April 26, 2010

ISLANDERS PLAY HOST TO UTPA FOR SECOND TIME

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team will play the first of two mid-week games on Tuesday as it welcomes Texas-Pan American to Chapman Field for the second time this season. The game is slated for a 2 p.m. start.

The Islanders enter the weekend winners of three of their last four games as they improved to 16-24 overall. Two of the wins came over Southeastern Louisiana, which was ranked as high as 20th entering the weekend. It was the first time since the 2005 season that they defeated a ranked team and first time doing it in back-to-back games.

UTPA enters the game 14-21 after winning two on the road at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The meeting is the second between the sides this season and is the 54th all-time making it the longest series in school history. With a 17-1 win in the first meeting earlier this season, the Islanders moved to within a game of tying the series at 27 wins apiece.

"Anytime we play UTPA it is big," said Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head coach Scott Malone. "They are the closest Division I school to us and we recruit a lot of the same area.

"Also, we feel like we have been playing better baseball the past two weeks and we want to continue that success."

A&M-Corpus Christi will send Adam Hoelscher for his third career start. The lefty leads the team with a 3.98 ERA. He is 1-0 with 22 strikeouts in 31-2/3 innings of work. Lefty Kyle Kotchie is slated to start for the Broncs. The sophomore is 2-3 in 33-1/3 innings of work with a 3.78 ERA. He has 36 Ks and 22 walks, while limiting opposing hitters to a sub-.200 average.

"If we are to continue to move forward and play our best baseball this last month we are going to need Adam," said Malone. "We want him to have a good outing and continue to improve because he can really help us."

Cory Ege and Bobby Buckner led the Islanders in the earlier game. Ege finished 4-for-4 with four runs scored, while Buckner was 3-of-6 with four RBI. Caleb Marx and Trey Hernandez each had two RBI.

Six Islander pitchers combined to allow one run on four hits with 11 strikeouts. Ian Campbell earned the win tossing three shutout innings. Marc Damon fanned four in two innings of work.

The game will be broadcast live with audio and video on www.goislanders.com. Live stats will also be available.