April 22, 2009

MISCUES END ISLANDER UPSET BID AT NO. 16 TCU

FORT WORTH – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team committed a pair of errors in the sixth inning Tuesday night leading to three unearned runs for No. 16 TCU that a broke a 2-2 deadlock en route to a 6-2 win for the Horned Frogs at Lupton Stadium.

The loss drops the Islanders to 14-27 on the season, while TCU improves to 24-11. The teams will meet again tomorrow at 3 p.m. before the Islanders return home to Chapman Field for a three-game series with Central Arkansas beginning Friday.

Knotted at two in the sixth, the Islanders committed a pair of errors leading to three unearned runs by TCU for a 5-2 lead. Matt Vern drew a walk from Brett Carnline to lead off the inning. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt and passed ball, Vern broke the tie as Jonathan Reyes misplayed a fly ball to center on a sacrifice fly by Bryan Holaday. Aaron Schultz walked with two outs and scored the final run of the inning on the second error by Brycen Bell error at short.

The Horned Frogs added an insurance run in the seven as Jason Coats scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter.

A&M-Corpus Christi led by a run twice in the early going. Jeramie Marek, who led the Islanders with two hits, continued his hot hitting extending his hitting streak to eight games with a double to lead off the game. He came around to score with two away on a single by Justin Greiner.

TCU tied the game with an unearned run in the bottom of the first. With two away after a double play by the Islanders, Carpenter reached on walk by Carnline and came around to score on error an by Bell.

The Islanders regained the lead in the second. Trey Hernandez doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a balk by Greg Holle. Bell brought in Hernandez with a sacrifice for a 2-1 lead.

After Holle left with two outs in the third, a trio of TCU relievers combined to toss 6-1/3 perfect innings of relief. Tyler Lockwood earned the win with five strikeouts in 4-1/3 innings to move to 3-1.

Carnline suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run to drop to 3-5. He scattered six hits and walked four.

"Brett was really good and gave us a quality start," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "The dropped fly ball and errors were costly on defense.

"We need to keep plugging away and hopefully we will come around on offense. We squared off against some talented arms today, but we have to start improving at the plate."