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. () () Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:04:09 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Chadwick Signs Four Year Extension http://www.kristv.com/news/chadwick-signs-four-year-extension/ http://www.kristv.com/news/chadwick-signs-four-year-extension/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 23 Apr 2014 3:47:35 PM TAMUCC.COM Chadwick Signs Four Year Extension

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Athletics has signed head women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick to a four-year extension, Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby announced today. The deal will keep Chadwick at the Island University through the 2018-19 season.

"The progress our women's basketball team has made the last two seasons is easy to see," Lazenby said. "Coach Chadwick and his staff have done a remarkable job in improving the program through their coaching, recruiting and off-court leadership. I believe the jump they made this past year was just the first step in our program's ascent in the Southland Conference."

The Islanders posted the biggest regular-season turnaround in the nation in 2013-14, finishing with 18 wins just a year removed from a four-win campaign in 2012-13. In the prior three years combined, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi had posted just 15 wins in total. The Islanders posted an 11-7 record in conference action, finishing in a tie for fourth place.

"I'm very excited to be a part of the Islanders Athletics family," Chadwick said. "Our program has a chance to do some impressive things, and I can't wait to see just how high Islanders Women's Basketball can climb in the future. I'd like to thank Scott Lazenby, Dr. Killebrew and Dr. Hill for showing their confidence in our staff to oversee the program for the long haul."

Following the season, Chadwick earned Southland Coach of the Year honors, his second time winning the award. He previously garnered the honor in 1997 while at the helm of Stephen F. Austin. He became the first coach in Islanders history to earn the honor, and is the only coach to have picked up Southland Coach of the Year at two different conference institutions.

The team played its best basketball at the end of the season, winning its final eight regular-season conference games to surge from the outside of the playoffs into the No. 6 seed in the league tournament. Included in that were a buzzer-beating victory over then first-place Central Arkansas and a victory over Nicholls that saw the Islanders overcome a 19-point deficit.

Additionally, Jasmine Shaw became the first player in school history to be named Southland Newcomer of the Year, and Brittany Mbamalu set a new school record with 81 made three-pointers on the season. Both players were recruited to the Island University by Chadwick and his staff.

The Islanders have already signed five players for the 2014-15 season, and figure to have one of the top recruiting classes in the region again this year. A&M-Corpus Christi's incoming class for last year was tops in the Southland and 86th nationally.

 

 


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Isles Get Walk-Off Win Over UH-Victoria, 3-2 http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-get-walk-off-win-over-uh-victoria-3-2/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-get-walk-off-win-over-uh-victoria-3-2/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 22 Apr 2014 9:44:16 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Get  Walk-Off Win Over UH-Victoria, 3-2

CORPUS CHRISTI - Russell Vaughan delivered a walk-off RBI single to score Jordan Lee in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team to a 3-2 victory over Houston-Victoria on Tuesday night. It marked the fifth straight victory for the Islanders.

Brandon Tierney continued his red-hot hitting for A&M-Corpus Christi (23-19), going 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run in the victory. Dylan Blaha, Joshua Boothe and Robert Gleinser each had two hits in a losing effort for UHV (19-27). Kevin Landgrebe picked up the win for the Islanders, while Andre Del Bosque was carded with the loss.

UHV took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Gleinser started the inning with a single, rolling the ball through the right side and moving to second on a stolen base. A sacrifice moved him to third, and Ryan Suescun followed by grounding a ball right back at Dalton D'Spain and it ricocheted off the pitcher for an RBI infield single. But D'Spain rallied, getting the final two batters to strikeout to keep the damage to one.

Strong pitching on both sides kept it that way until the bottom of the sixth, when the Islanders were able to manufacture a run to tie the score 1-1. Cody Stephens led off the inning with a double to right field, and Frankie Salas followed with a popout. At that juncture, pitcher Cory Carter got into trouble, hitting Tierney and walking Tyler Ware to load the bags. He rebounded to strike out Kyle Danford, but pinch-hitter Jordan Lee drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game. UHV called upon Nathan Falkenstine, and the righty got out of the jam by striking out Dawson Yates.

Meanwhile, the bullpen continued to roll for the Islanders. Kaleb Keith scattered three hits in his two innings of work, striking out three, and AJ Flores had a strong outing, allowing three hits over his three innings, working his way out of a two on, no out game in the top of the eighth to keep it a 1-1 score.

Tierney then came up with more heroics, ripping a tailing line drive to center. Ryan Pearsall took a step in, then headed back and saw the ball carry over his outstretched glove all the way to the wall. Tierney raced around second, lumbered around third and slid in just in front of the tag for an inside-the-park home run, his third homer in the last three games, to make it 2-1.

