LAKE CHARLES, La. - After being dealt a pair of heart-breaking losses by McNeese State in the first two games of the series, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team suffered a 12-2 loss in seven innings in the finale on Sunday at Cowboy Diamond
With the loss, A&M-Corpus Christi drops to 3-6 in the Southland Conference and is now 10-13 overall. Since entering last Sunday's game with a chance to sweep the season series with Nicholls, the Islanders have lost six straight. McNeese has won six in a row to move to 5-4 in the league and is 11-11 overall.
The Cowboys took the lead with singles runs in the first and second innings. Blake Ellender singled to start the bottom of the first. He advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third on a ground ball to the left side of the infield. Ellender scored an unearned run on a grounder to first.
Brandon Orr gave up another run in the second as he hit the first two batters - Lee Orr and Bryn Thompson. Both moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Venable. Lee Orr scored on a single to left-center field by Matt Fontenot.
The Cowboys chased Brandon Orr from the game with three runs in the third. Steven Irvine drove in Jace Peterson as they hit back-to-back singles. Lee Orr reached on a fielder's choice driving in Irvine and scored on a double by Bryn Thompson.
Trey Hernandez belted a two-run home run to right off McNeese State starter Zach Butler in the top of the fourth. The home run was the ninth of the season for the junior. McNeese responded with a second three-run inning this time off reliever Jake Liedka. With one away, the Cowboys put together four straight hits and took advantage of a bad throw by Bobby Buckner.
The Cowboys ended the game with four runs in the seventh.
The Islanders return to Corpus Christi for its next four games. They host Texas-Pan American on Tuesday at 2 p.m. UTSA comes to town for a Southland Conference series beginning Thursday. The first two games will be at Whataburger Field at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Saturday's finale will be at Chapman Field at 2 p.m.