ISLANDERS FALL TO RED RAIDERS IN SERIES OPENER
LUBBOCK - Matt Holland went 4-for-4 with two home runs on Tuesday night, but the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team couldn't overcome a pair of four run innings by Texas Tech falling 9-5 on Tuesday.
The teams will square off again on Wednesday at noon. The Islanders are now 10-10 on the season, while Texas Tech moves to 10-12.
Holland powered the Islanders to an early 2-1 lead. He belted a solo home run to lead off the second. After Stephen Hagen doubled and scored in the third, Holland pushed the Islanders back in the front with a solo home run to left center in the fourth.
Tech took its first lead of the game, 5-2, in the bottom of the fifth with four runs. Jeremy Mayo and Hagen each belted solo home runs. Joey Kenworthy singled and drove in Jamodrick McGruder before scoring from first on a triple by Michael Reed. The two home runs came off freshman Alex Silva, who was credited with the loss in his Islander debut, and with the final two runs off Andrew Longoria.
The Islanders pulled to within 5-4 with two runs in the sixth. Weston Montgomery led off the inning with a walk and went to second as Trey Hernandez drew a one-out walk. Holland drove in his third run with a single up the middle. Caleb Marx picked up an RBI with a single as Hernandez crossed the plate.
The score remained 5-4 until the Red Raiders scored four times in the bottom of the eighth. After Kenworthy tallied on a wild pitch, Taylor Ashby hit a three-run home run to left-center field off Phillip Garcia with two outs.
In the ninth, the Islanders tried to rally. Marx walked to start the inning and scored as Cory Ege drew a bases loaded walk. John Neely would get the Islanders top hitter Chris Vergne to hit into a game-ending double play.
Tech starter Brandon Petite earned his second win of the season as he allowed three runs on two hits and three walks. He struckout seven.
Holland was the lone Islander with multiple hits finishing with a career-high four. He joined Hernandez and Vergne as Islanders to homer twice in a game this season. Four Red Raiders had two hits apiece as the team recorded 12.