The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team got on the winning track Tuesday afternoon, sweeping a double header over Houston Baptist. The Islanders beat the Huskies by scores of 8-4 and 6-1 at Chapman Field.
The Islanders are now 2-5 on the year while HBU falls to 2-4. Stacie Tassin started game one and picked up her first win of the season, going to 1-3. Addie Tallman recorded her first win of the season in game two, improving to 1-2 on the year.
Coming off of a weekend facing top competition at the FIU Combat Classic and a delayed flight home, the Islanders were looking to get on the winning track against a tough Houston Baptist team on a very windy day.
"I was very pleased with how the players bounced back from the weekend." said Head Coach Jake Schumann. "With the conditions the way they were, I was happy to see them stay focused all day."
The Islanders started the scoring in game one in the second inning. Stephanie Estrada reached on an error and stole second base. Kim Connelly then walked, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Alaina Byars to move the runners to second and third. Sandy Schumann then knocked in her first RBI of the year when she laid down a sacrifice bunt but reached on an error by the pitcher and advanced to second base. Estrada scored on the bunt and Connelly advanced to third and scored on the error to make it 2-0.
The Huskies recorded the next out on a pop up for the second out of the inning. Cassie Redman then walked to put two runners on. Lauren Sanders doubled to bring in Schumann and Redman to make it 4-0. Larissa Martin tripled to score Sanders while Margo Hurdt followed with a single to bring in Martin and put the Islanders up 6-0. Estrada and Connelly followed with back-to-back walks before Byars flied out to end the inning.
"We were able to finally square up on some pitches and produce some runs." said Coach Schumann. "We were able to get production even when we made outs this afternoon."
In the third inning, TAMUCC added another run when Schumann walked to start the inning and stole second base. Redman grounded out to the pitcher to advance Schumann to third, followed by Lauren Sanders reaching on an error to score Schumann and put the Islanders up 7-0.
The Huskies got on the board for the first time in the fifth inning when Jaymie Heibel walked and was advanced to second base on a Casie Campanello single. Kali Johnson followed with a double down the left field line to score Heibel and Campanello to make the score 7-2. Sara Corcoran hit another double to score pinch-runner Megan Klimitchek and finish the scoring in the inning, making it 7-3 Islanders.
With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Lorin Leatherwood of HBU singled and advanced to third base on an error by the Connelly in right field. Heibel followed with a single down the right field line to make it 7-4 before the Islanders were able to end the inning.
TAMUCC added an insurance run in the bottom half of the sixth, starting with an Estrada walk. Byars singled down the left field line to put runners at first and second. Andrea Simancas came up and hit a double off of the pitcher, scoring Estrada to make it 8-4 before Coach Schumann held up the runners to allow the HBU training staff to check on the injured Huskie player.
The Islanders held the Huskies scoreless in the top of the seventh inning to take an 8-4 final in game one. Tassin pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three. Tallman came in to pitch the final two innings, giving up on unearned run on two hits while walking none and striking out none.
The Islanders were led offensively by Sanders with one hit and two RBIs. Martin, Hurdt, Estrada, Connelly, Byars and Simancas each added one hit while Martin, Hurdt, Schumann and Simancas each added one RBI.
In game two, the Islanders came out of the gates swinging, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Redman led off the inning by reaching on an error and advancing to second on an error. Sanders came up and hit a bunt single and advanced to second, scoring Redman from second base for a 1-0 lead. Martin laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Sanders to third base, followed by a Hurdt single to score Sanders from third base. Connelly and Byars drew back-to-back walks to load the bases, Martin at third, Hurdt at second and Byars at first.
Schumann stepped to the plate and doubled to center field to bring all three runners home and put the Islanders up 5-0. Alejia Cain plated Schumann on a single to center field to make it 6-0 Islanders and finished the scoring in the inning.
In the top of the third, the Huskies got on the board. Heibel singled and advanced to second on a groundout. Johnson followed with a single and advanced to second on an error while Heibel advanced to third and scored on the error, making it 6-1.
It was all the Huskies would get however, as neither team would score the rest of the way for a 6-1 final in favor of the Islanders. Tallman started the second game, going five innings while giving up one unearned run on five hits and two walks. Tallman struck out three Huskies batters. Hurdt came on to pitch the final two innings, giving up only one hit and no runs with one walk and one strikeout.
Sanders and Cain led the Islanders with two hits and one RBI apiece in the second game. Schumann added three RBIs on one hit while Hurdt added one hit and RBI and Byars also added one hit.
"It says a lot about our kids that they were able to respond the way they did with such short turnaround from this weekend." said Coach Schumann. "We were able to stay in it mentally out there."
The Islanders are back in action this weekend as they host North Texas, Creighton, Indiana State and Detroit Mercy in the Corpus Christi Invitational. The tournament runs from Friday to Sunday, Feb. 13-15.