Trailing 7-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team recorded its second straight come-from-behind win over Central Arkansas scoring four times in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 win at Chapman Field.
With the win, the Islanders are now 16-28 on the season and 8-15 in the Southland Conference. The loss was the sixth straight for the Bears in league play as they dropped to 8-15 in the league and to 17-23 overall. With the win over UCA and losses by Stephen F. Austin, McNeese State and Nicholls State, all five have eight wins in the league.
A&M-Corpus Christi will battle for its first SLC series sweep of the season at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Chapman Field.
"Everyone came up big at the plate," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "It was a team win. Everyone who played made a contribution and that's what we preach. I play a lot of guys and I expect them all to play when called on.
"Baseball is a fun game when you. Especially when the whole team is involved."
The Islanders, who overcame a 6-1 deficit on Friday, began the bottom of the ninth inning with a single from Weston Montgomery. Jacob Perales cut the Islander deficit to two as he blasted a two-run home run to right field off Ryan Humphrey.
Jeremy Narvaez come off the bench to greet Bobby Pritchett with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brycen Bell. After Jeramie Marek walked, Justin Greiner singled to right driving in Narvaez to tie the game with Marek stopping at third.
After Pritchett walked Martin Parra to load the bases, Stephen Flora hit a sacrifice fly to right field to win the game.
After neither team scored in the first three innings, they combined for five in the fourth.
With two away Richey Irvin doubled off Islander starter Roy Ferdin and scored on a triple by Tye Throneberry. A single by Pritchett drove in Throneberry for a 2-0 lead.
Ferdin had a solid start for the Islanders. The sophomore had a season-best six strikeouts in six innings of work with no walks. He allowed three runs on nine hits.
"Roy did a good job of throwing strikes," said Malone. "He didn't walk anyone and had six strikeouts. You have to give them credit for getting nine hits today."
A&M-Corpus Christi used the long ball to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning. Marek led off the inning with a single for the Islanders first hit off UCA starter Reece Cross. With one away, Parra belted his sixth home run of the season to right field to tie the game. Flora made it back-to-back homers with his ninth of the season to right center.
Cross scattered five hits over six hits permitting four runs with three earned. He recorded seven Ks with a walk.
UCA tied the game in the top of the fifth. Jonathan Yerby ripped an RBI double to left-center field past a diving Omar Garcia with two outs to plate Smith.
The score remained 3-3 until the top of the seventh inning when Andrew Longoria replaced Ferdin. Blake Roberts began the inning by reaching on a three-base error to center off the glove of Jonathan Reyes and scored on a single by Beau Geren for the Bears only run of the game with less than two outs. Geren later scored on a two-out base hit by Irvin off Byrant Sparkman for a 5-3 UCA advantage
After Perales scored in the bottom of the seventh on a balk to make it a one-run contest, Beau Geren seemingly sealed the win with a two-run home run in with two outs in the top of the eighth off Sparkman.
Trey Hernandez would keep it a three-run game by getting the final out in the eighth and all three in the ninth. He allowed a hit in 1-1/3 innings of relief and would earn the win for the Islanders.
"Trey came up big on the mound to get the final four outs," said the TAMUCC coach. "He didn't give them the opportunity to extend their lead, which was huge."
Eight Islanders recorded at least one hit as team finished with Greiner and Montgomery each recording two. The Bears had 15 hits with Geren, who now has 15-game hitting streak, and Throneberry with three.