ISLANDERS FALL 14-4 IN SERIES FINALE TO NEW MEXICO
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team dropped a 14-4 decision to New Mexico on Sunday in the series finale of the four-game series at Isotope Park.
The Islanders won the opener of the series 13-3, but lost the final three games to fall to 1-3 on the season. The Lobos are 3-1.
In the finale, the Islanders trailed 2-0 after UNM scored twice in the bottom of the second with two outs off Brandon Orr. They rebounded to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the third.
Freshman Jeramie Marek led off the inning with a double and moved to third as Chris Famiglietti reached on a bunt single. Marek scored on a throwing error by Rafael Neda as Famiglietti stole second. A sacrifice fly by Brycen Bell plated Marek, who advanced to third on Neda's throwing error, to tie the game at 2-2. With one out Stephen Flora doubled and scored on a single by Jacob Perales.
Orr suffered the loss in his debut pitching 4-2/3 innings. He allowed six runs with just three earned on seven hits. The junior walked two and struck out one.
"For five innings, we played a good game," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "We had some big hits early and I was pleased we came back from two runs down early."
The Lobos responded with 12 runs in their final five turns at the plate.
"We turned the game over to the pen and needed them to keep it close, but they didn't," said the Islander mentor."
After tying the game with a run in the third when Ryan Honeycutt scored on a balk by Orr, UNM scored three runs in the fifth with two away. Orr walked Dane Hamilton with two outs. Hamilton moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on single to center by Neda. Neda came around to score on a single by Kevin Atkinson, who advanced to second an error by Orr. Honeycutt capped the inning with a double off reliever Jacob Liedka scoring Atkinson for a 6-3 lead.
The Islanders got a run back in the top of the sixth. Trey Hernandez led off the inning with his first home run of the season and his 11th of the season to make it a 6-4 contest. The home run was off reliever Edwin Carl, who entered the game in the top of the inning.
A&M-Corpus Christi would not record another hit and had just one base runner the rest of the way on Martin Parra walk.
The Lobos broke open the game with five runs in the bottom of the seventh before adding three more in the bottom of the eighth.
Honeycutt, who finished with four hits, four RBI and three runs scored, belted a three-run home run off Bryant Sparkman to key the seventh. In the eighth, New Mexico added three runs on three hits.
The Islanders finished with eight hits led Hernandez with two.
Five relievers followed Orr. Jake Liedka faced two batters with out allowing run while Brett Gibson pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Sparkman and Philip Garcia combined to allow the final eight runs in 1-1/3 innings of work.
Bobby Moore earned the win. He allowed three runs with one earned on six hits. After Carl allowed a run on two hits without posting an out, Cole White and Daniel Grubbs each pitched two innings of hitless relief.
Chris Juarez joined Honeycutt with three hits, while Atkinson added three.
A&M-Corpus Christi returns home to host UTSA at Whatatburger Field on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in a non-conference game. They open league play on Friday with a three-game series against Texas State at Whataburger Field.
"Hopefully this series is a wake-up call for the team," said Malone. "We need to get better pitching. It's not how we would have liked to start so we need to get back to work.
"We'll have Roy on the mound again on Tuesday. If he gives us half the start he did on Friday we'll have a chance again UTSA. UTSA is picked to win the league so it will be a tough test."