ISLANDERS DROP SECOND GAME OF SERIES
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team allowed multiple runs in four different innings Saturday, falling 15-2 to Northwestern State in seven innings.
The Islanders, who were eliminated from postseason contention late Friday night with Stephen F. Austin's win over Southeastern Louisiana, dropped to 8-21 in the league and 17-35 overall. Northwestern State moves to .500 on the season at 23-23 and is 15-12 in the league.
The Islanders will celebrate Senior Day prior to tomorrow's 1 p.m. game.
Starter Roy Ferdin (2-7) struggled giving up five runs on five hits in three innings of work. The Demons scored two runs in the first inning, with Dan Meyer scoring after reaching on a leadoff double and Joe Urtuzuastegui scored after a hit-by-pitch to make it 2-0.
"The guys haven't quit and I sure haven't quit even though we've been eliminated," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "Roy just didn't have his best stuff so we went to our closer Trey (Hernandez to try and stop them and fight our way back in. It just didn't happen."
In the second inning, the Demons scored after Eric DeBlanc doubled and came around to score on a wild pitch to move the score to 3-0. The Demons posted another pair of runs in the third inning when Justin O'Neal hit a two-run home run to make it 5-0. O'Neal finished with seven RBI.
Hernandez came on in relief of Ferdin in the fourth inning but was unable to find a rhythm, giving up four earned runs on three hits, one walk and a hit-by-pitch without posting an out. Hernandez hit the first batter he faced then allowed three straight singles to load the bases and score the first run of the inning. A walk issued by Hernandez scored another run to make it 7-0 in favor of the Demons. Jake Liedka came on in relief of Hernandez following the walk and got out of the inning, but not before the Demons added another pair of runs to put the score at 9-0 in favor of NSU after four innings.
The Demons scored one run in the top of the sixth and five in the seventh to put the score at 15-0.
The Islanders scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning off Jimmy Heard to get on the board but were not able to do any more damage to fall 15-2 in seven innings due to the SLC run-rule. Weston Montgomery led off the inning with a single, followed by a Jacob Perales double down the left field line to put runners at second and third. Jeremy Narvaez hit a sacrifice fly to score Montgomery for the first run. Brycen Bell followed with a sacrifice fly of his own to score Perales and make it 15-2.
Heard held the Islanders at bay much of the game, allowing just three hits and no runs until the seventh inning to move to 7-3. The senior had four strikeouts, tying the Demon career record with 235. His teammates played solid defense behind him.
"Heard was solid on the mound and the Demons took away several hits with their defense," said Malone. "Their defense has been suffocating and taken away several hits. Everytime that happens, you can see it takes something away and makes the offense a little tighter."
The Demons had 15 runs on 15 hits. DeBlanc led the team with four hits and scored three runs. Four others had two hits. Jeramie Marek had two hits for the Islanders extending his hitting streak to 18 games, which is the fourth longest in school history.