ISLANDERS STRIKE FIRST, BUT FALL 11-1

NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team took a 1-run lead in the top of the first inning, but didn't score again dropping an 11-1 decision in seven innings to Northwestern State on Saturday at Brown-Stroud Field.

With the loss the Islanders drop to 19-30-1 overall and 9-19-1 in the Southland. The Demons improve to 31-19 and 16-10.

The Islanders struck first with a single run in the top of the first. Caleb Marx and Matt Holland opened the game with back-to-back singles. Marx scored from third as Hernandez hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

They loaded the bases in the second inning off Ryan Zimmerman. Cory Ege led off the inning with a walk and went to second on a single by Chris Vergne with one away. With two outs, Roman Madrid loaded the bases as he reached on an infield single. Zimmerman ended the inning with his first of 10 strikeouts.

The score remained 1-0 until Northwestern State took control with three straight innings of multiple runs.

In the third, the Demons crossed the plate four times with three runs scoring after close play at first that was overturned in favor of the hosts. Jake Liedka began the inning by hitting Aaron Munoz, who went to third on a double by Josh Gardiner.

Eric DeBlanc, who extended his hitting streak to a school-record 23 games in the first, then appeared to ground out to short with Munoz scoring. After DeBlanc was called out by first base umpire Melvin Caldwell, NSU manager J.P. Davis came out and argued. Home plate umpire Darrel McWayne overturned the call ruling Trey Hernandez was pulled off the bag by the throw. While Munoz scored to tie the game either way on the play, the Demons would score three more runs in the inning including a two-run single by Chase Lyles.

The Demons scored their next five runs with two outs in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the fourth, Munoz drew a two-out walk and scored on a triple by Gardner off Liedka. Trevor Geist made the score 9-1 with a three-run home run off Chris Pena, who had retired the first two batters he faced before a double and walk.

The game ended in the seventh with the 10-run rule as Lyles reached on an error and scored on triple by Tyler Baisley. Baisley made the score 11-1 as he scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Martinez.

Zimmerman earned the win moving to 5-4 as he allowed one run on five hits. He fanned 10 and allowed just one hit after the second inning. Liedka fell to 3-3 as he allowed six runs with five earned on seven hits.

Holland led the Islanders with two hits, while Baisley had three of Northwestern's 10.

The series finale is slated for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.