The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team heads to Austin Tuesday for a two-game set with No. 6-ranked Texas at UFCU Disch-Falk Stadium. The teams will play a single game on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Longhorns with the first pitch at 6 p.m. each day.
The Islanders enter the series with a 12-16 mark on the year, while Texas is 21-7. The Islanders trail the series 12-1.
"Year in and year out, Texas is one of the top teams in the country," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "We have to go out there and put together a solid 18 innings. No matter who are opponent is we need to perform well to get things turned around."
The Islanders will be looking using a pair of hurlers making their first starts of the season. Junior lefty Chris Pena will start the opening game, while freshman Roman Madrid will be making his first collegiate start. Pena will be making his 16th appearance of the season and has tossed 11.1 innings a game. Madrid earned his first save over the weekend has seven appearances on the year. He has a 3.60 ERA while limiting opposing hitters to a .200.
"We are giving two guys a chance to start and want to see how they respond," said Malone. "We are wanting to see what we can do to change our momentum."
Texas enters the weekend with one of the top two ERAs in the nation according to the most recent NCAA rankings. The team had a 2.77 ERA which was second to UCLA, who TAMUCC faced earlier this season. The 'Horns will start lefty Sam Stafford on Tuesday. Stafford has a 1.29 ERA with no decisions. They have not named a Wednesday hurler.
After the midweek set, the Islanders return home host Lamar in a three-game series at Whataburger Field starting on Friday.