ISLANDERS START ROAD TRIP WITH MID-WEEK GAME WITH RICE

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team opens a six-game road trip with visit to Reckling Park to take on the Rice Owls in a single game at 6:00 p.m.

The Islanders enter the contest with a 13-20 record, while Rice is 19-14 overall. It is the second meeting between the two sides this season with Rice winning on the final day of the Rice Invitational 7-2.

"It is always a challenge when you face Rice," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "They are one of the state's best teams year after year. They have one of the most successful programs in the nation."

A&M-Corpus Christi will send Roy Ferdin to the mound. Ferdin is tied for second on the season with two wins. The lefty however has struggled in recent starts. After making eight straight starts to begin the season, Wednesday's start will be his first after three relief appearances.

"We are starting Roy and hoping he can get back out on the mound and give us some competitive innings," said Malone. "If he does well in the first couple innings, we'll take him out so he start Sunday at Stephen F. Austin. We are looking for him to get back to the consistent Roy we are used to."

The Islanders will also be looking to regain their form at the plate prior to this weekend's trip to Stephen F. Austin. The Islanders went down on strikes 14 times Sunday which is the second most this season. While still among the league leaders with a .306 average as a team, the Islanders' have dropped 10 points at the plate in the last eight games.

Caleb Marx has been the hottest Islander as of late and is hitting .418 on the season. Since moving into the starting lineup 14 games ago, he has reached safely in each game and has a six-game hitting streak. Matt Holland has also been hot hitting .485 the last 12 games including seven starts.

"It will be a challenge offensively," said Malone. "Rice has a lot of talented arms. To be productive against them and gives ourselves a chance, we will need to be disciplined and consistent in our approach."