CORPUS CHRISTI – Throughout the summer of 2013, GoIslanders.com will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2012-13 school year.
Every Thursday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Tuesdays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on GoIslanders.com throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.
Top Moment #4: Baseball's Wild Win on Senior Day
It was a tremendous season for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team in 2013, with the team posting a second-place finish in the Southland Conference – the best in its time in the league. The Islanders had three players named First Team All-Conference, also a record, and saw eight players in total honored by the league.
Among all the team's 33 wins, though, none was as memorable as an emotional comeback on Senior Day. In a game that featured a total of 32 runs scored and six lead changes, senior Eric Weiss and freshman Kaleb Keith were the key catalysts of a monumental 17-15 victory.
It was evident early on in the contest that it would be a tough day for the pitchers. Lamar scored two in the first to take a quick edge, but the Islanders came right back with three runs over the first two frames to regain the lead. But the Cardinals struck the first big blow, with Sam Bumpers lacing a double to right center to cap off a four-run third that chased Matt Danton from the game and put the visitors up 6-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, though, the Islanders put together an absurd rally. After the first two players were retired, A&M-Corpus Christi saw the next 10 players reach to rally for a nine spot and a 12-6 lead. It started with four straight singles and two walks, the second of which tied the score. A bases-loaded HBP then pushed the Islanders back ahead, and Brad Porras followed that with a bases-clearing double that nearly left the yard to left center. After a walk, Weiss came through with a two-run single to stun the Cardinals.
But Lamar remained calm, and Travis Moore settled in on the mound. The Cardinals tallied a solo run in the sixth, then exploded with an eight-spot in the seventh. Nine of the first 10 batters reached, just three on hits, and Jude Vidrine capped it off later in the frame with an RBI double to make it 15-12 in favor of the visitors.
In the seventh, the Islanders got two runs back on a Russell Vaughan RBI single and a Cody Stephens sac fly to trim it to 15-14. Then in the top of the eighth, Keith walked the first two hitters. But the freshman calmed himself, getting a flyout and a groundout for the first two outs, then finished the deal with a swinging strikeout, and left the mound with a flourish as his teammates in the dugout rushed to congratulate him.
It didn't take long to complete the comeback in the eighth. Johnathan Gonzales started things with a leadoff double to right center, and Weiss followed with an RBI single to center to tie the score. Brandon Tierney added a double to left center, and Jordan Lee pushed the Islanders ahead with a single up the middle. A wild pitch brought Tierney home for the 17th run of the contest.
The Islanders totaled 21 hits in the contest, with every spot in the order posting at least one and seven players tallying at least two hits. Weiss' 4-for-6 day led the way, with his third RBI the most memorable run of the day.
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June 6 – #10: Jasmine Boutte Shines at SLC Indoor and Outdoor Championships
June 13 – #9: Johnathan Jordan's Double-Double at Lamar
June 20 – #8: Vanessa Johnson at Southland Championship
June 27 – #7: Brandi Huff's Second-Half Outburst vs. McNeese State
July 4 – #6: Logen Bourque Posts Second Triple-Double in Islanders History
July 11 – #5: Trevor Foss Mows Down UT-Pan American
July 18 – #4: Jonathan Gonzales Goes Off at Texas State
June 11 – #10: Dance Places 11th at NDA Collegiate Championships
June 18 – #9: Men's Basketball Shoots Lights Out vs. Southeastern La.
June 25 – #8: Islanders Softball Walk-off Win Over SHSU
July 2 – #7: Women's Golf Takes Second at Harold Funston Invitational
July 9 – #6: Men's Cross Country Clocks School Best at Chile Pepper Festival
July 16 – #5: Women's Tennis Starts 8-0 to Enter Rankings
July 23 – #4: Baseball's Wild Win on Senior Day