The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team rebounded from its first loss of the season in impressive fashion Saturday afternoon pounding out a season-high 20 hits en route to a 16-12 win over Elon in the Rice Invitational at Reckling Park.
The Islanders move to 4-1 on the season. Elon, which has won the last two Southern Conference regular-season titles and received votes in multiple polls in the preseason, is now 4-2. The Islanders face host Rice at 3:30 p.m. in the final game of the weekend.
The 2-3-4 hitters led the charge for the Islanders, who scored 3-or-more runs in four separate innings. Trey Hernandez finished 3-for-6 with four RBI and his fourth home run in the last three games. He now has eight RBI and three home runs in the Invitational thus far. He has driven in 15 RBI this season and is now fourth with 104 in two-plus seasons.
Bobby Buckner was 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs scored and a pair of triples, while Chris Vergne was 4-of-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. Marc Damon was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI off the bench, while Omar Garcia was 3-of-5 with two runs driven in.
"The middle of the order hit the way middle of the order guys supposed to hit," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "We were able to drive in runs all day"
The Islanders jumped out to a 16-3 lead before allowing nine runs to the Phoenix in their final three at bats. After taking a 3-1 lead in the top of the third, the Islanders crossed the plate five times on six hits in the fourth sending 10 batters to the plate chasing Elon starter Ken Ferrer to the bench. In the fifth, A&M-Corpus Christi scored three runs on three hits and an error.
They closed out their scoring in the seventh with five runs. Hernandez launched his fourth home run of the season to start the inning, while Damon came off the bench with a two-run double.
Roy Ferdin was the beneficiary of the outburst earning his first win of the season. He went six inning scattering six hits with a pair of strikeouts. He is the first Islander starter to get a win this season.
"Roy gave us the quality start we needed," said Malone. "He enabled us to get the lead and play from the front."
Elon rallied for six runs in the eighth including a three-run home run by Neal Pritchard off Jake Liedka. They added two more in the ninth off Brett Gibson before Phillip Garcia ended the game.
Ferrer suffered the loss falling to 1-1 on the year.