May 2, 2009

ISLANDERS FALL 10-4, RAIN POSTPONES SECOND GAME

ISLANDERS FALL 10-4, RAIN POSTPONES SECOND GAME

ARLINGTON – The Texs A&M-Corpus Christi fell behind early and was unable to recover dropping a 10-4 decision to UT Arlington under overcast skies at Clay Gould Ballpark on Saturday.

The skies would open after the conclusion of game forcing the teams to again reschedule the series finale for 1 p.m. on Sunday – its original scheduled time. The game had been moved to Saturday in fear of a Sunday rainout.

The loss was the third straight in Southland Conference play for the Islanders who are now 8-17 in the league and 17-32 overall. The Mavs are now 16-10 in the SLC and 25-21.

After UTA took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run with two outs by Michael Choice, the Mavs would score five runs in the second off Islanders starter Roy Ferdin. Andrew Kainer's double led off the second extending his hitting streak to 32 games which is two off the SLC record.

Four straight singles by UTA led to four runs, before Choice capped the inning with a two-run single off reliever Justin Grota. It was the lone hit Grota would allow in 3-2/3 innings of work. The senior retired the final 10 batters he faced.

The Islanders tried to rally in the fourth. Nathan Long hit Weston Montgomery with a pitch to start the inning. With one out, Montgomery scored on a triple by Ernie Olivarez, who has driven in eight RBI in the last three games he has played. Olivarez scored on a squeeze bunt Jacob Perales.

After scoring an unearned run in the sixth, UTA iced the game in the seventh with three runs. The Mavs would start the inning with three straight singles off Brett Gibson, before a triple by Matt Otteman cleared the bases. Gibson allowed four runs with three earned on five hits in an inning of work.

The Islanders added single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, Martin Parrs doubled off Long to driving Justin Greiner, while Jeremy Narvaez plated Omar Garcia with a sacrifice fly in the ninth off Otteman.

With the run support, Long held the Islanders at bay. The Southland leader in strikeouts moved to 5-3 with eight more strikeouts. He scattered three runs on eight hits.

Ferdin suffered the loss in his shortest start of the season. The lefty allowed six runs on six hits in 1-1/3 innings to drop to 2-6.

Greiner and Parra led the Islanders with two hits apiece as A&M-Corpus Christ had nine. The Mavs had 13 led by Choice three.