The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team (7-5) may not face as dominating a pitcher the rest of the season as they saw Friday night against 15th-ranked UCLA (11-0). Bruin starter Gerrit Cole struck out 15 Islanders in his seven plus innings of work in an 11-3 win.
Weston Montgomery stood out going 2-for-4 to open the Whataburger College Classic. He extended his hitting streak to a team-best nine games.
A&M-Corpus Christi fell behind early as UCLA scored four runs in the opening three innings and held a 5-0 advantage before the home team scored a run. Matt Holland drove in the first run with RBI ground out that brought in Omar Garcia.
Roy Ferdin was unable to keep the deficit at four as the UCLA bats added to their lead in the top of the fifth scoring four more runs. That was enough for Cole who scattered five hits to A&M-Corpus Christi while he was in the game.
"I've got great respect for coach Savage and his team, after the game he told me to tell our guys to keep their head up after facing a guy who'll be pitching in the major leagues," said Islanders head coach Scott Malone "I told the guys we have to dig in when we're facing two strikes and stay tough especially when you facing an opponent like UCLA."
The Islanders tacked on runs in the last two innings with Matt Holland and pinch hitter Caleb Marx each driving in a runs. In relief of Ferdin on Friday the bullpen held the Bruin offense to three runs and combined for seven strikeouts between Brett Gibson, Adam Hoelscher, Andrew Longoria and Jake Olier.
Next up will be the Sooners of Oklahoma who defeated Mississippi State 15-6 in the opening game of the classic. OU and TAMUCC are schedule for first pitch around 1 p.m. at Whataburger Field.