HUNTSVILLE The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team allowed runs in each of the first six innings on Thursday night dropping a 10-2 decision to Sam Houston State at Don Sanders Stadium.
The loss was the eighth straight for the Islanders, who dropped to 8-23 in the Southland Conference and 17-37 overall. Sam Houston State improved to 31-21 on the season and 17-13 in the Southland.
The Bearkats scored a pair of runs in the top of the first on a pair of sacrifice flies and an unearned run in the second off Islander starter Phillip Garcia. Garcia allowed three runs with two earned in his first start on the college level. He lasted one inning scattering four hits with a walk and no strikeouts.
"Sam Houston came out aggressive at the plate, but we didn't come out and do what we needed to slow them down," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "We didn't throw many first strikes and had to work behind in the count.
"We just aren't playing well. They out-pitched us. They out-hit us for sure and they played better defense. They made the plays on defense and we didn't. We misplayed a sacrifice bunt and dropped a routine fly in right."
The Islanders pulled to within on in the top of the third. Jeramie Marek, who started the game with a single and a steal extending his hitting streak to 20 games which is third all-time, drew a one out walk in third. Jacob Perales moved Marek to third with a double. Both crossed the plate on a single by Stephen Flora. Flora leads the Islanders with 42 runs batted in.
Sam Houston would not allow A&M-Corpus Christi to score again, while crossing the plate twice in the bottom of third and twice in the fourth. They sealed the win with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Freshman Sean Weatherford earned the win for the hosts improving to 7-5. The Bearkat permitted four hits in five innings. He struck out six batters. Three SHSU relievers Gillaume Duguay, Ryan Tapera, and Matt Shelton limited the Islanders to no runs on one hit in the final four innings.
A&M-Corpus Christi used three relievers after Garcia. Justin Grota allowed three runs in an inning of work with three walks and a hit batter. Trevor Foss permitted three runs in two innings despite striking out three and Roy Ferdin allowed two runs on four hits in two innings.
The Bearkats finished with 14 hits in the game with Adam DeLaGarza driving in three runs with a 4-for-4 performance. Three players recorded two hits including catcher Mark Wyatt led the way with two hits including a three-run home run and a double.
The series resumes Friday at 2 p.m. with the regular-season finale at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
"We want to wrap up the season on a good note," said the Islander coach. "Hopefully, Brett Gips can give us several good innings as a starter and we can play solid defense behind him and score some runs."