ISLANDERS FALL VICTIM TO 'HORNS IN SERIES OPENER
AUSTIN - A solo home run by Trey Hernandez in the top of the third tied the game at two for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team, but No. 6-ranked Texas outscored the Islanders 14-1 the rest of the way in the first of two games at UFCU Disch Falk Field. The finale will be Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The Islanders (12-17) opened the game with a run in the top of the first inning. With two away, Hernandez reached on the first of two errors on Kevin Lusson at third. Omar Garcia drove in Hernandez with a single and Marc Damon advanced to third. The Islanders had the chance to add more but Jeramie Marek struck out looking to end the third.
After Texas (22-7) scored twice in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead, Hernandez tied the game with a home run down the line in left field.
UT took the lead for good with three runs off Islander starter Roman Madrid in the bottom of the third. After Tant Shepherd hit a one-out solo home run to left, Cameron Rupp doubled and scored from third on a wild pitch after a Kevin Keyes' single. Keyes crossed the plate for the final run in the frame on a single by Russell Moldenhauer.
"Roman's stuff was O.K.," said Malone. "I haven't seen a gun, but I am sure he was throwing 90-92. I think Texas will tell you he had good stuff. The problem is his best fastballs were up and his sliders were in the dirt.
"We need more consistency from all of our pitchers. We need to do a better job of pitching downhill. Texas did a good job of that."
After tallying single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 7-2 lead, the 'Horns scored nine times in the sixth and seventh stanzas to break open the game.
In the sixth, Rupp, who was 3-for-4 with four RBI, hit a three-run home run off Weston Montgomery. Connor Rowe added a two-run triple later in the inning to make it 12-2.
The Islanders threatened in the seventh. With one away, Matt Holland reached on a pinch-hit single and moved to third on a hit by Cory Ege. Holland scored on a single by Caleb Marx off Josh Urban. Hernandez then drew a one-out walk to load the base, but Urban sent Marc Damon and Garcia down on strikes to end the threat.
In the bottom of the seventh, UT plated four unearned outs with two away in the inning. Lusson had the big hit in the inning with a three-run home run off Brett Gibson.
Kendal Carrillo pitched 1-2/3 of perfect baseball to get the win.
A&M-Corpus finished with seven hits led by Marx with two. Texas had 17 as a team. Aside from Rupp's three, six Longhorns collected two hits apiece.
"Texas has athletes at every position and took away several hits," said Malone. "We had some plays we should've made that we didn't on pop flies. It's not physical its mental."