ISLANDERS DROP FINAL WCC GAME TO 9-3
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team dropped a 9-3 decision to Texas-Pan American on Sunday in the final game of the Whataburger College Classic.
With the loss, the Islanders dropped to 4-10 on the year and to 3-1 versus the Broncs this season. UTPA picked up its first win of the season after 11 losses. The two teams meet again on Tuesday in a doubleheader at Chapman Field. First pitch is slated for a noon start.
The Broncs broke through with single runs in the third and fifth innings to lead 2-0. Andrew Perez doubled and scored on a single by Abraham Garcia on the third. In the fifth, Perez's sacrifice fly brought in Jose Salmon for a 2-0 lead.
Stephen Flora led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to make it a 2-1 game.
The Broncs broke open the game in the top of the sixth scoring six times on six hits with a pair of walks, an error and a wild pitch that allowed a run to. Ryan Vest had a two-run single in the inning and the Islanders used three hurlers in the inning.
Jacob Perales tried to give the Islanders some life in the bottom of the sixth when he blasted a two-run home run off Scott Wingo with two outs.
Wingo would shut down the Islanders the rest of the way. The junior tossed a complete game scattering six hits while permitting three runs with nine strikeouts. He walked one batter.
Brandon Orr took the loss for the Islanders to drop to 1-2 on the season. The allowed two runs through the first five innings on six hits. He left in the sixth inning after three straight hits started the inning. Brett Gips followed allowing a run while not posting an out and Jake Liedka finished the inning by getting all three outs but not before giving up two runs on three hits. Andrew Longoria was credited with a run on three hits in the sixth inning, while Bryant Sparkman pitched two scoreless innings to finish the game.
" Brandon gave us a chance to win the game through five innings," said Islander coach Scott Malone. "His down fall was not finishing off innings early when we had two outs. Our bullpen wasn't as good as it needs to be and it hasn't been good all season."
Ernie Olivarez and Flora each had two hits for the Islanders.
"The big concern continues to be our consistency," said Malone. "On paper, pitching isn't a strength for UTPA and today we made it look like a strength. He did a good job of throwing strikes, but we also did a good job of getting ourselves out."