ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball suffered another setback on Friday night, falling 6-2 to the UT Arlington Mavericks at Clay Gould Ballpark. The series finale is set for a 2 p.m. start on Saturday afternoon.
The Islanders are now 23-30 overall, 14-18 in Southland games. UTA moves to 31-23, 18-14 in league play. Trevor Foss started the game and pitched well, but the Mavs got to him late for three runs in the eighth to finish the scoring. He is now 3-7 on the year after giving up eight hits and striking out seven while walking two batters.
UTA got on the board first, scoring two runs in the third and one in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.
The Islanders threatened in the fourth, but Eric Weiss was thrown out at home to end the inning without a run. They finally scored in the fifth, as Santiago Ruiz led off with a single, and moved to third on a Weston Montgomery double down the left field line. After Drew Vest reached on hit by pitch, a Jonathan Gonzales groundout to third scored Ruiz and made it a 3-1 game.
The lead was cut to 3-2 in the fifth, with Texas A&M – Corpus Christi closing to within one run and chasing the UTA starter from the game. Jeramie Marek started it off with a walk, and moved to second when Stafford Brantley also drew a walk. After a Ruiz flyout to right field in foul territory moved up both runners, Omar Garcia had an RBI groundout to score Marek and make it 3-2.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the eighth, when the Mavs finally got to Foss, scoring three runs to make it a 6-2 game.
With the loss, the team's Southland Conference Tournament chances took a hit, but things are not completely dire for the team. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi would likely be in with a win, and could even still get in with a loss if things fall a certain way. The easiest way to the tournament though, is for the Islanders to take care of business on Saturday and see how things play out.
Phillip Garcia is schedule to start for the Islanders, getting the ball on the final day of the regular season with the Islanders tournament hopes on his shoulders. It will be a staff day for the team, with all pitchers available to pitch except for Foss.
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