March 10, 2010

OFFENSE COMES ALIVE AS ISLANDERS SMASH SCORPIONS 14-5

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi trailed for the first three and a half innings before the bats came alive against Texas-Brownsville on Tuesday at Chapman Field. In the bottom of the fourth inning after the first two hitters reached Omar Garcia laced a single that put the Islanders on top to stay.

Starter Jake Liedka allowed three first inning runs after allowing the first two runners to reach. Matt Ginn put the Scorpions on top early on a two-run double. In the bottom half of the first, Cory Ege connected for a home run for a second consecutive Tuesday. Chris Vergne with one out in the first cut the deficit to 3-2 with a homer to right field.

Liedka, settled down during his next four innings keeping the UTB bats salient striking out five in five innings of work. TAMUCC broke open the game in the bottom of the sixth innings when they put six on the score board to extend the advantage to 9-3.

The first three hitters in the sixth reached base, Ege added to the lead with a single through the left side of the infield. Garcia cleaned off the bases with a three-run triple putting the Islanders up 7-3. A&M-Corpus Christi added two more in the frame to go up 9-3.

Highlighting the scoring in the bottom of the seventh was a long three-run home run by Vergne that extended the lead to 12-3, which gave the starting left fielder game high five RBIs.

In the bottom of the eighth two more runs crossed the plate for the Islanders to close the scoring for the team. The top of the line-up went a 7-for-14 with three home runs and driving in 12 runs.

Brandon Orr, Trenton Irwin and Weston Mongomery in relief combined to hold Brownsville to two runs over four innings of work.

"I was glad to see Liedka bounce back after the first inning and then have our bullpen help us until we got going offensively," said head coach Scott Malone "Once our offense got going it came hits came from almost everyone, the top portion of the line-up continued to stay hot and we'll need them to continue to this weekend for us."

Eight batters recorded at least one hit for TAMUCC in the 14-5 victory.

Next up for the Islanders will be the Whataburger College Classic against UCLA of the Pacific 10 conference. First pitch is schedule for 6 p.m. at Whataburger Field on Friday night.