The Jaguars got a run back in the top of the ninth, though, as Gleinser got things started with a leadoff single. Cory Hulsey then pinch-ran, and moved to second on a sac bunt, then advanced to third on a stolen base. With the infield in, Suescun grounded a ball to first, and Hulsey held, but Suescun avoided the tag to put runners at the corners and one away. Landgrebe got the second out by throwing out Hulsey at the plate, but a walk loaded the bases and Suescun came in on a passed ball to tie the score. That set up Vaughan's heroics in the bottom of the ninth.

The Islanders are back at Chapman Field over the weekend, as they host a key Southland series with Oral Roberts coming to town. The teams will play Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., then the series finale will be played at 1 on Sunday. Live video and statistics will be available on GoIslanders.com.

 

 


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Mens Tennis Clinches Seventh Straight SLC Regular-Season Title http://www.kristv.com/news/mens-tennis-clinches-seventh-straight-slc-regular-season-title/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mens-tennis-clinches-seventh-straight-slc-regular-season-title/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 21 Apr 2014 9:12:30 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Mens Tennis Clinches Seventh Straight SLC Regular-Season Title

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team clinched their seventh straight Southland Conference regular-season title today with a 6-1 victory over New Orleans at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center on senior day. The match was sponsored by the Matt Robinson Family and the Islanders (17-9, 6-0 SLC) allowed just their fifth point this season in Southland play.

"I'm proud of this group because of the way they won it, getting better each week and staying strong together through adversity," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "Peter Nagy and Matt Westmoreland have been amazing captains, really setting the tone for our intensity and the spirit that our team plays with. I can't speak highly enough about our captains this year and the way they have led by example.

"It means a lot to me to give our amazing athletic department two Southland Conference trophies. I could not ask for a better athletic administration that is more supportive of our program and always looking to make things better. I attribute the successful we have had largely to the leadership of our athletic department."

The Islanders won the title by a season score of 35-5. A&M - Corpus Christi secured the doubles point today before winning five of the six singles matches over the Privateers (6-10, 2-4 SLC) on Matt Westmoreland's senior day.

"I'm so proud of Matt Westmoreland on senior day from the minute he got here we knew the kind of hard-working disciplined team guy that was the absolute perfect fit for the Islanders," Moore said. He has been exactly that."

The Islanders jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the freshman-senior duo of Paul Cook and Westmoreland downed Blake Gregor and Luis Alburquerque, 8-2, in No. 2 doubles. The tandem of Peter Nagy and Guillaume Rauseo then topped Timo Kranz and Gonzalo Garcia, 8-4, to win their third straight match in No. 1 doubles. The Islanders also garnered No. 3 doubles, with Ricardo Mayagoitia and Javier Pujol teaming up for an 8-5 victory over Rui Silva and Chris Appelgren.

A&M - Corpus Christi kept the momentum going, winning the next three singles matches to clinch the match. Nagy took care of business in No. 1 singles with a straight-set, 6-0, 6-2, victory over Garcia. The junior has recorded a perfect 6-0 record this season in Southland play at No. 1 singles and a team-best 18-3 dual-match record. The Budapest, Hungary native has tallied a 15-1 career record in the Southland, with his only loss in his career in conference play coming during his freshman year.

The Islanders extended their lead to 3-0 after Cook cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory in the No. 6 slot over Alburquerque to win his fifth straight match. Mayagoitia then clinched the regular-season title for the Islanders with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Kraunz in No. 2 singles.

A&M - Corpus Christi tacked on their fifth point of the day at the No. 3 slot where Pujol defeated Gregor, 6-4, 6-4, to win his fifth consecutive match and stay undefeated in Southland play. The Privateers then answered with a three-set win in No. 4 singles. Westmoreland sealed a 6-2 first-set win, before dropping the second set, 6-3. In the third, Silva edged Westmoreland, 10-7, in the super-tiebreaker. Rauseo concluded the match with a three-set win over Appelgren in No. 5 singles. The sophomore won the first set 6-4 before dropping a 6-4 second-second loss. In the third, Rauseo won a tight 10-8 super-tiebreaker.

"I would be remiss without giving a lot of credit to this amazing group of assistant coaches and staff, who work incredibly long hours to contribute to the success of this team," Moore said. "They work as hard as you can ask a staff to work and maybe harder, so I'm extremely grateful for this group of coaches I have the privilege to work with. They are just like our players, incredibly high character and hard working."

The Islanders will host the Southland Conference Tournament this weekend and will face either Lamar or New Orleans at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.

