ISLANDERS HOST COWBOYS IN SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SLATE
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team will look to continue the momentum it has built in its last two games after sweeping Texas Tech a in midweek, two-game series at Whataburger Field when McNeese State comes to Chapman Field for a crucial Southland Conference series. The teams will play at 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while the series will conclude at 1 p.m.
With their first two wins all-time over the Red Raiders, A&M-Corpus Christi moved to 6-15 on the season. The Islanders will be vying for their first Southland Conference win of the season as they are currently 0-6. McNeese enters the series with a 1-5 record in the league and is 9-9 overall. The Cowboys dropped a 10-2 decision to Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday and lost 6-3 at No. 5 LSU on Wednesday night.
Stephen Flora, who was officially named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List earlier this week, leads the Islanders with a .351 batting average and shared the team lead in home runs with Trey Hernandez at five. Martin Parra drove in eight runs in the series driving in the go-ahead runs in each game including a grand slam on Wednesday. Jacob Perales, whose .346 average is second on the team, has crossed the plate a team-best 14 times.
Brandon Orr will take to the mound in the opener followed by Roy Ferdin and Andrew Toppert. Orr enters the weekend with a 1-3 record in four starts with a 5.40 earned-run average. Ferdin is also 1-2 with a 5.81 ERA in five starts. Toppert, the Sunday starter, has team's best ERA with at least 10 innings pitched at 3.38 and is 0-2 on the season.
MSU is led by Shon Landry with a .392 average including a .458 mark in SLC-only games. Lee Orr has a team-high seven home runs to go with 27 RBI. The Cowboys are averaging .307 as a team.
Left-hander Tyler Davis will get the start on Friday. He enters with a 2-2 record with a 5.48 ERA. Jonathan Conrad will start on Saturday and Matt Click on Sunday. Conrad, a righty, is 2-1 on the season and Click 0-for-1. In relief, Jordan LeGros was recorded three saves with 14 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.