VICTORIA - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team pounded out 13 hits and remained unbeaten Thursday night as it downed Houston-Victoria 13-6 at Riverside Stadium.
With the win, the Islanders improve to 3-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2006 season. The Jaguars fall to 6-15 on the season.
The Islanders took the lead in the top of the first as Trey Hernandez made the Jaguars pay for a two-out error by belting out a three-run homer off Broc Haymon for the 23 home run of his career. Haymon was credited with the loss
The Jaguars answered with a two-run home run by in the bottom of the first off Islander starter Marc Damon, who earned the win in his first start as an Islander.
A&M-Corpus Christi extended its lead to 7-4 with a run in the third and three more in the fourth.
The Jaguars responded by sandwiching a pair of two run innings in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings around a single run in the top of the fifth by the Islanders to make it an 8-6 game.
The Islanders would pull away late with four runs in the seventh and a run in the eighth en route to the 13-6 win. Meanwhile, the foursome of Brett Gibson, Adam Hoelscher, Andrew Longoria and Phillip Garcia combined to pitch 4-1/3 scoreless innings.
Hernandez finished 2-for-4 at the plate with the three RBI, while Bobby Buckner and Damon also had two hits. Buckner added a double and a steal, while Damon drove in a pair of runs to help his own cause. Cory Ege drove in three runs as well. Jeramie Marek had an infield single to extend his school-record hitting streak to 25 games. Defensively, the Islanders had one error, while the Jags finished with six.
"We did good job defensively of taking away hits and making the routine plays," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "We never let them have that big inning, while we had two 3-run innings and a 4-run inning.
The Islanders remain on the road as they head to Rice on for the Rice Invitational this weekend. A&M-Corpus Christi will face Nebraska on Friday and Elon on Saturday with both games at 1 p.m. Sunday's game versus Rice will be slated at 3 p.m. Live audio will be available for Friday's game on www.goislanders.com. Live stats for all three games will be available by linking from www.goislanders.com to www.riceowls.com.