June 14, 2011

Islanders 2011 Season One for the Record Books

CORPUS CHRISTI - It was a record-setting season for the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team in 2011, as the Islanders set numerous individual and team school records in the fourth season under head coach Scott Malone. The Islanders posted their best year in school history, winning 37 games and finishing third in the Southland Conference.

Here are some of the highlights from the season:

  • Won a program-record 37 games, becoming just the third team in school history to top the 30-win plateau. The Islanders had the fifth-most wins of any team that failed to make the NCAA Tournament.
  • Set a school record with 19 conference wins and a third-place finish in the Southland Conference. Also advanced to the final day of the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time.
  • Registered victories over top-20 foes and NCAA Super Regional participants Texas and Oregon State. Played 11 games against the RPI Top 50 (3-8) and 22 against the RPI Top 100 (8-14).
  • Swept a Southland-high five series on the year, including three on the road. Had an 11-7 road record in conference play and an overall mark of 18-10 record away from Corpus Christi.
  • Set records for fewest errors, fielding percentage, saves and strikeouts for pitchers as a team. Also saw senior Matt Holland set school records in at-bats, hits, doubles and total bases. Junior Todd Simko set the school's wins mark and junior Michael Boyle match the saves record.
  • Had one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, earning honorable mention from College Baseball Newspaper. Southeastern Louisiana was the only other program from the Southland to garner mention from Collegiate Baseball, and only six other schools in the state of Texas (four Big 12 schools, Rice and TCU) earned recognition.
  • Was ranked as high as 46th in the RPI and 24th in RPI guru Warren Nolan's Power Index. Received votes in the National College Baseball Writers Association and American Baseball Coaches Association polls for the first time in school history.
  • Had the top two draft picks in school history, as Simko (21st round) and Holland (22nd round) both went on Day Two of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
  • Saw Matt Holland named First Team All-Southland Conference, the first Islander to be chosen to the first team in school history. Holland was also the first Louisville Slugger All-American in program lore.
  • Posted winning streaks of eight and nine games at different points during the season. The eight-game string was the longest active streak in the nation at that time.
  • Finished the regular season by winning 12 of the last 13 games and won 15 of the last 18 overall.
  • Were impressive in the clutch, going 11-5 in one-run games and 15-8 in contests decided by two runs or less. Went 26-1 when leading after eight innings. Went 31-3 when holding the opposition to five runs or less.