FORMER ISLANDER ACE SLATED TO START ON SATURDAY VERSUS HOOKS

Former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi standout pitcher Trey Hearne returns to Corpus Christi this weekend as member of the Springfield Cardinals when they take on the Corpus Christi Hooks in a three-game set at Whataburger Field.

For information on ticket prices contact the Hooks ticket office at (361) 561-HOOK.

Hearne, who was selected by St. Louis in the 28th round of 2005 Major League Baseball draft, is 3-1 this season in 11 appearances for Springfield with five starts. He boasts a 3.06 ERA which is seventh in the Texas League following Thursday's action. The ex-Islander has struckout 44 batters in 47 innings which is third in the league.

As a senior for the Islanders, Hearne was named the Independent Pitcher of the Year and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team. He posted an 8-1 record and a 2.00 ERA, which was 18th in the nation during the regular season. The righthander had four games with 10 or more strikeouts and tossed three complete games. He finished his two-year career with 16 wins, 201 strikeouts, and a 2.43 earned run average, which are all school records.

Hearne is one of three Islanders to chosen in the baseball draft. Chuck Carter was selected by St. Louis a round ahead of Hearne in 2005. Last year, Omar Gutierrez was selected in the 29th round by San Diego.