March 15, 2011

Texas Tech Downs Islanders, 9-7, in Texas Tech Invitational Finale

LUBBOCK - Weston Montgomery

and Trey Hernandez had three hits each, but the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team fell 9-7 to Texas Tech on Tuesday in the final game of the Texas Tech Invitational. Jacob Perales also drove in three runs for the Islanders (12-8), who outhit Texas Tech (12-6) 14-9 in the game.

Bobby Buckner, Perales and Santiago Ruiz each had two hits for the visitors in the loss. Sean Hoelscher struggled in his second start in an Islanders uniform, being tagged with the loss in 1 1/3 innings. The Islanders bullpen combined to surrender four runs over the final 6 2/3 frames. Duke von Schamann was credited with the win after giving up three hits in three shutout innings.

The Red Raiders plated five runs in the first two innings off Hoelscher, with six walks and a two-run double for Barrett Barnes the major causes. Roy Ferdin came on in relief and allowed a solo run in the fourth on an RBI double by Kelby Tomlinson to push the Texas Tech lead to 6-0.

The Islanders rebounded with three in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit in half. Dan Sciantarelli and Buckner hit a pair of singles, and Hernandez followed with an RBI base knock to plate the first Islanders run. With runners at the corners, a pitch got away from the catcher, but Buckner was nabbed at the plate for the second out of the inning. Matt Holland was then hit by a pitch, and Perales came up with the big hit, driving in two with a double to make it 6-3.

After the Red Raiders plated a solo run for a 7-3 lead, the Islanders responded with two in the top of the sixth. Santiago Ruiz led off with a double, and two batters later Montgomery singled him to third. Buckner then delivered an RBI fielder's choice, retiring Montgomery at second, to make it 7-4. Hernandez added a single to move him to second, and then Holland brought home the fifth run of the game as he reached on an error to make it 7-5.

Tech tacked on a pair more on a two-run homer by Stephen Hagen in the bottom of the seventh, but again the visitors responded, delivering two more in the top of the eighth. Montgomery got a leadoff single, and two batters later Hernandez doubled down the left-field line to put two runners in scoring position. Holland added an RBI groundout and Perales singled home another run to make it 9-7. But that was as close as the Islanders could get, as John Neely set them down in order in the ninth to finish off the game.

The Islanders are back in action this weekend, with a Southland Conference series at Nicholls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. on Friday in Thibodaux, with a 3 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.