March 2, 2010

ISLANDER BASEBALL HOSTS NEIGHBORING KINGSVILLE

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team takes on Texas A&M-Kingsville Tuesday night in the Whataburger Field debut for the Islanders. The first pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.

The Islanders enter the contest with a 4-2 record, while Kingsville is 9-7 on the season. The meeting is first between the two sides.

"I am looking forward to the game," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "As we have worked on building the program since I have been here, we have looked to do things to build more excitement in the community. Anytime you have two teams coming together from the same area it is exciting."

The Islanders opened the season 3-0 before going 1-2 at the Rice Invitational despite hitting .331as a team. Marc Damon, who will make his second start on the mound, leads the team with a .524 average and is second with eight RBI. Damon has recorded hit in all six contests.

Fellow newcomer Chris Vergne is second with a .471 mark, while Omar Garcia is third at .438. Offensively, the key has been the resurgence of Trey Hernandez. The junior has belted four home runs in the last four games with 16 RBI, while averaging .393.

On the mound, Damon is 1-0 earning a win at Houston-Victoria last week. He struck out seven in four innings of work.

"I am looking forward to seeing Damon in his second start," said Malone. "We have had two good starts in a row from Brandon Orr and Roy Ferdin and I am hoping we can continue that and settle in more on the mound."

The Javelinas are led by Travis Earles and Clifton Thomas. Earles is averaging .370 with 13 RBI in 16 games, while Thomas is hitting .328 with 12 runs driven in.

Both sides have multiple players from South Texas.

"Each team has some talented locals," said Malone. "If you are a fan of baseball in the Coastal Bend, Tuesday's game should be a fun night."