May 20, 2011

Campbell, Longball Lead Islanders to 5-1 Win

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Ian Campbell

tossed a 100-pitch complete game and the offense scored all its runs via the home run as the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team delivered a 5-1 win over Sam Houston State on Thursday night. Trey Hernandez and Caleb Marx each went deep for the Islanders (32-22, 17-14 Southland) in the win.

Campbell scattered seven singles and punched out six in his second CG victory of the season. The senior allowed just two three-ball counts in the game and delivered just 100 pitches to improve to 7-4 on the year. Brandon Kimbrel allowed just two runs - both on Hernandez' homer - in collecting the loss to fall to 6-4.

Matt Holland went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games in the win. The senior is now hitting .399 for the year and hit his 19th double of the year - one off the Islanders single-season record - in the victory. Braeden Riley had two hits in the loss for the Bearkats (34-20, 17-14).

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi got on the board in the first with Hernandez smashing his 50th career home run to left field. After Holland drew a two-out walk, the slugger ripped a 2-1 offering high over the wall to make it 2-0 in favor of the visitors.

The Bearkats got a run back in the bottom of the second, using a leadoff single, a bunt and a two-out base knock through the right side to make it 2-1. From there on, both starters settled in on the mound, with Kimbrel retiring eight in a row at one point to limit the Islanders to three hits through the first six innings. Holland and Hernandez represented five of the six batters to reach base through six.

Campbell matched him toe-to-toe, though, allowing six scattered singles through the first six frames. The Bearkats threatened in the sixth with a pair of two-out base knocks, but Jeramie Marek made a diving play to end the inning and strand a pair.

After a 1-2-3 seventh, the Bearkats threatened in the eighth. Doug Oney led off with a single to right field, then advanced on a bunt. After Campbell punched out Greg Olson to conclude a 10-pitch at-bat, Chris Andreas popped a ball straight up. The righty hurler settled under it, lost the ball in the overcast sky, then caught it over his shoulder to end the inning.

Then in the ninth, the Islanders got their insurance. Chris Vergne reached on a one-out error, then Weston Montgomery ripped a single to left. That brought Marx to the plate. The senior got the count to 1-1, then eviscerated a pitch up in the zone over the wall in left for a three-run homer to push the lead to 5-1. Campbell got the side in order, catching Mark Hudson looking to end the game on pitch number 100.

The Islanders and Bearkats will continue their series on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at Don Sanders Ballpark. Saturday's finale is set for a 1 p.m. start. Live audio and statistics will be available on GoIslanders.com.