Islanders Offense Gets Key Two-Out Hitting to Earn Series-Opening Win
THIBODAUX, La. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball got a big win on the road Friday night, taking a 13-1 final over the Nicholls Colonels to open its Southland Conference series at Ray E. Didier Field. The team scored 10-of-13 runs on the night with two outs in the inning to earn the first game in the weekend series.
Game two is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday afternoon.
The Islanders (17-12, 4-3 Southland) scored five runs in the second and never looked back as Trevor Foss (5-3) held the Colonels to just one run over 6.0 innings, giving up one run on five hits while walking five and striking out six batters. Seth Horton, Kaleb Keith and Tyler Schnuriger followed with an inning of scoreless baseball each, allowing just one run and striking out six of the nine batters to make outs over the final three innings.
Eric Weiss had the biggest night offensively, getting three hits and four RBI to lead the way, while Zach Taylor also ended up with three hits to go along with one RBI. Cody Stephens added two hits and three RBI, along with Jordan Lee, Brad Porras and Brandon Tierney each adding two hits apiece. Jonathan Gonzales and Russell Vaughan added one hit and one RBI each on the night.
The Islanders started the scoring in the top of the second inning, as Porras led off with a single and Taylor followed with a bunt single to first base to put two on with no outs. After that though, two straight outs were recorded and it looked as if the Islanders would come up empty.
That is when Tim "The Stork" Beard called for a two-out ambush from the dugout, and the offense responded with five runs in the inning. Vaughan started the ambush by walking to load the bases, and Stephens drove in the first two runs to score Porras and Taylor to make it a 2-0 game. After that, Lee singled to the shortstop and advanced to second on an error while Vaughan came around to add to the lead. Weiss came up and belted a triple all the way to the wall in center field to score Stephens and Lee to make it 5-0.
The two-out ambush would become a common theme during the night, with the Islanders scoring an astonishing 10-of-13 runs with two outs in the inning, scoring only the final three in the ninth with less than two outs.
In the third, Taylor singled up the middle, moved to second on a Tierney single through the left side and came home on a Vaughan single to right for the 6-0 lead.
Nicholls got its only run in the bottom of the fourth as Foss ran into some control issues, but he regained his form to limit the damage to a lone run and a 6-1 lead.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi added more two-out runs in the top of the seventh, scoring four more on three hits. They finished the scoring on the night with three runs before getting the second out in the top of the ninth to make it a 13-1 game.
Schnuriger ended the game emphatically, striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the victory for his team.
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