HOUSTON The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team had thoughts of an upset on its mind early Wednesday night leading 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but the second-ranked Rice Owls would score the games final 14 runs en route to a 14-2 win at Reckling Park
Sophomore Trey Hernandez and Omar Garcia each ripped solo home runs off Jared Rogers in the second and fourth innings, respectively, but the Islanders managed just two other hits on the evening to fall to 17-30. Rice moved to 29-10 with the win.
Tied 0-0, Hernandez belted his team leading 12th home run of the season but his first in nearly a month since hitting a pair at Lamar in the series finale on April 5. It was Hernandez's 22nd home run of his career tying him with Chuck Carter for third in school history, while the 12 in the season are tied with Roberto Santana for sixth most in a single-season. Garcia's home run was the first of his career and extended his hitting streak to a career-best six games.
After getting a single run in the bottom of the fourth, Rice took the lead with three runs in the fifth on a three-run single by Chad Mozingo, who finished with four RBI, off Hernandez. Hernandez went 4-2/3 in just his second start of the season allowing four runs on eight hits to fall to 2-2.
Rice extended its lead with three runs in the bottom of the seventh before sending 12 players to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning to score seven runs with six unearned off Brett Carnline after a Matt Rocha error at second base.
Mark Haynes earned the win for the hosts in relief as the Owls used five hurlers on the day. Haynes tossed two scoreless and hitless innings striking out three with a walk. The Owls fanned 11 Islanders on the day.
Jeramie Marek singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. The streak is the second longest of the season as Jacob Perales recorded a hit in each of the first 13 games.
Rice finished with 17 hits led by Michael Fuda with four, while six other players had two hits.
The Islanders head north to Arlington to face UT Arlington in a three-game series beginning on Friday.