For the second time in three seasons, the series finale between the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Central Arkansas baseball teams finished in a tie due to time constraints. On Sunday, the teams tied 8-8 at Bears Stadium.
The Islanders, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead after 4-1/2 innings, tied the game at eight in the top of the ninth. Jake Olier led off the inning with a single. After going to second on a grounder, pinch runner Jeremy Pinder went to third on a wild pitch. Pinder scored on a sacrifice fly by Trey Hernandez to tie the game.
With the tie, the Islanders record moves to 19-28-1 overall and 9-17-1 in the Southland Conference. The Bears are now 15-31-1 on the year and 6-20-1 in the league. The teams tied 11-11 at Chapman Field in 2008 and is the third tie all time in school history.
Chris Vergne drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single knocking in Omar Garcia. Garcia had reached on a one-out single.
The Islanders offense seemingly broke the game open with three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings.
In the fourth, Vergne drove in Garcia again for the second run of the game. Vergne scored with Jacob Perales on a two-run single to left by Buckner for a 4-0 Islander lead. In the fifth, Garcia lined a two-out single to left plating Cory Ege. Perales followed with his career-high seventh home run of the season to left-center field. The home run was Perales' fifth in the last seven games.
The Bears rallied though and scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth off Roy Ferdin. Michael Pair and Zack Dickson had back-to-back RBI base hits. The final run scored as Tye Throneberry drew a bases loaded walk.
Ferdin, who started in place of Adam Hoelscher after he tossed in relief on Saturday, allowed three runs on eight hits.
UCA took the lead in the bottom of the seventh with five runs. The Bears began the inning with three straight singles off reliever Phillip Garcia. The last by Throneberry made it a 7-4 game. After an error by Ege loaded the bases for the Bears, Jeff Fuller then greeted Jake Liedka with a grand slam home run to push Central Arkansas into the lead, 8-7.
The Islanders finished the game with 11 hits. Garcia and Perales each had three hits, while Vergne added two. Pair posted four hits and Dickson three for UCA which had 16 in the game.
A&M-Corpus Christi is off until heading to Natchitoches, La. next weekend for a three-game series.