March 13, 2010

ISLANDERS LOSE TO SOONERS 11-2 IN WHATABURGER COLLEGE CLASSIC

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team dropped a second-straight decision to a ranked team Saturday falling 11-2 to No. 15 Oklahoma in the Whataburger College Classic.

"We didn't do anything well today," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "They did a good job of out-pitching and out-hitting us."

The Islanders jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and had a chance for more. Cory Ege singled to start the inning and went to third on a double by Omar Garcia. After Chris Vergne grounded out back to pitcher Bobby Shore, Trey Hernandez drove in Ege with a sacrifice fly to center. Shore then struckout Bobby Buckner to end the inning.

"We had a chance early to multiple runs on the board in the first run and didn't," said Malone. "We had our 3-4-5 hitters coming to the plate and Vergne hits it back to the pitcher and Buckner strikes out. We are typically an offensive team and we expect them to get it done for us. I think we got deflated without getting more runs in the first. We were on our heels.

"Once you get behind a team like Oklahoma the odds get staked against you - especially with Shore doing such a good job. We need to get things turned around in a hurry."

After Cameron Seitzer homered to tie the game in the second, the Sooners scored eight runs between the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, OU took advantage of five walks by Islander pitchers Ian Campbell and Chris Pena to score four runs to take a 5-1 lead. Garrett Buechele had a two-run single to key the inning.

The Sooners added two runs in each the fifth and sixth innings. Casey Johnson had an RBI single in the fifth, while Buechele drove in his third run of the game. In the sixth, Caleb Bushyhead and Tyler had back-to-back RBI singles.

Down 10-1, the Islanders crossed the plate for their second run in the eighth. Buckner lined a two-out single to drive in pinch runner Chris Famiglietti.

The Sooners finished with 16 hits led by Buechele with three. Kaleb Herren and Bushyhead each had two. OU finished with eight stolen bases led by Johnson with three.

Weston Montgomery extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a pair of hits on Saturday. He was the lone Islander with multiple hits as the team had eight.

Shore moved to 3-0 on the year allowing one run on six hits in seven innings with five strikeouts. Ian Campbell dropped to 1-2 as he permitted three runs on five hits in 3-2/3 innings. He walked four and fanned one.

A&M-Corpus Christi closes out the Whataburger College Classic with a doubleheader against Mississippi State out of the SEC. The first game is slated for 3 p.m.