ISLANDERS GET BITTEN BY HUSKIES IN MIDWEEK TILT
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team went in to Wednesday's midweek looking to continue the momentum it began in Sunday's doubleheader with Mississippi State, but were unable to overcome 18 hits by Houston Baptist as the Islanders fell 10-5 at Chapman Field.
The Islanders (8-8) return to Southland Conference play this weekend as they host Nicholls. Friday and Saturday's games are slated for a 2 p.m. first pitch with Sunday's game to begin at 1 p.m. Houston Baptist moves to 6-9 on the season.
"This was disappointing," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "Houston Baptist was just better at everything today. We were extremely inconsistent on the mound. Someone would look good for two hitters and the next thing you know is they get a big inning. When you're inconsistent on the mound you have to play defense well and we were below average.
"We never want to lose on Chapman Field and we were 3-0 coming in to today. We wanted to build some more momentum for the weekend for a good Nicholls team and we were unable to do that today. We put too much into things as a team to get ready and be prepared for it not to bother us if we didn't perform well."
The Huskies struck first scoring four runs off Islander starter Marc Damon. After a lead-off hit by Drew Smith, Paul Prestera and Zeke Zikeli loaded the bases with back-to-back bunt singles. Jonathon Moore followed with his first of two, two-run singles. A Cory Ege error allowed the third run to score, while Moore scored on a ground ball.
The Islanders answered right back with three runs in the bottom of the third. Jeremy Pinder led off the inning with a walk and was safe at second on a HBU error as Omar Garcia reached on a fielder's choice. Weston Montgomery drove in the Islanders' first run with a single. After Garcia crossed the plate when Trey Hernandez hit into a bases loaded double play, Ege doubled to drive in Montgomery to make it 4-3.
The Islanders rallied with two outs in the fourth to tie the game at four. Garcia, who reached on a fielder's choice, went to second on a single by Montgomery and scored on Vergne's hit through the left side.
HBU regained the lead in the top of the fifth on a two-run home run by Robbie Buller off Ian Campbell (1-3). After a giving up a triple to Beau Warren after the home run, Campbell struckout the next three batters to keep the Islanders within a pair of runs at 6-4.
The Islanders could not capitalize in the bottom of the inning against HBU's Dalton Schafer (2-2). Schafer allowed 11 hits and walked four, but was credited with just one earned run out of four total in eight innings.
The Huskies seized control with three runs in the sixth to take a 9-4 lead and tacked on a single run in the seventh.
Vergne led off the ninth with double off reliever Jamie Storey and scored on a wild pitch.
The Islanders finished with 12 hits on the day. Montgomery finished 4-for-5 and increased his hitting streak to 14 games. Vergne added three hits and Matt Holland two. Moore led the Huskies with four hits, four RBI and three runs scored, while Buller added three hits and three RBI.