CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team will close out its three-game season series with UTSA with a midweek game set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Chapman Field.
The Islanders (17-17) evened the series two weeks ago with a 6-1 victory in San Antonio, after UTSA (21-11) took the first between the two squads with an 8-3 victory during the Kleberg Bank College Classic earlier this season. That game was played at Whataburger Field, so this will mark the third ballpark where the two sides will play against each other.
The Islanders are coming off a tough series against Stephen F. Austin, where they dropped two out of three despite being outscored by just two, 27-25. The Roadrunners have split their last four games, dropping their midweek contest last week by allowing four runs in the ninth to lose 7-6 against Texas State before taking two out of three against Conference USA foe Tulane.
In the game against the Bobcats, it was Boone Mokry who earned the no-decision after seeing UTSA's lead dwindle away despite giving up two earned runs on five hits over six innings pitched. Mokry (0-1, 3.18 ERA) will be back on the mound for his fourth consecutive midweek start.
However, the McLennan JC transfer did not have a good outing the first time he squared off against the Islanders, as he lasted just a third of an inning. During his brief stint on the mound, he gave up three hits, two walks and three earned runs before getting the hook.
The righty will also have the tough task of matching up against a hot Islanders offense that has scored 40 runs, while hitting at a .335 clip as a team over the last four games.
Leading the way as of late have been Frankie Salas (.545), Russell Vaughan (.462) and Zack Gibson (.462), as all four have hit for high averages during the four-game span. Vaughan also drove in six RBIs last week to double his total for the season.
Brandon Tierney still leads the way at the plate overall for A&M – Corpus Christi, as his .308 season average is the top among those with at least 15 starts. Kyle Danford paces the way in RBIs with his 21 so far this year, while six other Islanders also have double-digit runs driven in.
Heading the offensive attack for UTSA this have has been RJ Perucki and Mike Warren, as Perucki's .352 average leads the team, while Warren is first among all Roadrunners with 32 RBIs.
UTSA has bolstered a very similar lineup each time out this season, as eight players have started at least 29 of the team's 32 games, while each of them has driven in at least 12 runs.
Looking to slow down the UTSA offense out of the gate will be Gavin Williamson (0-1, 10.12), as the junior righty is set to make the fourth start of his career.
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