A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI POUNDS BRONCS 17-2
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Adam Hoelscher tossed four scoreless, no-hit innings before leaving and Jacob Perales recorded the first cycle by an Islanders since the 2005 season as the offense erupted for 12 runs in the first four innings en route to a 17-2 win over Texas-Pan American at Chapman Field on Tuesday.
With the win, the Islanders moved to within a win of their season total of 18 wins a year ago and have now won four of their last five outings. UTPA falls to 14-22 as the Islanders even the all-time series record at 27 apiece. It is the longest series in school history. In two meetings, the Islanders outscored UTPA 34-3.
The Islanders wasted little time getting on the board. They took advantage of five walks by Kyle Kotchie (2-4) and an error by Iradier Hernandez, plus an infield by Marc Damon to score four runs. Kotchie lasted a third of an inning allowing four runs on a hit and five walks.
After Trey Hernandez scored an unearned run in the second, A&M-Corpus Christi crossed the plate three times in the third and four times in the fourth. With one away, Perales belted a line drive over the fence in right-center for his third home run of the season. With two gone, three straight doubles by Caleb Marx, Omar Garcia, and Trey Hernandez led to the other two runs.
In the fourth, the Islanders scored four runs on five hits including three triples. Jeramie Marek started the three-bag parade, followed by Perales and Garcia. The Islanders finished with five triples in the game setting a new school record.
A&M-Corpus Christi scored its final five runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Jake Olier lined a two-run triple in the sixth for both runs. Matt Holland's triple in the eighth led to two of the frame's three runs.
On the mound, Hoelscher earned his second win of the season. The freshman walked six batters but allowed no hits in four innings of scoreless work. Five relievers followed pitching one inning apiece. Jake Liedka allowed a run on two hits in the fifth, while Brett Gibson and Trenton Irwin tossed scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh.
After Philip Garcia permitted a solo home run to Angel Ibanez in the eighth, Alex Silva tossed a perfect ninth striking out two. The Islanders finished with 10 Ks on the day.
Perales finished with four of the team's 16 hits and a walk. He walked in the first, homered in the third, tripled and scored on a throwing error in the fourth, singled in the sixth and doubled in the eighth. Perales drove in four runs and scored three. Garcia, Hernandez, and Damon had two hits apiece.
Ryan Vest led UTPA with two hits.
The Islanders head to Houston on Wednesday for their final mid-week game of the season to face Texas Southern at MacGregor Park. The game is slated for a 3 p.m. start. A&M-Corpus Christi returns to Southland Conference play on Friday as UT Arlington comes to town for a three-game series at Chapman Field. Friday and Saturday's game are both are at 2 p.m. Sunday's finale is at 1 p.m.