FIVE-RUN FIFTH PROVES COSTLY FOR ISLANDERS
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team gave up five runs in the top of the fifth and never recovered falling 9-1 to Sam Houston State on Thursday at Chapman Field.
With the loss, the Islanders moved to 19-33-1 on the season and 9-21-1 in the Southland Conference. The Bearkats snapped an 11-game slide with the win and moved to 18-35 on the year and 10-21 in the league.
"We were outplayed today," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "We went up against a really good arm that will probably be drafted over the summer. That being said we have got to do a better job at the plate. We didn't come up with the timely hit when we needed it. We had two Es and they didn't."
Leading 2-0 after scoring single runs in the second and fourth frames, the Bearkats broke open the game with five runs in the top of the fifth on six hits. Three of the hits didn't get out of the infield.
The inning began with Payton Wisener leading off the inning with his second of three bunt singles and then stealing second. He scored on an RBI single by Braeden Riley down the line in right. Riley scored an unearned run on an infield single by Chris Andreas, who extended his hitting streak to 24 games, ending Adam Hoelscher's start. Andreas plated later on an RBI double by Mark Hudson. After Taylor Davis scored on a single to short by Tyler Fiebrich, Hudson crossed the plate on a passed ball by Roman Madrid.
After SHSU pushed the lead to 8-0 nothing in the top of the sixth inning, the Islanders tallied a run in the sixth off Dallas Gallant. With two away, Trey Hernandez tripled to center for the team's single-season record 22nd of the season. He scored on a single by Jeramie Marek.
Wiesner led off the eighth with a bunt single and scored the final run in the top of the eighth. He scored on a two-out hit by Davis to right-center field.
A&M-Corpus Christi threatened in the eighth. After a lead-off single by Bobby Buckner, Hernandez reached on a fielder's choice. The Islanders loaded the bases with back-to-back singles with two outs. Gallant ended the threat by striking out Jacob Perales for the tenth strikeout of the game for Gallant.
Hoelscher suffered the loss for the Islanders dropping to 2-3 on the year. He allowed five runs with three earned on six hits. He walked three and struck out two.
Four other A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders followed. Brett Gibson allowed a two runs with one earned on three hits, while Alex Silva permitted a run on three hits in two innings of work. After Roy Ferdin was tagged for a run on four hits, Marc Damon fanned the side in the top of the ninth to end the game.
Gallant moved to 3-8 on the year as he scattered eight hits. He fanned 10 hitters and walked just two. After allowing a lead-off double to in the first to Caleb Marx, Gallant allowed just one other hitter into scoring position until the eighth.
Hernandez led the Islanders with three hits while Marek added two. SHSU finished with 16 hits as Davis and Fiebrich joined Wisener with three hits apiece.
The teams continue their series on Friday at 2 p.m. The finale is Saturday at 1 p.m.