CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team used a season-high 15 strikeouts from the pitching staff while clutch hitting in the late innings helped them to a 3-2 come-from behind win over Houston – Victoria. The Islanders have a quick turnaround, with a game against No. 4 Rice on the docket for Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in Houston.
The Islanders improve to 7-6 on the year with the victory, while UHV moves to 4-10 the season. Adam Hoelscher came on in relief during the eighth inning, giving up one run on two hits in one inning of work for the win. He improved to 3-1 on the year, while Phillip Garcia came on for the ninth, picking up his fourth save of the season with the shutout inning.
Brad Porras hit a double and a triple for the Islanders as the only one with more than one hit for the team. Marc Damon, Eric Weiss and Kyle Danford each had one hit and one RBI for the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi offense.
UHV scored the first run of the game, plating a single run in the top of the third inning for a 1-0 lead.
The score remained the same until the top of the eighth inning when UHV added another run to take a 2-0 lead.
Things looked bleak for the Islanders, as they had threatened several times during the game, but were unable to push across any runs. That changed in the eighth inning, when Jeramie Marek walked with one out and then stole second base. Drew Vest followed with a walk, with both runners later advancing to second and third on a wild pitch. Weiss then hit an RBI groundout to the left side of the infield to bring home Marek and make it a 2-1 game.
Damon came up in a big spot, belting an RBI double to right center for the second Islanders run and a 2-2 score. The team was not done, with Danford following Damon with a single through the left side that scored the Islanders first baseman for a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the ninth, Garcia came on for the save opportunity, and made things interesting before getting the final out. Philly allowed a leadoff triple to UHV, but he then struck a batter out, got a line out to second and then finished it himself, taking a weak ground ball back to the pitcher and tossing it to first for the final out of the game.
Adam Hoelscher came on in the eighth, pitching one inning and giving one run on two hits for the victory. Garcia completed his fourth save of the season.
Next up for the Islanders is a single game at Rice on Wednesday night. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. with live stats and video will be available by visiting www.RiceOwls.com.
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