March 30, 2010

ISLANDERS HEAD HOME FOR FOUR STRAIGHT BEGINNING WITH UTPA

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team returns home for four straight games beginning with Tuesday's meeting with long-time rival Texas-Pan American at Chapman Field. The game is set for a 2 p.m. start.

The game will be broadcast live on www.goislanders.com.

The Islanders will be hoping the return home will give them the momentum need to stop a six-game losing streak. They have fallen to 10-14 during the streak and are now 3-6 in the Southland Conference. The slide began against Nicholls when the Islanders lost game three looking to sweep the series. UTPA enters the game with a 9-7 record after dropping a two-game set with Houston Baptist over the weekend.

The meeting is the 53rd between the former independent rivals with a second meeting in Edinburg slated for later in April. UTPA leads the all-time series 27-25.

"UTPA has been playing really well," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "It is a rivalry game for us and that makes the game really important to us. We want to go out and get the win and defend our home turf."

Ian Campbell will make the start for the Islanders on the mound. The junior is 2-3 on the season and he will be making his fourth start of the season. The right-hander has recorded 21 strikeouts in 23-2/3 innings.

"We need Ian Campbell to go out and give us a good start," said Malone. "The momentum started to go the wrong way last week. We need him to come out and help us get things turned around.

Troy Green, a transfer from Temple Junior College, will be making his first start of the season. The lefty is 1-1 in nine appearances over 17-1/3 innings. He has held opposing hitters to a .227 average at the plate.

The Islanders will host UTSA later this week in a three-game series. The first two games will be at Whataburger Field on Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. The finale will be on campus at Chapman Field at 2 p.m.