ISLANDERS DROP SERIES FINALE TO COWBOYS

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team gave up two-or-more runs in five of eight innings as it fell 17-7 to McNeese State in the series finale at Chapman Field on Sunday.

The loss drops the Islanders to 7-16 and 1-8 in the Southland, while McNeese State moves 3-6 in the league and 11-10 overall. The team split the first two games of the series.

McNeese jumped out to a 5-0 lead after their first two trips to the plate before the Islanders scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to pull within three. The Islanders could pull no closer as McNeese scored a season-high 17 runs on 20 hits.

Starter Andrew Toppert (0-3) lasted three innings for the Islanders giving up six runs with five earned on nine hits. McNeese would go on to score 12 more runs off the bullpen on 12 hits with five unearned.

"It was the second poor start we had in the series and it really put us in a hole," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "I thought that our offense again may hit us back into the game, but they didn't and the bullpen really struggled."

Sam Merrill led the visitors with five hits and four runs scored, while Nick Eubanks had three hits and three runs batted in. Taylor Freeman was 2-for-4 with a game-high four runs All nine starters had a hit in the game for the Cowboys.

Justin Greiner and Jeramie Marek each had three hits as the Islanders finished with 13 hits. Ernie Olivarez added two hits and scored a pair of runs.

McNeese's Matt Click earned the his first career win. He tossed five inning allowing five runs on eight hits. Three Cowboy relievers combined to pitch three innings giving up two runs on five hits.

"There is a lot of baseball left to be played but by losing this series we have put ourselves in the corner," said Malone. "Now we travel to UTSA and Lamar and have a fight in front of us."

The Islanders remain home for a pair of non-SLC games at Chapman Field. They face Houston Baptist on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Houston-Victoria on Wednesday at 2 p.m.