The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team hosted the third annual Navy and Gray alumni game Saturday at Chapman Field. In addition to the game, the day was also a welcome back for all to the Island University for all the former players.
The day began with a catered lunch while sharing stories with current Islanders. After lunch, the alumni took a tour of the state-of-the-art Island Hall facility, which included showing off the new locker room with the major league baseball style lockers.
From 12:30-1:30 p.m., the alumni got an opportunity to relive some past glory and shake the rust off with a round of batting practice before the game.
Handling the ceremonial first pitch was Norma Wall whose son, alumnus Chris Wall, is serving in Afghanistan. Chris's dad Robert served as the home plate umpire for the contest.
Navy jumped out of the gate early and had the lead 5-1 for most of the game behind David Williams multi-hit and RBI performance. Gray was able to keep the deficit at four until erupting for five runs in the last couple of innings to take a 6-5 lead.
The Gray brought in Jacob Perez to get the last three outs to preserve the 6-5 victory.
"It was neat for our active players to see the renewed spirit from the alums," said head coach Scott Malone. "Allowing our alumni to see the growth of the baseball program, athletic department and university as a whole was great this weekend.
"This was a great reminder of where the program has been and for continued excitement that the future holds for Islanders baseball." added Malone.