The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team made it two straight wins knocking off Houston-Victoria 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Chapman Field.
The win was the second straight for the Islanders who travel this weekend to UTSA for a crucial series with the Roadrunners. A&M-Corpus Christi is now 9-17 on the year and enter its series with the UTSA with a 1-8 mark in the Southland Conference. UTSA is tied with Texas State and Southeastern Louisiana for the SLC lead at 6-3. The series begins Friday at 6 p.m. with games at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The game was tied at one before the Islanders scored four runs in their final four trips to the plate.
In the top of the fifth, Jeramie Marek led of the inning with a single to right for A&M-Corpus Christi's first hit of the game. He moved to second on a grounder by Jeremy Narvaez before going to third on a fly ball to right by Ruben Flores. A wild pitch by Casey Newman allowed Marek to score.
The Islanders added a pair in the sixth off of Rex Garner. Weston Montgomery, who had two of the team's five hits, doubled to start the inning and went to third on a wild pitch. After Martin Parra walked and stole second, Trey Hernandez lofted a fly ball to right field plating Montgomery. Parra scored on a sacrifice by Ernie Olivarez.
Olivarez drove in Montgomery for the final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth.
Jonathan Reyes scored the game's first run on an errant throw in the bottom of the first. After leading off by being hit by a pitch, Reyes stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Catcher Josh Darnell tried to get Reyes at third but the throw was high and sailed into the outfield.
The Jags tied the game in the second. With one out, David Baker reached on a passed ball on strike three and went to second a hit by Leonardo Garcia. After advancing to third on a fly ball, he raced home on a passed ball.
Meanwhile, the Islander pitching staff had a strong showing holding down a team that entered the game with a .341 average to one run on six hits.
Roy Ferdin started and went four innings allowing the Jaguars only an unearned run on a passed ball in the second. Ferdin scattered four hits and struckout four. Five other Islanders pitched an inning apiece. Brett Gips fanned two batters and allowed a hit in the fifth to earn the win and Phillip Garcia pitched a hitless sixth. After Bryant Sparkman was perfect in the seventh. Brett Gibson tossed a scoreless eighth, Brett Carnline didn't allow a hit in the ninth, but did walk and hit a batter.
"Our pitching was much better today against a team that can really swing the bats," said Malone. "We did a great job of throwing strikes low in the zone and changing speeds. Roy was tremendous and really set the tone.
"Offensively, Weston paced us with two hits, but we need to become more consistent from one to nine in the order if we want to hit at a high level. UTSA is a team that will score a lot of runs on their field and we will need to match their offense if we want to win some games there."