ISLANDERS WOES CONTINUE IN SECOND GAME OF SERIES
HUNTSVILLE -- The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball took an early 5-3 lead on Friday, but Sam Houston State scored the games final 13 runs en route to a 16-6 win in seven innings at Don Sanders Stadium.
Trailing 3-2, Jeremy Narvaez gave the Islanders a brief lead as he belted his second home run of the season. The three-run shot to left off Jacob Howard plated Justin Greiner and Ernie Olivarez.
"We were better offensively today," said Islander coach Scott Malone. "We left a few on base, but we scored enough runs early to win the game.
"We were disappointing on the mound again giving up 16 runs on 14 hits and nine walks. We've been searching for stoppers on the mound all year and haven't been able to. We've had no consistency on the mound."
The advantage was short lived as the Bearkats scored four times in the bottom of third off reliever Brett Carnline, who dropped to 3-7, and five times in the bottom of the fourth to take a 12-3 lead.
A grand slam off Bryant Sparkman in the bottom of the seventh Tyler Knight, who had six RBI, ended the game dropping the Islanders to 17-38 on the year and 8-24 in the SLC. SHSU moved to 32-21.
In the third, Mark Wyatt followed a Peter Goudeau RBI single with a three-run home run. Wyatt finished with five RBI. Daniel Nottebart's two-run double capped the five run fourth.
The Islanders scored their sixth run in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Narvaez and Trey Hernandez.
A&M-Corpus Christi struck first. With two away, Stephen Flora walked and went to second a single by Greiner. Ernie Olivarez drove in Flora with a hit to right in the top of the first.
SHSU plated three runs in the bottom of the first off Brett Gips. The senior allowed three runs on four hits in an inning of work in his first start.
Jeramie Marek drove in Narvaez in the second with an RBI single up the middle. The hit extended his hitting streak to 21 games matching Jaime Landin for the second-longest streak in school history. The longest hit streak is 22 games set by Humberto Aguilar in the 2003 season.
Six Islander pitchers combined to allow 16 runs on six hits with nine walks.
Dallas Gallant earned the win for the hosts moving to 3-4. Gallant was one of three pitchers used by SHSU. Gallant allowed one run on three hits with six strikeouts.
A&M-Corpus Christi finished with 10 hits as Olivarez and Narvaez each had three. Goudeau and Knight each had three base hits.
The series concludes Saturday at 1 p.m.