The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander baseball team will look to build on a strong finish to its series with Stephen F. Austin when they travel to the Rio Grande Valley to face Texas-Pan American at the Edinburg Baseball Stadium on Tuesday. Originally scheduled as a single game at night, the two teams will now play a doubleheader as they due to prior games postponed by poor weather. The first game will start at 3 p.m.
The Islanders enter the series with a 14-23 mark overall including a 17-1 win earlier this season at Chapman Field in the 53rd meeting between the two teams. UTPA is 12-20 overall. The Islanders trail the all-time series 27-26 and have played the Broncs more than any other team.
"This is a rivalry game for us," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "Whenever we play the Broncs, the players always want to play well for bragging rights.
"UTPA has fared well at home with wins over Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame and Iowa. We will have to play well to beat them on the road."
The Islanders gained some momentum this past weekend at SFA. After dropping a pair of tough 4-3 decisions, A&M-Corpus Christi finished the series with a 6-3 win in the finale. The key to the weekend was solid pitching capped by an eight-inning gem by Brandon Orr. The senior allowed four hits in eight innings of work - none after the second inning.
Chris Pena and Marc Damon will start against the Broncs. Pena is 0-3 and will be making his third start. He allowed one run in four innings of work over the weekend. Damon is 2-2 on the year and will be making his sixth start. He tossed two innings of 1-hit baseball in the first meeting with four strikeouts and a run.
"We pitched as well as we have all year this past weekend and are looking to continue that," said Malone. "I am looking forward to seeing another start from Chris. He has really been pitching well as of late. Marc has as much ability as anyone to throw on the team and I am anxious to see him have a good start."
Fans can catch all the action on www.goislanders.com with live stats and audio. Mike Vamosi will provide the play-by-play.