March 6, 2012

Baseball Returns Home to Face Houston – Victoria, Travels to Rice on Wednesday

The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team will be back on familiar ground this Tuesday evening when they take on Houston – Victoria in a 6 p.m. contest out at Chapman Field. Afterwards, the Islanders will travel to Houston for a 6:30 p.m. game on Wednesday night against No. 4 Rice.

The Islanders are 6-6 on the season after a tough road trip against Dallas Baptist and UT Arlington last week. They will look to bounce back against UHV in the first home game since defeating Utah on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Whataburger Field. It will be the first game back at Chapman Field since a 7-2 win over Nebraska Omaha during the opening weekend of the season.

The Jaguars are 4-9 on the season, and will be led by either Cory Carter of Creighton Hoke on the mound Tuesday night. Carter holds a 2-2 record and a 5.32 earned run average, while Hoke comes into the game at 0-2 and a 3.79 ERA. Offensively, Chad Cruse leads the team with a .343 batting average, while Cory Hulsey (.341) and Hoke (.313) also hit above .300 for UHV.

Matt Danton will get the start for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi on Tuesday night. Danton has a 1-0 record with a 3.60 ERA in five innings pitched this year. The freshman has given up two runs while walking one and striking out three in four appearances on the season.

After the Tuesday night matchup, the Islanders will travel to Houston to take on No. 4 Rice in the toughest test of the season. The Owls are 11-1 on the year, their best start since 2003 when the team went on to win the national championship.

Chase McDowell will start the game on the mound for Rice, as he is working his way back from an injury. He has a 13.50 ERA, but has pitched in only two innings. He suffered a season-ending injury a year ago, and is working his way back into pitching early in the year. McDowell will get the start, and will be followed by Zech Lemond, who has a 0.00 ERA in four innings this season, out of the bullpen.

Jake Dziubczynski is schedule to be the Islanders starter against the Owls. Dziubczynski has five appearances this year, including one start, to go along with a 5.87 ERA in 7.2 innings. The junior transfer has given up 11 hits and just two walks while striking out eight during the season.

Live stats and video for the Tuesday night game will be available through www.GoIslanders.com. For the Wednesday night affair, fans can visit www.RiceOwls.com for live scoring and video.

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