CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas A&M - Corpus Christi completed the fourth annual Islanders Fall Classic as the Blue team defeated Green 8-7 to win the series 2-1. Roman Madrid notched his second save of the series to preserve the win in the ninth inning for Blue.
Justin Meza started for the Blue against Ian Campbell for the Green team in the deciding game of the series. Blue was victorious in game one 9-6 with Green winning yesterday 3-1 to even the series.
Both starters got through the first inning without allowing a run before Green broke through with a one-out triple by Sean Washington while Chris Perez singled him home, putting their team up 1-0. Jeremy Marek walked and was followed up by a bloop single from Drew Vest making the score 2-0.
Meza and Weston Montgomery had back-to-back triples, cutting the Green lead to 2-1. Campbell then got out of the jam to keep his team up by one run.
Marek added to the lead for the Green in the third inning with a two-run single, making the score 5-1. Trey Hernandez scored on a Matt Holland sacrifice fly to make the score 5-2 for Green. Both starters put the game in the hands of the bullpen after departing following four innings.
Andrew Longoria came on in relief for Campbell and got himself into trouble with a single, walk and hitting a Blue batter to load the bases. Chris Pena came in and hit the first batter he saw to make the score 6-2 for Green.
After walking in two runs, Pena gave up a two-run single to Chris Vergne which put Blue in front 7-6. Alex Silva came on in relief of Arnold Alaniz in the top of the sixth as Green used a walk and a single against Silva to tie the game at seven.
Blue regained an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on a bases loaded walk. Madrid entered in the ninth and slammed the door shut, striking out the side to preserve the win and series for Blue.
"Everyone played hard until the final out today which is how you want a series like this to end," said head coach Scott Malone. "Roman (Madrid) showed a lot of promise this weekend and striking out the side for the save today was impressive."
"We've still got work to d0, but this was a great series to end the fall for our program."