FAST START CARRIES ISLANDER TO SEASON-OPENING WIN
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team jumped out to a 9-0 lead before New Mexico took its first swings of the game and cruised to a 13-3 win at Isotope Park in the season opener for both teams on Friday afternoon.
A&M-Corpus Christi finished the game with 18 hits led by Martin Parra who was 4-of-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Stephen Flora, Brycen Bell and Jacob Perales each finished 3-for-5. Flora had a pair of doubles with three runs driven in. Freshman Chris Famiglietti had two hits in five at bats with a pair of RBI and Bell drove in two.
The Islanders came out swinging with nine runs on eight hits in the first inning sending 13 batters to the plate including nine before the first out was recorded. It was the highest scoring inning in a game for the Islanders since scoring 11 runs in the sixth inning against Northwestern State on March 17, 2007.
"While I think we caught their pitcher on a bad, I think we hit the ball well because we were aggressive," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "I think because we were so aggressive, the bounces went are way and the balls dropped for us. We did a lot of good things. We ran well, had good swings and mad things happen."
Olivarez reached on a walk off Ryan Escarcega to start the game followed by a Bell single to center. Flora followed with his first of two doubles in the inning to score both Olivarez and Bell. Trey Hernandez drove in Flora with a triple and crossed the plate on a Perales single.
Escarcega, who allowed six runs on five hits left the game without recording an out after Parra singled. Reliever Jason Oatman entered and hit Jeremy Narvaez loading the bases. Jeramie Marek followed with a bases loaded single to plate Parra. Famiglietti followed with a two-run double in his first career at bat at the college level and scored the final run on Flora's two-out double.
The Islanders added single runs in the third, fifth, sixth and eighth innings. In the third, Bell made it 10-0 with a single to drive in Famiglietti, before picking up a second RBI in the fifth when Marek scored on another Bell single. After Perales scored on an error in the sixth, Parra ripped the team's second triple of the day to drive in Perales.
While the offense was piling up the runs, Islander starter Roy Ferdin was holding the hosts at bay. He allowed two runs in the fourth on a Kevin Atkinson triple and permitted just five hits over seven innings of work. Weston Montgomery pitched on inning of perfect relief, while Brett Gips allowed a run on one hit and walk in the ninth.
"Roy was threw a lot of strikes and worked at a great tempo," said Malone. "I think we played good defense all around because of Roy's tempo. He kept the defense sharp and on their toes."
The season-opening series continues on Saturday with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. CST with a single game on Sunday to close out the series.
"Today was just one game of the series and I don't think it will be indicative of the whole series," said Malone. "It was a good start and tomorrow we have a pair of good workers in Andrew Toppert and Brett Carnline taking the mound."