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

 

Tennis Match Results

New Orleans vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

4/21/2014 at Corpus Christi, Texas


Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6, New Orleans 1

Singles competition:

1. Peter Nagy (AMCC) def. Gonzalo Garcia (UNOM) 6-0, 6-2

2. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) def. Timo Kranz (UNOM) 6-2, 6-2

3. Javier Pujol (AMCC) def. Blake Gregor (UNOM) 6-4, 6-4

4. Rui Silva (UNOM) def. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)

5. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) def. Chris Appelgren (UNOM) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)

6. Paul Cook (AMCC) def. Luis Alburquerque (UNOM) 6-1, 6-0


Doubles competition:

1. Peter Nagy/Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) def. Timo Kranz/Gonzalo Garcia (UNOM) 8-4

2. Matt Westmoreland/Paul Cook (AMCC) def. Blake Gregor/Luis Alburquerque (UNOM) 8-2

3. Ricardo Mayagoitia/Javier Pujol (AMCC) def. Rui Silva/Chris Appelgren (UNOM) 8-5


Match Notes:

New Orleans 6-10, 2-4 SLC

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 17-9, 6-0 SLC

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

 


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Womens Tennis Claims First SLC Regular-Season Title http://www.kristv.com/news/womens-tennis-claims-first-slc-regular-season-title/ http://www.kristv.com/news/womens-tennis-claims-first-slc-regular-season-title/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 21 Apr 2014 9:11:38 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Womens Tennis Claims First SLC Regular-Season Title

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team cruised to a 6-1 victory over New Orleans today at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center to clinch at least a share of the Southland Conference regular-season title. Kevin and Camille Gossett and Corpus Christi CrossFit sponsored today's senior day match for Sandra Burges, Stefania Nicolae, Cassie Shaw and Ashley Garza.

The Islanders (19-5, 11-1 SLC) garnered their 11th straight Southland win after winning the doubles point and three singles match. The team has now won 13 of their last 14 matches.

"For these four seniors, to win the Southland Conference regular season, it just means the world to me for them," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "They deserve it so much. I've been blessed to have the privilege of coaching some exceptional high-character players over the last 21 years. I can honestly tell you we have had players with equal character and commitment to a team, but never anyone better than these four seniors. I will remember them for the rest of my life. To start off 0-1 in the conference and to win 11 straight matches, outfighting and out-grinding teams only happens for one reason, high-character players that love their team and their school."

The Islanders earned the doubles point after the Privateers (6-12, 3-9 SLC) defaulted in No. 3 doubles and the freshman-senior duo of Burges and Judit Vives topped Marta Sans and Soledad Calderon, 8-4, in No. 1 doubles. The sophomore pair of Celia Rodriguez and Maider Martin were leading Hafsa Laraibi and Yasmine Rashad, 6-3, when the doubles point was clinched.

A&M - Corpus Christi tacked on two more points after New Orleans defaulted on courts five and six in singles play. Burges, the all-time singles leader in Islanders history, then clinched the match and the title for the Islanders with a 6-0, 6-1, straight-set victory over Rashad in No. 4 singles. The senior has powered the Islanders this season with an 18-5 overall record and an 11-1 record in the Southland. She holds an all-time career record of 59-21 and a 32-11 Southland record.

"What makes me proud is we tell them everyday, character wins, and this result really validates that," Moore said.

The Islanders tacked on their fifth point of the day after Martin breezed past Laraibi, 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 slot. The Privateers' Calderon then answered with a tight three-set win over Nicolae in No. 1 singles. The senior secured the first set, 6-4, before dropping a 6-1 second set. In the third, Calderson came from behind to squeeze out a 10-8 super-tiebreaker win.

Vives followed with her 11th straight singles win to stay undefeated in No. 2 singles. The freshman topped Sans, 6-1, 6-4, for the Islanders final point of the day. Vives has tallied an 18-1 singles record in her first year and an 11-1 mark in the conference. She has also registered a 6-0 mark at No. 2 singles.

"It means a lot to me to give our amazing athletic department to bring two Southland Conference trophies," Moore added. "I could not ask for better athletic administration that is more supportive of our program and always looking to make things better. I attribute the successful we have had largely to the leadership of our athletic department."

The Islanders will host the Southland Conference Tournament this weekend and will open play on Friday, April 25, at 2 p.m. at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.

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

New Orleans vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

4/21/2014 at Corpus Christi, Texas


Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6, New Orleans 1

Singles competition:

1. Soledad Calderon (UNOW) def. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8)

2. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Marta Sans (UNOW) 6-1, 6-4

3. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Hafsa Laraibi (UNOW) 6-2, 6-2

4. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Yasmine Rashad (UNOW) 6-0, 6-1

5. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. No Player (UNOW), by default

6. Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. No Player (UNOW), by default


Doubles competition:

1. Sandra Burges/Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Marta Sans/Soledad Calderon (UNOW) 8-4

2. Celia Rodriguez/Maider Martin (AMCC) vs. Hafsa Laraibi/Yasmine Rashad (UNOW) 6-3, unfinished

3. Stefania Nicolae/Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. No Player/No Player (UNOW), by default


Match Notes:

New Orleans 6-12, 3-9 SLC

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 19-5, 11-1 SLC

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

 


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Track & Field Sets Two School Records During Michael Johnson Classic http://www.kristv.com/news/track-and-field-sets-two-school-records-during-michael-johnson-classic/ http://www.kristv.com/news/track-and-field-sets-two-school-records-during-michael-johnson-classic/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 20 Apr 2014 7:23:56 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Track & Field Sets Two School Records During Michael Johnson Classic

WACO, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi track and field teams had a successful showing in the Michael Johnson Classic hosted by Baylor on Saturday, as they set two school records and recorded 17 top five finishes at the meet.

