March 19, 2011

Islanders Bats Scorch Nicholls, 12-1

THIBODAUX, La. - Jacob Perales

went 3-for-5 with five RBI to lead the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team to a 12-1 win over Nicholls (7-10, 0-5 Southland) on Saturday at Ray E. Didier Field. The Islanders (14-8, 2-3) delivered a season-high 21 hits in the win, and Ian Campbell threw a strong six innings on the mound for the visitors.

Every member of the Islanders who appeared at the plate delivered a hit in the contest, with Holland and Perales each notching three. Trey Hernandez went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI in the win, while Santiago Ruiz scored twice and Chris Vergne had a pair of RBI. Dan Sciantarelli hit his first career homer in the ninth inning.

Campbell scattered just four hits and one walk in his seven innings of work to improve to 3-1 on the season. The senior punched out six and surrendered just one run. Roy Ferdin came on to pitch the final two innings, striking out two in his scoreless appearance.

The Islanders clinched their first road series win in Southland play since taking two of three from UTSA from March 27-29, 2009. The 21 hits were the most for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi since mashing 21 against McNeese State on March 22, 2009.

The Islanders wasted no time getting on the board in the contest, scoring three in the top of the first. Weston Montgomery led off the contest with a double, then moved to third when Bobby Buckner ripped a single through the right side. Hernandez plated the first run of the game with a sac fly to center to make it 1-0, and then two batters later, Perales delivered the big blow. The righty jumped on the first pitch he saw to blast a breaking ball over the wall in left for his third home run of the season to make it 3-0.

It was a two-out rally in the fourth that allowed the Islanders to expand their lead. Ruiz led off with a walk, and he moved up 90 feet when Jeramie Marek roped a single to center. Sean Washington came to the plate next and ripped a single to center. The Islanders sent Ruiz, and Bear Comer delivered a perfect throw to the plate, but Ruiz slid into the catcher's mitt and dislodged the ball to plate the fourth Islanders tally.

The Islanders tacked two more runs on in the fifth. Buckner led off with a walk, and Hernandez followed by ripping a ball through the left side for a single. Holland then dropped down a perfect bunt for a single of his own to load the bags for Perales. Perales was unable to further his heroics, as he punched out, but Vergne came up big, slapping a single through the right side to plate a pair of runs for a 6-0 Islanders lead.

On the other side, Campbell was cruising, surrendering only two base hits in the first five. The senior retired the side in both the first and second innings, then allowed only two-out base runners in the third and fourth. In the fifth, he found himself in his first trouble, but emerged unscathed after inducing a 6-3 double play. Nicholls finally cracked the scoreboard with a tally in the sixth after Chase Jaramillo delivered a one-out triple and scored on a groundout to make it 6-1.

The Islanders tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Hernandez and Perales each delivered RBI singles in the frame to push it to a seven-run lead for the visitors. That spelled the end of the day for Campbell, as Ferdin took over heading into the eighth.

After he set down the Colonels in the eighth, the visitors put across four runs in the top of the ninth. Sciantarelli got things started with a two-run homer, his first in an Islanders uniform. Later in the frame, Perales delivered a two-run single to plate a pair of unearned runs. Ferdin allowed an infield single, but kept the Colonels off the scoreboard in the ninth, finishing the game with a 5-4-3 double play.

The two teams will finish off their three-game set on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ray E. Didier Field as the Islanders go for the sweep. Live audio and statistics will be available on GoIslanders.com.