Miami, Fla. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team completed day two at the FIU tournament with a pair of losses to the Louisville Cardinals and the FIU Panthers.
The Islanders played Louisville to a 2-0 loss in the first game of the day. They followed that game with a 10-2 decision in favor of the Panthers. The Islanders are now 0-4 on the season while Louisville improved to 3-0 and FIU to 1-2.
Pitchers for the Islanders were Stacie Tassin and Addie Tallman in the first game, and Tassin, Tallman and Morgan Seals in the second. Tassin started the first game and is now 0-2 on the season. Tallman started game two and is also 0-2 on the year.
The Islanders threatened early against UL. With two outs in the first inning, Stephanie Estrada singled to center field. Margo Hurdt followed up with a single to the shortstop to put runners at first and second base. Estrada advanced to third and Hurdt advanced to second on a wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position. The Islanders were unable to capitalize however, as Kim Connelly flied out to end the threat.
The Islanders threatened once again in the fourth inning, as Connelly tripled down the right field line with two outs before a pop up ended the inning.
"We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times." said Head Coach Jake Schumann. "We let a few opportunities get away from us today."
TAMUCC and the Cardinals battled to a stalemate after the first three-and-a-half innings, before UL got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Melissa Roth started the inning for UL with a double and moved to third base on an infield groundout. Kristi Cunningham delivered a homerun to left field to put the Cardinals up 2-0.
The Islanders were able to hold the Cardinals scoreless the rest of the way but were unable to push across any runs to fall by a 2-0 final.
"It was some of the same things we saw yesterday." said Schumann. "We aren't doing bad things, we just haven't been able to string together enough hits."
Andrea Simancas, Estrada, Hurdt and Connelly each got one hit for TAMUCC. Tassin started the game and went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three. Tallman finished out the final two innings, giving up only two hits, no runs or walks and striking out two.
In the second game of the day, the Islanders met the host school FIU. In the first inning, Katie Bell led off with a walk. Kim Rodriguez reached on an error, followed by a Jessica Landau walk to load the bases. Lauren Spiers drew another walk to score Bell and put the Panthers on the board first. Ashley McClain hit a sacrifice fly to score Rodriguez to go up 2-0 before the Islanders were able to end the inning.
The Panthers added a single run in the second, two runs in the third, another single run in the fourth and three runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead.
The Islanders got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the fifth inning. Melissa Casey walked to start the inning, but was out at second when Landry Moore hit into a fielder's choice. Simancas then came in to run for Moore. Cassie Redman then followed with a triple to right field for the first Islander RBI of the season. Lauren Sanders followed with an RBI groundout to second base, scoring Redman. The Islanders finished the inning with two runs to put the score at 9-2.
"I was glad to see the fight late in the game when we were down." said Schumann. "It extended the game for us and gave us a chance to see some different looks with some reserves that had not played yet."
Both teams went scoreless in the sixth inning while FIU added a final run in the top of the seventh to finish the scoring at 10-2.
Sanders, Connelly, Alejia Cain and Redman each had one hit for the Islanders while Sanders and Redman each had an RBI for TAMUCC. Tallman started and pitched one-and-two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, two of the earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out none.
Tassin came on in relief and pitched two-and-two-thirds innings, giving up six runs total, five earned, on five hits and one walk while striking out two. Seals finished the game, pitching the final two-and-two-thirds innings, scattering four hits while only allowing one run. She walked one and struck out none. The Islanders committed four errors in the game.
"That second game kind of got away from us with the errors." said Schumann. "We just have to work on some things and keep getting better."
The Islanders finish up the FIU Combat Classic on Sunday morning against the North Carolina Tarheels. Game time is set for 11 AM.