The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team swept a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader from Houston Baptist, 8-3 and 13-3, to improve to 8-2 on the season. Trey Hernandez hit his first home run of the season in the double dip for the Islanders, who got strong starting pitching performances from Roy Ferdin and Ian Campbell on the day.
In the opener, Campbell surrendered two runs on six hits and one walk over five solid innings, striking out five. Trevor Foss made his first appearance on the mound since suffering an arm injury early in the 2010 season, and struck out two while allowing a run in one inning of work. Trevor Irwin added a scoreless seventh to finish off the game.
Offensively, Hernandez was the star, drilling an RBI double and a three-run homer for four RBI in the game. The longball was the 40th in his career for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Chris Vergne scored two runs, while Jeramie Marek had two hits and drove in a pair in the game.
The Islanders struck first with Matt Holland hitting a triple and scoring on a groundout by Marek. Then, in the third, Hernandez came to the plate with two on and two out and blasted a three-run homer to left to make it 4-1.
In the fifth, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi plated two unearned runs to push it to 6-1. Vergne reached on an error with one down, then Hernandez drove him home with an RBI double to the left-center gap. Two batters later, Marek sent Hernandez home with a single through the right side.
After HBU plated a solo run in the bottom of the fifth, the Islanders wrapped up their scoring with two in the top of the sixth. Bobby Buckner was hit by a pitch to lead off, then two batters later, Santiago Ruiz laced a double down the left-field line to make it a 7-2 ballgame. After Ruiz moved up on a balk, Vergne scored him on a groundout for the eighth Islander run. The Huskies added a solo run in the sixth to conclude the scoring.
In the second game of the day, Ferdin scattered five hits and allowed just one run in his five innings of work to improve to 2-0 on the season, while Adam Hoelscher, Roland Botello and Michael Boyle each tossed scoreless innings in relief. Jacob Perales scored three runs and drove in two, while Holland, Omar Garcia and Vergne each posted a pair of RBI.
The Islanders jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead with five runs in the top of the first. A walk and an error put two on and one out, and Holland ripped a single through the left side to make it 1-0. After a walk loaded the bases and a wild pitch scored Hernandez for a 2-0 lead, Vergne singled home Holland for a 3-0 advantage. Vergne followed by stealing second, and Omar Garcia singled him home along with Perales for a five-run edge in the visitor's column.
The Huskies scraped a run in the bottom of the third, but the Islanders struck back with three runs in the top of the fifth. With two down and Sean Washington at second, Holland again shot a ball through the left side to make it 6-1. After a Holland steal and a Perales walk, Vergne blasted a ball to left to score Holland and push the advantage to 7-1. Perales then scored the eighth run of the game on a wild pitch for a seven-run edge.
HBU was able to plate two in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-3, but the Islanders responded in the top of the seventh. Hernandez and Justin Meza walked, and then Perales drove his classmate home on an RBI single through the left side. After a passed ball put two runners in scoring position, Logan Nottebrok drove home Meza on an error by the shortstop to make it 10-3. Perales scored on another error for an eight-run Islanders lead. The Islanders added an unearned run in the eighth and Dan Sciantarelli added a sac fly in the ninth to result in the final score.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will return to action this weekend with the beginning of conference play, as preseason conference favorite Texas State will visit the Coastal Bend for a three-game set. The two squads will open on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Whataburger Field, with Saturday's game set for 2 p.m. on campus at Chapman Field. The series will conclude Sunday at 1 p.m. at Whataburger Field.