ISLANDERS HEAD TO LUBBOCK FOR PAIR OF MIDWEEK GAMES
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team steps out of Southland Conference play on Tuesday and Wednesday as it heads to West Texas to take on Texas Tech for a two-game series in Lubbock.
The Islanders will be looking to continue the momentum they began this past weekend when they took 2-of-3 games from Nicholls at Chapman Field. With the series win, the Islanders moved to 3-3 in the Southland Conference and are now 10-9 overall.
The Red Raiders enter the series with a 9-12 mark and are currently 1-2 in the Big 12. They snapped a seven-game losing streak on Sunday with a 13-7 win over No. 23 Texas A&M. In all, seven of the Red Raiders losses have to teams ranked in the national polls.
Last season, the teams played twice in a series at Whataburger Field. The Islanders won both games. They won the first game 7-5 and the second game 6-2. It was the team's first wins in the series after losing the first nine meetings.
"The trip is a great opportunity for our players to go on the road and play a big-time program - especially one from the Big 12 like Texas Tech," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "It is a chance for us to go compete against a team from one of the premier leagues in the country.
"I'd like to think we match up well with them and last year we got two wins. We need to show up, play hard and play with the confidence that we can win."
The Islanders enter with the Southland's second-best offense with a .314 team average. The team possesses the top two hitters in the league. Chris Vergne leads the league with a .431 average, while Weston Montgomery is second at .395 despite having his 15-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday. After 33 RBI as a sophomore, Trey Hernandez has 30 in 19 games this season and is now third in career runs batted in with 119. Hernandez had 56 as a freshman.
On the mound, the Islanders will send Roy Ferdin to the rubber in the opener. The lefty is slated to throw two innings as part of a staff outing. Marc Damon will make his fifth start of the season in the Wednesday game and enters with a 1-1 mark.
The Red Raiders enter with a .294 mark on offense. They have seven regulars averaging between .320 and .280 at the plate. Michael Reed has the top average at .320 and shares the lead with 21 runs scored. Scott LeJeune leads the team with 24 RBI, while Barrett Barnes has 23.
Brandon Petite will start the Tuesday game with Louis Head getting the nod for Wednesday. Petite is 1-0 on the year with a 13.50 ERA in eight innings. Head is 1-1 with an 11.05 ERA.