The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team trailed 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth before waking up offensively en route to a 10-7 win over Houston Baptist at Chapman Field on Tuesday.
With the win, the Islanders moved to 8-17 on the season, while HBU drops to 2-18. A&M-Corpus Christi hosts Houston-Victoria in the final game of its seven-game homestand tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Chapman Field.
Trailing 4-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Islanders rallied for a pair of runs off starter Zac Schiefen. Ernie Olivarez began the rally, drawing one of two walks off the Huskies pitching staff. He advanced to third on a single by Trey Hernandez before freshman Jeramie Marek tripled into the right field corner.
"I was really glad to see our hitters make some adjustments at the plate as the game progressed," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "We were able to string some hits together which was key as Houston Baptist only walked two hitters in the game."
A&M-Corpus Christi took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jeremy Narvaez led off the inning with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Narvaez came around to score on a single by Jonathan Reyes off Schiefen. Stephen Flora doubled to center field driving in Reyes, who had swiped second. Jacob Perales broke the 4-4 tie with a single to right field to plate Flora and chase the HBU starter from the game. Perales gave the Islanders a 6-4 lead when Trey Hernandez reached on an error.
After the Huskies pulled to within 6-5 in the sixth, the Islanders took a three-run lead in the bottom of the inning. Perales, who finished with three RBI, drove in Reyes and Narvaez with a single through the left side of the infield.
Each team plated a pair of runs in the seventh. Pinch hitter David Mark and second baseman Eric Schiro each drove in runs in the seventh. In the bottom of the inning, Marek drove in two more runs to finish with four.
Houston Baptist had jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in each of the third and fourth innings. In the third, Andrew Taccolini deposited a two-run home run off starter Justin Grota, who allowed a pair of runs in three innings with four strikeouts, into the berm in left field. In the fourth, the Huskies loaded the bases as Jesse Maldonado walked the first batter he faced and then hit the second. After a single by Jonathan Moore loaded the bases, Leo Delgado picked up an RBI as he hit into a fielder's choice.
"We need to start pitching better," said the Islander coach. "We can't give up six walks, hit two batters and allow 10 hits."
A&M-Corpus Christi finished with 14 hits. Perales led the way with three hits, while Reyes, Hernandez, Marek and Narvaez each had a pair of hits. HBU finished with 10 hits with Moore, Taccolini, and Schiro each collecting a pair.
"It was good to see guys like Narvaez get an opportunity to start and make the most of it with some good at bats," said Malone. "It was also great to see Jacob Perales come through with the runs batted in when he had a chance. It was a good team effort."
The Islanders used seven pitchers in the game with Andrew Longoria earning his first win. He allowed one hit over 1-2/3 innings with a strikeout, while Jake Liedka picked up the save with a scoreless ninth, fanning two.
Schiefen suffered the loss, allowing six runs with five earned in four innings of work. Hunter Scott pitched the final four innings, scattering four hits but permitting four runs. He struckout four.