Islanders Rally Past Nicholls, 7-4THIBODAUX, La. - Jumpy Garcia
's two-run single in the top of the ninth lifted the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team to a 7-4, come-from-behind victory over Nicholls on Friday night. The Islanders scored two in the eighth and four in the ninth to improve to 13-8 (1-3 Southland), while Nicholls fell to 7-9 (0-4).
Todd Simko collected the win with a strong performance on the mound to improve to 3-2. The junior scattered seven hits in eight innings, punching out eight in the game. Michael Boyle finished off the game for his fifth save of the season. Seth Webster was brilliant for the Colonels in a no-decision, punching out 10 in seven innings of one-run ball.
Weston Montgomery, Jacob Perales and Bobby Buckner each had two hits in the win for the Islanders, as Perales scored a pair of runs. Michael LeGrange and Philip Lyons each had two hits for the Colonels.
Down 4-1 in the top of the eighth, the Islanders began their rally with a pair of unearned runs. Perales got a one-out single to start things in the frame, and two batters later Jeramie Marek reached on a walk. With two down, Buckner grounded to third, but the throw from Zach Tisdale sailed down the right-field line to score a pair of Islanders and make it 4-3.
Then, in the ninth, the Islanders plated four runs on just one hit. Montgomery led off with a walk and Chris Vergne followed with a walk of his own. After Trey Hernandez lined out, Matt Holland was hit by a pitch to load the bags for Perales. The senior drew a walk to score the tying run, leaving the bases loaded for Garcia with one away. The junior shot a soft liner into right field to plate two runs for a 6-4 Islanders lead. Marek added a sac fly to put the Islanders up three. Boyle then retired the side in the ninth for the victory.
The Colonels got on the board with a pair of unearned runs in the third. Bear Comer drew a leadoff walk, but Simko rebounded to get the next two hitters, with Comer advancing to third. With two down, Blake Bergeron grounded to third, but Buckner misplayed it between hops to score Comer and make it 1-0. After Bergeron moved up on a stolen base, Beau Faulk singled him home on a base hit to left for a 2-0 lead.
Small ball allowed Nicholls to push the lead to 3-0. LeGrange led off with a bunt single, then two groundouts moved him to third. But Lyons delivered the big hit, as an infield single deep in the hole to short scored LeGrange for a three-run edge.
The Islanders finally cracked the scoreboard in the top of the seventh. Sean Washington got a one-out single, and he was immediately followed by Montgomery ripping an RBI double to left center to make it 3-1. But Webster was able to retire the next two hitters to emerge without further damage. Nicholls added a run in the bottom of the seventh on a solo homer by Chase Jaramillo for a 4-1 advantage before the Islanders started their rally in the eighth.
The two teams will square off on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. in the remaining contests of their three-game series. Live audio and statistics will be available on GoIslanders.com.