February 20, 2011

5-6-7 Hitters Erupt in 12-2 Victory

CORPUS CHRISTI -

The five, six and seven hitters combined to go 9-for-10 and drive in all 12 runs in a 12-2 win (seven innings) for the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team (4-0) over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday. Chris Vergne and Jumpy Garcia each hit their first home runs of the season for the Islanders, who finished off the weekend sweep of the Delta Devils (0-4).

In addition to Vergne and Garcia, Jacob Perales had a 3-for-3 day with four runs and three RBI in the win. Garcia drove in a career-high five men in the contest, while Vergne knocked in four. Vergne finished the opening weekend 8-for-11 with eight runs and five RBI, while Perales went 6-for-7 with seven RBI and seven runs.

Roy Ferdin surrendered just one run on four hits in five innings of work to pick up the win for the Islanders. The Islanders' pitching, much maligned a season ago, allowed the Delta Devils just nine runs in four games in posting a 2.10 ERA on the weekend.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi got on the board in the second on Garcia's first career hit in an Islanders uniform. Perales and Vergne drew consecutive walks with one away, and Garcia jumped all over a 2-0 pitch and sent a towering flyball over the wall in right for a three-run homer to make it 3-0.

In the third, the same trio got things going again after Trey Hernandez walked and Matt Holland was hit by a pitch. Perales then ripped an RBI single to left to push the lead to 4-0, and Vergne hit a one-hop, ground-rule double to drive in another run. Garcia then delivered his second hit and fourth RBI by drilling a ball into left field to score Perales, but Vergne was gunned down at home to end the inning with the Islanders up 6-0.

MVSU got a run without hitting a ball out of the infield on a pair singles and a squeeze bunt in the top of the fifth, but the home squad put another crooked number on the board with two in the bottom of the frame. Hernandez drew a leadoff walk, and two batters later Perales sent a single up the middle. Vergne followed by rolling an RBI base knock through the left side, and Garcia knocked in his fifth run with a frozen rope to left to push the advantage to 8-1.

After the Delta Devils plated another run in the sixth, the Islanders put the game away with four in the bottom of the inning. Jeramie Marek was hit by a pitch with one down, and Holland delivered a hustle double to left center two batters later. Perales then delivered a two-run single through the left side for his third hit of the game, and Vergne ripped a ball over the scoreboard in right center to push the advantage to 12-2.

With the run rule now in play, Philip Garcia came on to slam the door. The junior caught his first batter looking, then got a soft grounder for out number two. Garcia then finished off the game in style, getting Ricky Hefflinger to wave through strike three to end the contest.

The Islanders are back in action on Tuesday, as they travel to Austin for a matchup with No. 7 Texas. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Disch-Falk Stadium, and live audio will be available on GoIslanders.com.