ISLANDER SOFTBALL CLOSES OUT WEEKEND WITH WIN

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team kept it's hot streak going with a 9-3 victory over the Detroit Mercy Titans in the final game of the Corpus Christi Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

The Islanders improve to 5-6 on the season with their third-straight victory. The Titans fall to 0-5 on the year. Addie Tallman started the game for TAMUCC and got the victory to improve to 3-2 on the year.

"It was nice to be home this weekend." said Head Coach Jake Schumann. "We were able to able to get our offense going and get three wins out here."

In the top of the first inning, the Titans got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead. Jacqueline Nortman led off with a single and stole second. After a pair of outs, Courtney Gill singled up the middle to score Nortman and go up 1-0.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Islanders answered with a run to tie it at 1-1. Lauren Sanders started the inning with an infield single. Cassie Redman reached on a fielder's choice while Sanders advanced to second on an error by the shortstop. Sanders and Redman then pulled off a double steal to advance to second and third. Larissa Martin then grounded out to the shortstop, scoring Sanders and knotting the game.

In the bottom of the second, the Islanders took the lead with three runs to go up 4-1. Alaina Byars singled up the middle followed by a Landry Moore single to put runners on first and second. Alejia Cain came up and reached on an error to second on an error. Byars advanced to third and scored on the error by the third baseman while Moore advanced to third on the play. Andrea Simancas followed with a two-RBI double to centerfield to score Moore and Cain, putting the Islanders up 4-1.

"We got our swings in today and got some hits." said Schumann. "We needed to have a team effort on offense and we got that the last two days."

The Titans responded with two runs in the top of the third to get within 4-3. Caitlin McPartlin singled and advanced to second on a Nortman single. Ellen Sinclair followed with another single to score McPartlin and advance Nortman to third. Gill hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Nortman and put the score at 4-3.

The Islanders began to pull away in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three more runs to take a 7-3 lead. Simancas singled to the shortstop and Sanders followed, reaching on an error that allowed Simancas to move to second base. Redman put down a sacrifice bunt to score Simancas all the way from second and advance Sanders to third. Martin then singled on the infield to score Sanders. Margo Hurdt followed with a triple to score Martin to take the 7-3 lead.

In the fifth inning, Moore singled to left field and Melissa Casey pinch ran for her. Cain followed with a walk to put runners on first and second. Simancas reached on a fielder's choice and moved Cain to second while Casey was put out by the shortstop. Sanders then reached on an error by the second baseman while Simancas advanced to second while Cain scored. Redman then hit and RBI double to score Simancas and put the score at the final of 9-3.

Stephanie Estrada, Moore and Simancas led the Islanders with two hits apiece while Martin and Simancas each had two RBI. Sanders, Redman, Martin, Hurdt and Byars added one hit each. Redman and Hurdt also added one RBI.

The Islanders finish with weekend at 3-1 with wins over Creighton, Indiana State and Detroit Mercy.

"We executed our offense the last two days." said Schumann. "We were able to combine that with out pitching to produce some wins."

The Islanders are off till next weekend when they host the Islanders Classic. They will be hosting Pittsburg, Loyola-Chicago, Dayton and Minnesota during the weekend.