VICTORIA, Texas – Jonathan Gonzales went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI and the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team was able to hold off Houston-Victoria for a 10-8 victory on Thursday night. The Jaguars scored six runs in the final two innings and had the tying run on second base when the game ended.
The Islanders threw 12 different pitchers in the contest, with Philip Garcia finishing off the victory for his fifth save of the year. Matt Danton got the win for the Islanders, which held UHV off the scoreboard for the first five innings of action.
Gonzales' six RBI were the most for an Islanders player since Chris Vergne had six against Southeastern Louisiana on April 23, 2010. Jordan Lee had two hits and two RBI as well for the Islanders, while Creighton Hoke had a strong day for UHV with a homer and four RBI in a losing effort.
A&M – Corpus Christi struck first with a run in the opening inning. Drew Vest drew a one-out walk, and following a failed bunt attempt by Eric Weiss, Gonzales ripped a double to right center for an RBI to make it 1-0. In the second, the Islanders tacked on another solo run. Stafford Brantley reached on a bunt single, went first-to-third on a hit-and-run by Jeramie Marek, then trotted home when Lee dribbled one through the right side for a 2-0 Islanders lead.
In the third, Gonzales delivered again, smoking a 3-1 pitch over the wall in left for his sixth longball of the year and a 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, on the mound, the Islanders went with a pitcher every inning with the weekend Southland Conference series looming. After allowing a couple hits early in the game, the staff settled in to retire 10 in a row in the second through fifth innings, with perfect innings from Trevor Belicek and Tyler Schnuriger highlighting the action.
In the fifth the Islanders tacked on a run without a hit, using a trio of walks and a wild pitch to push the lead to 4-0. Then in the sixth, the Islanders put the first crooked number of the night on the board. After a one-out Weston Montgomery double and a single by Vest two batters later, Gonzales mashed his second bomb of the game, this one to deep left-center, for a 7-0 Islanders lead.
UHV got two runs back off of Tim Beard on a two-run double by Hoke in the bottom of the sixth, but the Islanders responded with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth to push it back to a 9-2 lead. The second run came home on Gonzales' fourth hit of the night, giving him a career-best six RBI.
UHV got a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run homer by Hoke over the wall in left to make it a 9-2 ballgame. Then in the top of the ninth, Lee's second RBI single of the night put the lead back to 10-4.
That nearly became necessary, as Jake Dziubcyznski and Franco Pace struggled in the bottom of the frame, and Garcia was summoned with a 10-6 lead and the tying run in the on-deck circle. The senior got the first batter he faced with a flyout, but an infield single followed, then a walk made the score 10-7. Corti Wilson followed with an RBI single, but Garcia got the final out on a popout to end the game.
The Islanders will continue their weekend road swing on Friday night, as they take on first-place Sam Houston State in Huntsville in the first game of a three-game series. Live audio and live stats will be available on GoIslanders.com and fans can also follow the action through the Islanders official Twitter feed @CorpusBaseball.