings on the mound, while only one of which was an earned run.

Tyler Ware had his second consecutive multi-hit game, tallying his second three-hit game of the year, while driving in a run and scoring one as well. Picking up his first game with three knocks as an Islander was Josh Garza, as he went 3-for-5 with a team high two runs driven in, also coming in to score two runs.

The mistakes started early and often for the Lions, as Jordan Lee reached on a one-out error to shortstop, and eventually scored by using his speed to steal second, advance on a ground out and come in on wild pitch.

Then in the second, another error by shortstop Jacob Williams put another one-out runner on for the Islanders. A single by Dawson Yates eventually brought that runner in to score, before Lee drew a walk with the bases juiced to run the advantage to 3-0 for A&M - Corpus Christi.

The sloppy play continued for the Lions into the third, as they committed two more errors, while Ware and Garza both picked up hits in the inning to give the Islanders three more runs, extending the lead to 6-0. The sixth run was the only one that was earned so far in the game.

In the top of the fourth, Andrew Godbold led the inning off with a double for the Lions before back-to-back back singles brought Godbold and another run in to score to cut the lead down to four.

After the first scoreless bottom half of any inning, Southeastern looked like it was going to continue cutting into the lead, as it had two runners on with just one out. However, Skapura induced consecutive groundballs to keep the score at 6-2 going into the bottom of the fifth.

That was when the Islanders started to put the game out of reach, as they continued to capitalize on the Lions' mistakes, scoring three runs on no hits, three walks and two errors to make it a 9-2 ballgame.

After Southeastern plated a single run in the top of the sixth, the Islanders looked like they might end the game in the bottom of the seventh, as the home team pushed across two runs and still had the bases loaded with just one out, needing two more runs to invoke the 10-run rule.

However, John Gremillion came on and struck out back-to-back batters to keep the Islander lead at eight. This would eventually be the final deficit, as no more runs came across in the final two innings, as A&M - Corpus Christi was able to avoid the sweep.

The Islanders will now embark on a five-game road swing, starting with a midweek tilt with UTSA on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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Softball Comes Up Short 9-4 to McNeese State http://www.kristv.com/news/softball-comes-up-short-9-4-to-mcneese-state/ http://www.kristv.com/news/softball-comes-up-short-9-4-to-mcneese-state/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 23 Mar 2014 6:04:26 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Softball Comes Up Short 9-4 to McNeese State

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team put together a late rally in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough as McNeese State garnered a 9-4 victory in the series finale at Chapman Field. The Cowgirls (21-9, 7-2 SLC) outhit the Islanders 12-9 on a rainy day in the annual Strikeout Breast Cancer Pink Game.

Brittney Morse went 2-for-4 to lead the Islanders' (7-23, 2-7 SLC) bats while J.J. Jackson chipped in two RBIs. The Islanders' defense pulled out of two bases loaded jams and three innings with two Cowgirls left on base.

Ashley Modzelewski propelled the bats for McNeese State with her third home run of the weekend while Taylor Goree went 2-for-4 and nine different Cowgirls picked up a hit.

After a scoreless first inning, McNeese State plated the first run of the game in the top of the second on two hits and an error. With one out, Lakeyn Fontenot hit a single to right field and stole second before scoring on a RBI single by Marisa Taunton through the left side. After Taunton advanced to second on the throw, Alanna DiVittorio landed on first on a fielder's choice to third base. With runners on first and second, Lauren Langner hit a dropper right behind third base to load the bases. However, the Islanders' defense came up strong to escape the inning after snagging two fly outs.

McNeese State carried a 1-0 lead into the top of the fourth before adding four runs on four hits to take a 5-0 lead. Divittorio and Langner led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Modzelewski stepped to the plate and sent a three-run home run rolling into the parking lot in left center. Goree then reached on a walk before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Katie Roux. With one out, Tori Yanitor hit a RBI double to left field to score Goree for the fifth run of the game. The Islanders pulled out of the inning with consecutive ground outs to Valerie Perez at shortstop.

The Islanders' bats got hot in the bottom of the fourth with two runs on a pair of hits. After a fly out by Jackson, Liz Carter reached on a fielding error in right field, before advancing to second on the throw. Freshman Jessica Mendez drilled her first career RBI double to right center to score Carter for the Islanders' first run of the game. After Mackinzee Griebel recorded the second out of the frame with a line out to second, Mendez picked up her first stolen base of the season. Cassidy Ivy then stepped to the plate and ripped a RBI single to right field to plate Mendez and trim the Cowgirl's lead to three. Hayley Galloway hit a fly out to center field to end the rally.

McNeese State stayed in front 5-2 until a three-run top of the sixth extended the visiting team's lead to 8-2. After a leadoff walk by Roux, Dakota Matiko hit a double to right field to advance Roux to third. Lakeyn Fontenot then reached on a fielder's choice to score Roux before Matiko crossed home on a RBI ground out by Taunton. The Cowgirls plated one more run in the frame after Brittany Calbert, who came in to pinch run for Fontenot, scored before DiVittorio was caught stealing for the 2-4-3-6 putout to end the inning.

The Cowgirls added a run in the seventh to pad their lead to 9-2 after a RBI hit by pitch scored Langner who reached on a leadoff walk.

A&M - Corpus Christi battled back with two runs in the final inning on four hits. After a Cowgirl's pitching change, Morse nailed an infield single and landed on third after Natalie Zarzabal registered her third double of the season with a shot to left field. Jackson then stepped to the plate and blasted a two-run single to right center to score Tefft, who came in to pinch run for Zarzabal, and Morse. Carter followed with a single to right field before Mendez loaded the bases with a hit by pitch. However, Cowgirl's hurler Jamie Allred retired the next two Islanders to end the game.

Carter (6-11) suffered the loss for the Islanders in the circle. The freshman allowed nine hits and eight runs, while walking six and striking out two in 5.2 innings. Katie Blanar came in relief and allowed two hits and one run while walking one in 1.1 innings.

Allred (13-4) picked up the win for the Cowgirls in 6.2 innings. She allowed five hits and two runs, none of them earned, while walking two and striking out six. Emily Vincent faced five batters and allowed four hits and two runs.

The Islanders will travel to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on the Texas Longhorn Network.

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