April 29, 2010

ISLANDERS RACE PAST TEXAS SOUTHERN 20-3

HOUSTON - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team pounded out 20 runs on 20 hits including five home runs as they handed Texas Southern a 20-3 defeat in seven innings in their final midweek game of the season.

"We really played well in all facets," said Islander head coach Scott Malone, whose team improves to 18-24. "We pitched well, were offensive at the plate, and were solid defensively."

Trey Hernandez led the home run parade with two and had four RBI. He now has 36 long balls in his two-pus seasons breaking the career mark of 35 set by Humberto Aguilar. Hernandez now has a career-high 14 home runs with 53 RBI.

Jacob Perales, Bobby Buckner and Omar Garcia each went deep as the Islanders matched their win total of a season ago with 18.Perales and Buckner each have four bombs on the season, while Garcia now has one.

"Trey has been consistent all year and continues to give us great at bats as the season progresses," said Malone, whose team reached the 20-run plateau for the first time since the 2007 when they scored 24 against Grambling State. "It is good to see a veteran like Jacob coming around at the plate and getting hot."

A&M-Corpus Christi scored in six of seven innings, had multiple runs in all but two and had 10 after three innings. The Islanders have now scored 37 runs in their last 16 innings.

Garcia finished 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs driven in, while Perales was 3-for-5 at the plate with five RBI. The junior, who hit for the cycle on Tuesday, was a triple short of a repeat performance on Wednesday. Matt Holland and Caleb Marx each added three hits to go with three RBI and two runs batted in, respectively.

The Islanders also received solid pitching allowing three runs on eight hits. Five Islander hurlers did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Chris Pena earned the win on a staff day. Pena allowed a run on three hits with a strikeout.

Brandon Orr and Ian Campbell each tossed an inning of shutout baseball with a strikeout apiece. Roman Madrid and Marc Damon tossed the final two frames. Madrid allowed a run on one hit, while fanning one. Damon whiffed two with a run on two hits.

The Islanders return to Southland Conference action this weekend with a three-game series with UT Arlington at Chapman Field. Friday and Saturday's games are at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

"It is nice to see us playing the best we have as we head into the final month," said Malone.