May 3, 2013

Foss' Gem Lifts Islanders to 4-0 Win in Series Opener

CORPUS CHRISTI – Trevor Foss pitched a complete-game three-hitter to lead the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team to a 4-0 victory over McNeese State on Friday night. Foss struck out 10 in the win, as the Islanders improved to 11-8 in Southland play.

Cody Stephens and Johnathan Gonzales each had two hits in the win for the Islanders, who got one RBI apiece from Stephens, Gonzales, Eric Weiss and Brad Porras. Stephens scored a pair of runs in the victory as well. Blake Ware delivered a complete game in a losing effort for the Cowboys, scattering seven hits in eight innings.

Foss allowed just five balls to leave the infield – three on singles and two on flyouts – in his second CG victory of the season. He delivered 1-2-3 innings in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th.

The Islanders cracked the scoreboard first, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Russell Vaughan started the rally with a leadoff walk, and after a sac bunt moved him to second, Stephens added an infield single to put runners at the corners and one away. Weiss followed by executing a perfect hit-and-run to bring home Vaughan and make it 1-0. Gonzales followed, ripping a single up the middle and doubling the Islanders advantage, as Stephens came in to score.

In the fifth, two more runs came across for the home squad. Zach Taylor reached on an error with one out, and Stephens made the Cowboys pay by ripping a ball just inside the third-base bag for an RBI double to make it 3-0. Ware then hit each of the next two batters to load the bases, and Porras followed with an RBI fielder's choice to make it 4-0 Islanders.

Meanwhile, Foss was cruising, settling in to strike out seven through the first six innings. In the seventh, he faced his first real adversity of the night. The leadoff man reached on an error, and after a flyout, the righthander surrendered his second hit batsman of the game to put two on and one away. But he retired the next two batters on consecutive groundouts, coolly keeping MSU off the scoreboard.

He surrendered his second hit with two away in the eighth, as the Janesville, Wis., native sought to conserve his pitches with a four-run lead. Up 4-0 in the ninth, he surrendered a leadoff single, but finished the game in style, setting down the next three hitters on strikes for his sixth win of the year. The contest took just 1:54 to finish.

The Islanders and Cowboys will return to Chapman Field on Saturday for a 5 p.m. start. Trevor Belicek (7-1, 2.88 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Islanders, while Bryce Kingsley (6-4, 3.23) gets the start for McNeese. Live stats and video will be available on GoIslanders.com, and updates will be available on the official Twitter feed of Islanders Baseball (@CorpusBaseball).