March 1, 2014

Baseball Splits Doubleheader to Earn Series Win at UTA

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team came back to win the second game to split the doubleheader on Saturday against UT Arlington (3-7). The Islanders (5-8) won game two 7-3 after dropping the first game of the day 11-3.

The win in the nightcap ended up securing the series for the Islanders, as the game on Sunday was canceled due to the threat of inclement weather moving into the area.

Offensively, the Islanders got a host of production, as Jordan Lee, Zack Gibson and Kyle Danford all came up with three knocks on the night. Brandon Tierney and Josh Garza also picked up multi-hit games in game two.

Their counterpart, Devin Skapura was superb on the mound, tallying the win on seven innings pitched with one run on eight hits. 

Both Skapura and Justin Schnedler were rolling early to start the game, tossing three innings of scoreless ball out of the gate. In fact, Skapura only faced one over the minimum his first time through the lineup.

Back-to-back singles by Gibson and Danford set the table to start the top of the fourth for the Islanders' offense. Schnedler bounced back to set the next two batters down before the Islanders strung three more two-out singles together to plate two runs, taking their first lead of the game.

After Skapura got out of a jam with a groundout to strand runners on second and third in the bottom of the fourth, the Islanders came right back with a huge five-run inning in the fifth.

It started with four straight hits from the top four guys of the lineup, cumulating on a double by Danford to plate two-runs. With a runner on first, Tierney found a gap between left and center for the first triple of the season for the Islanders, but he didn't stop there as the throw down to third got away, allowing Tierney to come all the way around to score to give the Islanders a 7-0 advantage after five.

This gave Skapura plenty of run support, as he only allowed one run over the next two innings. The bullpen allowed two more to come in, but that was it, securing the win for the Islanders.

It was Derek Miller who had the big afternoon in game one for UTA on Saturday, as, out of the leadoff spot, he went 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs, therefore contributing to 7 out of the 11 runs scored for the Mavericks.

In that game, the Islanders scattered their six hits to score just the two runs, with Cody Stephens picking up the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.

The Mavericks got on the board by scoring two in the first inning to start the day. This came off the power of back-to-back singles, before a fielder's choice and a single brought both in to score later in the inning.

With the score still sitting at 2-0 in the top of the third, the Islanders were able to cut the lead in half, finally getting to UTA's starter Jess Amedee. The run was produced via a two-out rally, as Gibson started it with a leadoff double followed by Stephens stepping up to the dish and driving Gibson in on a single to right field.

However, the Islanders quickly saw the deficit jump back out to two, as Greg McCall took the first pitch of the top of the fourth and crushed it over the left field wall to make it a 3-1 game.

Belicek bounced back to throw a scoreless fifth inning, but the bottom of the sixth proved to be the fatal blow for the Islanders. In that half inning, the Mavericks strung together five consecutive singles, as all five of those hitters eventually came around to score to extend the lead to 8-1.

The Islanders were able to plate one more run prior to the seventh inning stretch to cut the deficit to six. However, UTA continued to put the pressure on, plating three runs in the second half of the seventh to extend it to an 11-2 game.

This would be plenty of support for UTA's Jacob Moreland who came on in relief for Amedee and was perfect, not allowing a hit while striking out two over 2.2 innings pitched to lock down the game 1 win for UTA.  

With the cancelation of Sunday's game, the Islanders will now head back to Corpus Christi before wrapping up the current road trip with a midweek game against Houston on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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