October 15, 2008

FIRST-EVER ISLANDER BASEBALL ALUMNI GAME IS A WIN-WIN

While it may have been an 11-4 win for the current players on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team, the first-ever Islander Alumni Baseball Game held as part of the athletic department's 10-year celebration was a win-win for both sides.

"The first-ever alumni game was a total success," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "We went into the game looking to bridge the gap between the Islanders of the past and the current members of the roster and I think we were able to do that. There is no doubt we intend on making the game an annual event."

In the game, the alumni jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the first off one of the team's newest players Brett Carnline. Chase Wheaton had an RBI single and Randy Aguayo roped an extra-base hit during the inning.

The current team took over from that point outscoring the alumni 11-1 the rest of the way in the nine-inning game. The Islanders received solid pitching from relievers Andrew Toppert and Jacob Liedka to hold the alumni at bay, while Jake Olier, Jeremy Marek and Brycen Bell propelled the offense.

"From a performance standpoint I thought it was a big positive to hold them to one eun the rest of the way," said Malone.

However, Malone stressed the importance of the game was not the outcome on the field but the reconnecting with the program's past.

"I am sure it had to be exciting for the alumni to get the opportunity to get back on the field in a uniform and swing a bat," said Malone. "In the end, I think we definitely achieved what we had hoped for and that was to reconnect with the alumni and get them involved. We want them to realize they will always have a stake in the program."