SAN MARCOS - Trey Hernandez drove in five runs including a
three-run home run as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi handed Texas
State a 10-8 defeat in the second game of their series at Bobcat
Baseball Stadium on Saturday.
The Islanders (6-3, 1-1) jumped on the board early as Hernandez belted a three-run home run in the top of the first off Brian Borski. It was his fifth home run of the season and second game of the season with at least five runs batted in.
The lead remained three until the Islanders crossed the plate three more times in the third. Chris Vergne and Hernandez drew back-to-back one out walks. Bobby Buckner drove in Vergne with a single up the middle, while Hernandez crossed home on a wild pitch by Borski. Buckner scored the final run of the inning on a single by Weston Montgomery.
After a run in the bottom of the fourth, Texas State (4-5, 1-1) pulled to within three runs in the top of the fifth. Shaun Garcia led off inning with a single, stole second and scored on a hit by Andrew Stumph. Tyler Sibley made it a 6-4 game with a two-run single.
The Islanders responded with four runs in the top of the sixth inning. After Omar Garcia singled and scored with the bases loaded on a catcher's interference call, Hernandez drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single. Buckner drove in Vergne with a single to right.
A&M-Corpus Christi had to hold off a pair of two-run rallies in the eighth and ninth innings.
In the eighth, Jake Liedka allowed a two-run home run to Kyle Kubitza. Texas State loaded the bases in the final inning with Kubtiza again driving in a pair with two away but Chris Pena ended threat by getting Jason Martinson to ground out earning his first save as an Islander.
Ian Campbell moved to 2-1 on the season as he started in place of Brandon Orr. Liedka, Roman Madrid and Pena followed out of the bullpen. Borski fell to 1-2 for the Bobcats.
The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday.