NINTH INNING RALLY FALLS SHORT FOR ISLANDERS IN 6-2 LOSS
AUSTIN - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders went into the ninth in danger of their first shutout of 2010 but rallied for a pair of runs and threatened for more before falling 6-2 to No.-6 ranked Texas at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Wednesday.
Down 6-0 with one out, Matt Holland singled off Stayton Thomas and went to second as Bobby Buckner drew a two-out walk. Jeramie Marek and Weston Montgomery followed with back-to-back singles to drive in a pair of runs. With runners on the corner, Omar Garcia went down on strikes in his lone plate appearance.
"On a whole, I think we played a lot better tonight," said Islander head coach Scott Malone, whose team falls to 12-18 on the season. "In the end, we didn't play well enough to beat the No.-6 team in the country. It comes to doing the little things well and at this point in the season you don't want to have to worry about the little things.
Texas (23-7) took advantage of an error by Cory Ege in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Kevin Keyes led off the inning with a grounder to short that was straight at Ege. The junior was unable to get the ball in the glove. Keyes moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Walsh and stole third. The right fielder scored on ground out by Kevin Lusson.
In the third, Cohl Walla hit a solo home run with one out off of Chris Pena. It was his third home run of the season for Walla.
Making his first start as an Islander, Pena was solid in four innings of work. He gave up two runs with one earned on two hits.
UT pushed its lead to 3-0 by manufacturing a run off Alex Silva. Lusson singled to right to start the inning, went to second on a sacrifice and to third on a wild pitch. Lusson scored on a bunt down the first base line.
Texas took advantage of a second Islander error in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-0 with a pair of two out runs. With two away, Matt Holland appeared to bring in a line drive to right by Connor Rowe but dropped it for a three base error. Rowe scored on a single by Walla off Adam Hoelscher.
Meanwhile, Texas pitching scattered six Islander hits in the first eight innings. A&M-Corpus Christi was able to get just two runners to second base until the ninth. Prior to the final inning the best scoring opportunity was in the second when Holland singled to start the inning but was thrown out stealing second. Marx followed with a double to the wall in right that may have driven in Holland.
Kendall Carrillo earned the win tossing two innings of scoreless relief of starter Austin Discharry. The win was his second on the season and second in as many games. In all four Longhorns combined to allow two runs in in nine innings with eight strikeouts including five looking.
Marx finished the game with three hits for A&M-Corpus Christi, while Holland added two. Both are now hitting .400-or-better for the Islanders. Texas had 10 hits with four players recording two apiece.
The Islanders return home to host Lamar this weekend at Whataburger Field. Friday's game is 6:30 p.m., Saturday is at 2 p.m. and the finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.