HAMMOND, La. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team suffered a heart-breaking loss to Southeastern Louisiana Friday night dropping a 4-3 decision at Alumni Field
Leading 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Islanders allowed the tying run to score on a close play at the plate. Cass Hargis, who was 4-for-4 while hitting for the cycle, tripled to start the inning.
After Brandon Street was intentionally walked, Josh Cryer put a squeeze bunt down the first base line. Hargis ran home from third while Trey Hernandez charged the bunt. Hernandez fielded the bunt cleanly and threw home, but Hargis was ruled to have touched the plate before the tag was applied by Stephen Flora.
A&M-Corpus Christi threatened to retake the lead in the top of the seventh. Jeramie Marek led off the inning with a single and went to second as Hernandez walked. The duo moved 90-feet closer on a sacrifice bunt by Justin Greiner. With two away after Jonathan Reyes went down on strikes, Jacob Perales walked bringing Weston Montgomery to the plate. The freshman appeared to have a bloop single only to see Street make a diving catch to end the inning with the bases full of Islanders.
The Lions wasted little time making A&M-Corpus Christi pay for leaving the bases loaded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. With one away, Chris Ernest and Jordan D'Arensbourg hit back-to-back doubles off Islander starter Brandon Orr to break the tie.
Jacob Liedka relieved Orr and forced a ground out from the first batter he faced. With two away, Hargis doubled to drive in D'Arensbourg.
The Islanders rallied for a run in the top of the eighth. Flora reached on an error to start the inning. After reliever Ryan Collins, who was credited with the win, retired the next two batters he faced, Flora scored from second on a single to right by Marek. The freshmen had four of the Islanders seven hits. Hernandez walked to put runners on first and second with two away. The Lions went to closer Chris Franklin to get out of the inning.
Franklin earned his ninth save of the season retiring the Islanders in order the top of the ninth.
The Lions took the early lead when Hargis hit a one-out home run in the bottom of the first inning off Orr. The home run was the third of the season for the centerfielder.
Orr, who fell to 1-5, held the Lions to one run until the sixth inning. He scattered seven hits over 6-1/3 innings allowing four earned runs. He fanned five and had just the intentional walk. The duo of Jake Liedka and Brett Gibson pitched the final 1-2/3 innings allowing just one hit.
After Justin Greiner was left stranded leading of the second with a double, the Islanders plated a pair of runs in the top of the fourth off Ryan Boudreaux. Martin Parra led off the inning with a double and moved to right on a fly ball by Brycen Bell. Marek followed with his second single to right to drive in Parra. After stealing second with tow away, Marek scampered home on a throwing error by Southeastern shortstop D'Arensbourg.
Orr would put himself in a jam in the bottom of the fourth. Hargis and Brandon Street led off the inning with back-to-back base hits to put runners at the corners. Orr would get out of the jam by getting Josh Cryer to line out to second for the first out and then sent Joe Sparacino down looking at strike three. Cody Gougler flew out to left to end the threat.
The two teams continue their series on Saturday at noon.