October 17, 2009

CURRENT PLAYERS AND ALUMNI ENJOY SECOND ANNUAL GAME

With seven run in their final four turns at the bat, the current members of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team handed their alumni counterparts an 8-0 defeat at Chapman Field on Saturday in the second annual game.

Transfer Marc Damon drove in Jeramie Marek in the bottom of the first with a one-out single after the Islander sophomore reached on an error and went to second on a wild pitch.

The alumni, who left runners stranded at second and third in the third inning, kept the game tight until late. Jeremy Narvaez had an RBI double in the fifth, while Jake Olier and Shane Klemcke crossed the plate with two outs in the seventh for a 5-0 lead. A&M-Corpus Christi added its final three runs in the eighth inning.

Chris Vergne led the Islanders with a pair of doubles, while the pitching staff contributed 15 strikeouts. Roman Madrid fanned all three batters he faced in the seventh with eight consecutive strikes to begin the inning. Alumni Will Norman had a special inning striking out the side in the third while freshman.

While the current Islanders took the victory, for head coach Scott Malone the most important aspect of the game was the relationship building it brings between the current and former players.

"First of all, it was a great day to play baseball," said Malone. "The alumni really made it an amazing atmosphere. They bring a lot of energy and excitement to the game. It is their Super Bowl Sunday. It is there chance to be young again and put on the uniform. It forces us to match their energy.

"It is also another opportunity for them to show their families what they had helped build and see where the program they are a part of is headed."