NINE-RUN THIRD TO MUCH FOR ISLANDERS TO OVERCOME
ARLINGTON The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team allowed nine runs in the third inning and was unable to comeback suffering a 14-4 setback in seven innings in the series finale to UT Arlington at Clay Gould Ballpark on Sunday.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Islanders who fall to 17-33 on the season and 8-19 in the league. The Mavericks move to 26-21 overall and move to 17-10 in the Southland Conference. The Mavs clinched a spot in the league tournament with the win.
After scoring a run in the second to take a 1-0 lead, the Mavs erupted for nine runs in the third off a trio of Islander pitchers. The first eight UTA hitters reached without an out recorded. Michael Choice belted a grand slam off starter Trey Hernandez (2-3), who allowed six runs on seven hits in two innings of work.
Following a two-run double by Tim Steggall, who had an RBI triple in the second, Chad Comer hit a two-run home run off Trevor Foss. Foss permitted three runs on three hits without recording an out. The final run was a solo home run off Jacob Leidka by Matt Putman.
The Islander offense tried to get back in the game in the fourth and fifth innings off UTA starter Mitchell, who moved to 4-5 as he scattered seven hits allowing two runs with one earned and six strikeouts. A&M-Corpus Christi loaded the bases in each inning with one away, but managed only one unearned run in the fourth. Justin Greiner reached on an error to start the fourth and, after singles by Martin Parra and Weston Montgomery loaded the bases, scored on a ground out by Omar Garcia to make it 10-1.
Ernie Olivarez's third home run of the week made it a 10-2 game in the sixth, but Andrew Kainer answered with a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame. Kainer's hit earlier in the game extended his hit streak to 34 games tying the Southland Conference record.
The Islanders again pulled to within eight in the top of the seventh in an attempt to avoid the run rule. Jonathan Reyes had an RBI single to plate Greiner, while Parra scored on a grounder by Montgomery.
The Islanders had 10 hits in the game as Jeramie Marek, Greiner, and Parra each had a pair. Marek extended his hitting steak to 16 games in the contest. UTA had 20 hits with three players posting three. Choice led the way with three hits and five RBI.
A&M-Corpus Christi returns to action on Friday at 2 p.m. as Northwestern State visits for the final three-game homestand of the year.