ISLANDERS LOSE HIGH SCORING FINALE TO ROADRUNNERS 15-10
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pounded out 10 runs on 12 hits but it wasn't enough to over comer 15 runs by UTSA as the Islanders fell 15-10 in the series finale Saturday at Chapman Field.
With the loss, the Islanders fall to 4-8 in Southland Conference action and are 12-16 overall. UTSA, which took 2-of-3 in the series, improves to 3-9 in the league and 12-14 overall.
UTSA jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first and never trailed. Ryan Hutson and Ryan Dalton each had two-run hits in the first off Ian Campbell, who did not make it of the inning for the Islanders. Campbell suffered the loss falling to 3-4 as he permitted four earned runs on three hits in 0-2/3 innings.
The Islanders, who hit into four double plays in the game, had an opportunity to get right back in the game loading the bases with one out in the first. However, Chris Vergne hit into a double play to end the inning.
After the Roadrunners added a run in the second and two in the fourth, the Islanders woke up offensively in the bottom of the fourth. UTSA starter D.D. Towler walked Vergne and Weston Montgomery to start the inning. Omar Garcia loaded the bases with no outs with a single. Bobby Buckner put the Islanders on the board as he blasted a grand slam to right-center field.
UTSA responded with three runs on two outs in the fifth before the Islanders tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to make it 10-6. Trey Hernandez singled to start the inning and, after moving to second on a hit by Jeramie Marek scored on a hit by Vergne. Montgomery walked to load the bases with no outs before Garcia hit into a double play stalling another potential big inning.
The Islanders, who held UTSA scoreless in just one of the first seven innings allowed three runs in the top of the sixth to trail 13-6.
A&M-Corpus Christi pulled back to within three runs in the bottom of the sixth with another four-run outburst this time off Taylor Walton. Matt Holland walked and scored on a Cory Ege double to start the inning. Ege went to third on a single by Hernandez and scored on a sacrifice fly by Marek. The Islanders added a pair of unearned runs as the Roadrunners committed three errors.
In the seventh UTSA capped the game with two more runs with two away. Lance Brown drove in Rummel with a single as Hutson moved to third. Casey Selsor then singled to right plating Hutson for the final run. Eight of UTSA's 13 runs plated with two out in an inning.
Walton earned the win in relief as he scattered five hits over four innings. He gave up four runs with two earned. Kevin Clarke pitched a scoreless ninth.
A&M-Corpus Christi finished with 12 hits in the game. Caleb Marx, Hernandez and Garcia each had a pair of hits in the contest. Hernandez and Vergne each crossed the plate twice.
UTSA finished with 19 hits. Carpenter, Rummel, Brown and Selsor each had three hits. Rummel had a team-best three RBI, while five others had a pair. Daniel Rockett, Hutson and Brown tallied three runs apiece.
The Islanders return to action Tuesday when they head to Texas for the first of two games with powerhouse Longhorns, who are currently ranked seventh.