March 23, 2009

ISLANDERS TO CLOSE OUT HOMESTAND WITH PAIR OF MIDWEEK GAMES

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team will close out a seven-game homestand when it hosts Houston Baptist on Tuesday and Houston-Victoria on Wednesday. Both games are slated for a 2 p.m. start at Chapman Field.

The Islanders (7-17) face the provisional Division I Huskies (2-17) on Tuesday with senior Justin Grota taking to the mound. The lefty enters the game with a 2-1 record in eight appearances and is making his fourth start of the year. He has an 8.69 ERA on the season, but has limited opposing hitters to a .282 average. Against the 20-10 UH-Victoria Jaguars of the NAIA, the nod on the rubber is slated to be Roy Ferdin. The sophomore is 1-3 on the season with a 6.44 ERA

Offensively, three Islanders are hitting .337 or better. Justin Greiner leads the way with a .346 average. Stephen Flora is second with a .341 average and is second with 18 RBI. Jacob Perales is hitting .337 and is tied for Flora with the team lead in runs scored at 16. Martin Parra has a team-high 26 RBI after driving in 13 in five games last week with Trey Hernandez leading the team with six home runs.

The Huskies will second left-handed pitcher Zac Schiefen. He is 0-4 on the season in five appearances with an 8.59 ERA despite limiting opposing hitters to a .268 mark. The Huskies are hitting just .215 at the plate this season. Robbie Buller has a team-best .293 average, while Andrew Taccolini has a team-leading three home runs and 13 RBI.

The Jaguars are led by former major leaguer Terry Puhl. They are led offensively by Tony Rottman who is hitting .422 with 10 home runs and 40 runs batted in. Three other Victoria players are hitting over .380 as a team. James Green is averaging .386, Jon McDonald .385 and Zane Williams is batting .380 with 10 home runs and a team-best .45 RBI. No starter has been named on the mound for the Jaguars, who have a 5.87 ERA.

The Islanders return to Southland Conference play on Friday when they visit UTSA for the first game of a three-game set for a 6 p.m. start.