THIBODAUX, La. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball pitching staff came through once again, with the group giving up just one unearned run over the course of nine innings as Matt Danton just missed a complete game shutout for his team in the 2-1 win over Nicholls.
The win completed a three-game sweep of the Southland Conference series. It was the second sweep of the year for the team, while it marked the first in league play.
The Islanders (19-12, 6-3 Southland) got another big performance from "The Reapers" on Sunday, with the group totaling just three runs given up over the course of the weekend series. Nicholls (15-18, 1-7 Southland) scored their one run in the bottom of the ninth as Danton was lifted for Jacob Dorris with two outs.
The Islanders' closer came on and got a strikeout to end the game for his eighth save of the year to tie the single season record set by Philly Garcia last season. Dorris earned the save on April 7th, with Garcia setting his mark nearly a month later in the season, getting his eighth of the year on May 5th.
The offense came through early and capitalized off of early wildness from the Colonels' starter, with the left-handed pitcher opening the game with a pair of walks on five pitches to put a pair of runners on.
Jonathan Gonzales came through with an infield single off the glove of the diving second baseman to load the bases. Brad Porras followed with a ball in the exact same spot, hitting off the glove of the second baseman once again for a two-RBI single on the infield to make it a 2-0 lead.
It would be all Texas A&M – Corpus Christi would need, as Danton went to work and pitched a gem in just his second start of the year. He faced just one over the minimum through six innings, but ran into some trouble in the bottom of the seventh.
The Colonels got a hit-by-pitch and back-to-back singles to start the inning and load the bases with no outs. It did not phase Danton however, as the pitcher induced an infield fly for the first out and then started a 1-2-3 double play, snagging the ball up the middle, throwing to home for the force out, and catcher Brad Lamberti threw down to first base to complete the inning-ending double play.
Nicholls gave Danton trouble once again in the ninth, but Dorris would come in to close it out. After getting the first out, the next Nicholls hitter singled through the right side. The next play looked like it might be a game-ending double play, but an error caused the Islanders to not record any outs and put the tying runs on base. After a strikeout swinging made it two outs in the inning, a single through the right side chased Danton from the game as Nicholls scored an unearned run to cut the lead to 2-1. That is when Dorris came in and calmly struck out the final batter of the game for the save and the series sweep.
Next up for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi will be a midweek contest at UTSA in San Antonio. Following that game, the Islanders return home to host Northwestern State in a Southland Conference weekend series.
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