BEAUMONT, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team pounded out 12 hits and nine runs to clinch their Southland Conference series on Saturday, taking a 9-3 final over Lamar in the second game of the series. The final game is set for a 1 p.m. start at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The Islanders improve to 23-27 on the season, and are now at 14-15 in Southland games. The Cardinals fall to 19-29 overall, 11-18 in conference play. Trevor Foss got the win for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, pitching 5.1 innings while giving up three runs on seven hits with one walk and no strikeouts. He improved to 3-6 on the season, while Marc Damon picked up his first save of the year, pitching the final 3.2 innings in relief to close out the game.
The offense came alive for the Islanders, picking up double digit hits for the sixth straight game, and for the eighth time in their last 10. Stafford Brantley and Dan Sciantarelli led the way, going picking up three RBI and each hitting a home run in the game. Weston Montgomery, Brad Porras and Dan Sciantarelli each had two hits, while Jordan Lee, Eric Weiss and Jeramie Marek had one apiece. In addition to Brantley's three, the Islanders got three from Sciantarelli, including a two-run homer of his own, and two from Lee. Montgomery had the final RBI for the team in the 9-3 game.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi started the scoring in the top of the third inning, with Marek leading off with a double to center, moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by Sciantarelli and coming home on a sacrifice fly by Lee, sliding under the tag at home for a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, they added to the lead as Brantley led off with a single and stole second base. Marek was hit by a pitch to put two runners on, and Sciantarelli singled to center to bring home Brantley and move Marek to third. Lee followed with an RBI double down the right field line to score Marek for a 3-0 lead while Sciantarelli moved to third. After an intentional walk to Jonathan Gonzales loaded the bases, Montgomery came through with a two-out single to left, scoring Sciantarelli while Lee was out at the plate trying to score.
The top of inning ended with the score 4-0 in favor of the Islanders, but Lamar responded with a run in the bottom half to make it a 4-1 score.
In the top of the sixth inning, Porras led off with a double, and was followed by Brantley, who launched his third home run of the season well over the right field wall to make it a 6-1 score.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Cardinals got to Foss, scoring two runs in the inning to knock him out of the game with just one out in the frame. Damon came on to get the final two outs to preserve the 6-3 lead, inducing a groundout and a pop up to end the sixth with a 6-3 lead for the Islanders.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi finished the scoring in the top of the eighth; scoring three more runs on three hits to make it a 9-3 game. Brad Porras led the inning off with a standup triple to center field, and came home on a Brantley RBI single through the right side. After a pair of outs, Sciantarelli stepped to the plate and hit his first home run of the season, knocking it off the top wall in the deepest part of the field to make it a 9-3 score.
Damon finished out the game in the ninth to earn his first save of the year, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up just two hits while walking none and striking out none.
The final game of the series is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday. The Islanders will look to earn their first sweep of the season, with Adam Hoelscher getting the starting nod for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Lamar will start Carter Hahn in the Cardinals final home game of the season.
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