March 16, 2010

ISLANDERS TO FACE HBU ON WEDNESDAY AT CHAPMAN FIELD

After a weekend of facing some upper-level opponents, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist baseball teams will head into Wednesday's rescheduled game looking to get their feet underneath them. The game is set for a 2 p.m. start at Chapman Field.

The Islanders enter 8-7 after going 1-3 over the weekend against the likes of UCLA, Oklahoma and Mississippi State in the Whataburger College Classic. Houston Baptist dropped three games on the road to Nebraska and is 4-9 on the season.

"HBU is a lot like us," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "They have taken on some really good teams including a series with Nebraska over the weekend and are probably looking at tomorrow's game as a chance to play well and get their feet underneath them. It should be a good matchup. Hopefully, Marc Damon will give us another good start. I like the way our starting pitching has developed as of late."

After dropping decisions to UCLA and Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday, Brandon Orr and Jake Liedka gave the Islanders solid starts on Sunday in a doubleheader with Mississippi State. Orr earned his first win of the season as he tossed seven strong innings against the Bulldogs. He struck out four and allowed just three runs. In the second game, Liedka fanned eight batters against MSU which is the most this season by an Islander pitcher. The lefty scattered seven hits and permitted just two runs before TAMUCC lost in extra innings.

Offensively, the Islanders are hitting .314 with Chris Vergne averaging .408 and Omar Garcia at .392. Both are in the top seven in the Southland Conference in hitting. Weston Montgomery's average has climbed to .367 as he has posted a hit in the past 12 games. Trey Hernandez is hitting .340 with six home runs and 26 runs batted in. He is tied for the league lead with six home runs and is first in RBI.

The Islanders return to Southland Conference play this weekend when Nicholls comes to town for a three-game set at Chapman Field. Friday and Saturday's games are at 2 p.m. and Sunday's at 1 p.m.