CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team rallied back to tie the game up late before Southeastern Louisiana picked up a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to take a 4-2 victory in game two of the series on Saturday night at Chapman Field.
It was a pitchers duel for most of the night, as Trevor Belicek and Tate Scioneaux were going pitch for pitch with Scioneaux eventually picking up the win in his sixth consecutive quality start this year, going eight innings while allowing just two earned runs.
The Lions had four players tally multi hit games, as Southeastern had 13 total hits, with the best night coming out of eight-hole man Jacob Seward who went 3-for-4 from the plate with an RBI and run scored. Despite so many hits, Southeastern did not get any extra-base knocks and left 10 runners on base, keeping the Islanders in the game.
Kyle Danford led the way for the home team with three knocks, while Tyler Ware had two hits on the night, including his second home run of the year, which scored two runs to tie the game up in the eighth.
Both starters matched one another's zeros to start the ballgame, with Belicek facing just one over the minimum in the first three innings. It was a little bit more of a struggle out of the gate for Scioneaux, as he allowed two-out base runners in each of the first three frames, but pitched out of it each time to keep the game scoreless through three.
After no runs came across in the fourth, the Lions looked to plate the first run of the game in the fifth with runners on first and second after back-to-back one-out singles. However, a groundball ended up getting the Islanders out of the inning, as Josh Garza flipped it to first for the second out before the runner was called for interference for the third out.
With Scioneaux settling into a grove, allowing just one base runner from the fourth through the sixth inning, the game went into the sixth without a score.
The Lions finally broke up the drought without runs, as they strung together four consecutive singles to open up the top of the seventh to take a 1-0 lead and chase Belicek out of the game.
Kevin Landgrebe did a good job coming on in a tight spot to allow just one more run to come across to send it to the seventh inning stretch with the Lions leading 2-0.
After Scioneaux put up his seventh consecutive zero to string together a scoreless streak of 14 innings for Lions pitchers against A&M – Corpus Christi, he came back out in the eighth and picked up two quick outs to make things look pretty grim for the Islanders.
Danford came through with his third hit of the game though, as he sent one down the right field line for a two-out double. That was when Ware stepped up to the plate and unloaded on the first pitch he saw from Scioneaux, drilling a no-doubter over the right field wall to knot the game up at two through eight innings played.
After the Islanders made it a brand new ballgame, it did not take long for the Lions to reclaim the lead, as with runners on second and third and two away, Jacob Williams came through with his first hit of the game, which glanced just off the top of Brandon Guilford's glove to put Southeastern back up one.
Jacob Dorris then entered the game after Landgrebe intentionally walked the bases loaded. Dorris threw a breaking ball that did not have any curve on it and it plunked Andrew Godbold to make it a 4-2 lead, which eventually became the final after the Islanders were unable to score in the bottom of the inning.
After two tough losses, the Islanders will look to take at least one from the Lions tomorrow, with the series finale set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Chapman Field.
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