Angelo Garland and David Carrillo found themselves doing the same thing they did during the indoor season - compete for the school record in the 400-meters. Garland edged out Carrillo for the fastest time in school history, becoming the first Islander to crack the 48-second mark with a time of 47.89 to finish eighth among college competitors in his heat.

Carrillo finished first in his heat, clocking a time of 48.19 to post the second fastest time in school history. The two times rank seventh and ninth in the Southland, respectively.

The other A&M - Corpus Christi student-athlete who broke a school record did so in the field, as Kerrisa Wiley cleared a mark of 1.70m (5' 7") to finish second in the high jump. The leap also placed her second in the event among Southland competitors.

Jasmine Boutte and Jason Garcia were the only two Islanders to claim individual titles on the day. Boutte did so in the 800-meters by crossing the line first in a time of 2:13.53 to post the fourth quickest time in school history, and the third fastest in the league.

Garcia was victorious in the 1500-meters, pacing the field with a time of 4:01.73. Right behind him were two other Islanders, as Edgar Martinez and Caesar Gonzalez finished second and third with times of 4:02.64 and 4:04.94, respectively.

On the women's side in the 1500, A&M - Corpus Christi had a pair in the top three, as Ann Kathrin Ott finished second (4:46.37), while AnnKathrin Ott came in right behind in third (4:47.65).

The women's team also saw several other competitors set personal records. Ebony Collins did so in the 200-meters, finishing 12th in a tough field, with a time of 24.41. That mark was also good enough for the third best in school history and ranks as the ninth fastest in the conference.

Also setting a personal record on the track was Ashley Mills, running a 2:16.39 in the 800-meters to finish third in the event. Sidney Siepert was right behind mills, finishing fifth in 2:17.54.

The men had a strong showing in the 800 as well, as Valentinas Rudys finished second in his heat, making the two laps in 1:53.37, while Bryce Johnson came in fourth during his heat by posting a 1:56.30.

Back out on the field Brandi Huff was the only Islander to post two top five finishes on the day, as she finished second in the javelin with a throw of 39.85m (130' 9"), while also taking a fourth-place finish in the shot put (13.42m, 44' 0.5").

The Islanders will be right back in action in a week, as they will close out the regular outdoor season at the Rice Twilight meet in Houston on Saturday, April 26.

As always, fans can find the latest information on the teams by following the Islanders on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersTFXC) and Facebook (Texas A&M Corpus Christi Track & Field/Cross Country).

 


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Islanders Complete Sweep of Northwestern State http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-complete-sweep-of-northwestern-state/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-complete-sweep-of-northwestern-state/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 19 Apr 2014 8:56:48 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Complete Sweep of Northwestern State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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Womens Tennis Earns Program-Best 18th Win with 5-2 Victory over UIW http://www.kristv.com/news/womens-tennis-earns-program-best-18th-win-with-5-2-victory-over-uiw/ http://www.kristv.com/news/womens-tennis-earns-program-best-18th-win-with-5-2-victory-over-uiw/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 19 Apr 2014 8:51:53 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Womens Tennis Earns Program-Best 18th Win with 5-2 Victory over UIW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tennis Match Results

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi vs. Incarnate Word

4/19/2014 at San Antonio, Texas


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

Singles competition:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Doubles competition:

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

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

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


Match Notes:

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

Incarnate Word 5-18, 1-11 SLC

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

 


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Islanders Sweep Series with 5-2 Victory over Lamar http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-sweep-series-with-5-2-victory-over-lamar/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-sweep-series-with-5-2-victory-over-lamar/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 19 Apr 2014 5:09:05 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Sweep Series with 5-2 Victory over Lamar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Islanders' Bats Strong in Doubleheader Sweep over Lamar http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-bats-strong-in-doubleheader-sweep-over-lamar/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-bats-strong-in-doubleheader-sweep-over-lamar/ Sports - Islanders Fri, 18 Apr 2014 9:47:22 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders' Bats Strong in Doubleheader Sweep over Lamar

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

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

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

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

GAME 1: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 3, LAMAR 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GAME 2: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 8, LAMAR 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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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.

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 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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