Islanders Keep Rolling for Eighth Straight Win

CORPUS CHRISTI - Matt Holland

had his fourth straight three-hit game and Jacob Perales went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI to lead the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team to an 11-4 victory over Northwestern State on Friday at Chapman Field. The Islanders (30-21, 15-13 Southland) won their eighth straight game to notch the third 30-win season in program history.

Holland had his ninth homer of the year in the contest, as the senior raised his average to .393 on the season. Perales' longball was his fourth of the season. Weston Montgomery, Trey Hernandez and Jeramie Marek each had two hits in the win, while Chris Vergne drove in a pair and scored twice. Colin Bear went 2-for-4 with a homer for Northwestern State (19-30, 9-19).

Tanner Green picked up the win out of the pen for the Islanders with 1 2/3 shutout innings, while Roy Ferdin had two scoreless frames and Roland Botello had a shutout stanza as well. Justin Meza struck out eight in a no-decision, allowing 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Luke Irvine was carded with the loss for NW State, surrendering seven runs in five innings.

The Demons jumped out by putting a four-spot on the board in the top of the third to garner a 4-0 lead. Bear got a two-run homer with one out in the inning, and then with two away, Aaron Munoz ripped a two-run single up the middle to give the visitors a four-run advantage.

In the bottom of the third, the Islanders got a run back. Bobby Buckner ripped a two-out double and came home on Marek's single through the left side. Holland followed and ripped a flyball to deep right, but with the wind abnormally quiet, it was caught just in front of the wall for an inning-ending flyout with the score 4-1. In the bottom of the fourth, an RBI single by Montgomery scored Hernandez to trim it to 4-2.

In the field, the Islanders repeatedly walked the tightrope but emerged with limited damage. The Demons stranded the bases loaded in the first and fifth innings and left two on in the second and sixth. The Demons stranded 10 through the first six innings, with Green highlighting things by working his way out of an inherited bases-loaded, one-out jam.

The Islanders took advantage in the bottom of the sixth, as the offense exploded for five runs on five hits to chase Irvine from the game. Marek led off with a single and jogged home when Holland hit his ninth homer of the year to dead center to tie the game at 4-4. Hernandez followed with a single, and Vergne then reached on an error to put runners at the corners with nobody out. After Vergne stole second, Perales ripped a double to left to score both men for a 6-4 Islanders advantage. Perales later came home on a Montgomery single to make it 7-4.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi broke it open with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Marek reached on an error to start the inning and Holland added a single. After Hernandez punched out and the runners swiped a bag to move into scoring position, Vergne chopped a single over the drawn-in infield to plate two runs for a 9-4 advantage. Perales then hammered a ball to deep left center and over the wall for his fourth longball of the year.

With the score 11-4, Ferdin and Botello finished off the Demons to preserve Green's first career victory. The Islanders bullpen combined to allow just two hits over 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

The Islanders and Demons return to action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch at Chapman Field, while Sunday will be a 1 p.m. start. Sunday will also be Senior Day, as the Islanders will pay tribute to their 10 seniors, who will be playing in their final home game that afternoon.