March 8, 2010

QUICK STRIKE BY BOBCATS TOO MUCH FOR ISLANDERS IN FINALE

SAN MARCOS - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team went into Sunday's finale looking to claim a series win against last season's defending Southland Conference regular-season champions. The Bobcats, however, came out and scored six runs in the bottom of the first en route to a 13-8 victory at Bobcat Baseball Stadium.

The Islanders, who host Texas-Brownsville at Chapman Field on Tuesday at 2 p.m., fall to 6-4 on the year and 1-2 in the Southland Conference. Texas State is now 2-1 in league play and 5-5 overall.

The Bobcats were quick out of the gates with six runs on seven hits off Islander starter Marc Damon in the first 2/3 of an inning. Texas State, which sent 10 batters to the plate, had five singles in the inning before Laurn Randell capped the scoring with a two-run double off Damon, who fell to 1-1.

"My initial thought is we came in today's game with a chance to win the series on the road against last year's top team," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "Marc didn't give us much of a chance. He has the talent to do it, but I don't think he was mentally ready to start a game on the mound the way he needed to be.

"Then we turned it over to the bullpen and were never able to get those shutdown innings when we needed them. Every time we pulled a little closer we gave it right back. We never had the momentum on the mound."

The Islanders found themselves down 10-1 heading into the top of the sixth inning before heating up offensive against Bobcat starter Lee Colon.

In the sixth, the Islanders scored three runs on five hits and a chance to do more damage but left a pair of hitters stranded.

Weston Montgomery, Omar Garcia, and Chris Vergne began the inning with back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases with not out. Damon, who moved to DH after leaving the mound, made it four straight singles plating Montgomery. After Garcia scored on a fielder's choice by Bobby Buckner, Colon left the game. With one away, Roman Madrid made it 10-4 with a single.

Texas State responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run off Phillip Garcia by Jason Martinson extending the host lead to 12-4.

The sides exchanged runs in the seventh. Trey Hernandez led off the inning with a single and was driven in by Garcia on a grounder. In the bottom of the inning, Kyle Livingstone drove in Bret Atwood.

A&M-Corpus Christi threatened a big inning in the ninth scoring three runs before Texas State recorded an out. For the second time in the game, the trio of Montgomery, Garcia, and Vergne started an inning with three singles in a row. After Montgomery scored on the last, Damon roped a two-run double down the line in left off Covey Morrow. Carson Smith relieved Morrow and ended the Islander threat.

The Islanders finished with 17 hits in the game with Montgomery and Vergne each recording three. Cory Ege, Garcia, Damon and Madrid each had a pair. Damon finished with three RBI and Buckner two. Andrew Stumph led the Bobcats with four of their 18 hits, while Martinson finished with three and drove in four.

"We are an offensive team and when you look at the box score it looks like we did a good job," said Malone. "However, we didn't get the hits early when we needed to take the fight to them. I think the team would tell you that we weren't as good offensively today as the numbers show.