The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team split a pair of games on the opening day against Minnesota and Loyola-Chicago. Minnesota took the 1 PM game against the Islanders by a 5-1 score. The Islanders took the nightcap by a 5-1 score over the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at Cabaniss Field.
The Islanders are now 6-7 on the season. Stacie Tassin started the first game and took to the loss to fall to 2-5. Addie Tallman started the second game and moves to 4-2 on the season.
"Not happy with how we played defensively but we pulled out the win tonight." said Head Coach Jake Schumann. "Landry Moore was a big part of us winning the game tonight."
Moore started at catcher and opened the game by making a statement to the Ramblers runners. The first two batters reached base for Loyola-Chicago but were gunned down on the base paths by Moore.
"We told our team it would be like a track meet out there." said Schumann. "They were going to keep running until we stopped them, and Landry did that."
The Islanders got on the board first in the bottom half of the opening frame. Cassie Redman walked and advanced to second on a Larissa Martin groundout. Margo Hurdt singled to plate Redman and put the Islanders on top 1-0.
The score would remain the same until the top of the fifth inning. Bridget Lally led off with a walk, advanced to second on an Alexandra Trudnich groundout and to second on a passed ball. A Guska groundout plated Lally to knot the score at 1-1.
The Islanders would get the lead back in the bottom of the sixth inning, pushing across four runs to take a 5-1 lead. Martin led off with a walk but was put out when Hurdt hit into a fielder's choice. Alaina Byars followed with a single to move Hurdt to second. Stephanie Estrada reached on an infield single to load the bases. After a Kim Connelly strikeout, Moore came up with a huge hit, singling to centerfield to plate Hurdt and Byars. Andrea Simancas followed up with a single to plate Estrada and Moore to put the score at 5-1.
The Islanders would hold onto the lead in the top of the seventh, shutting down the Ramblers in order to take the 5-1.
"They really took advantage of their opportunities in the sixth inning." said Schumann. "They kicked the door open when they had the chance. Addie did a great job of shutting them down in the seventh to close the game."
Moore and Simancas led the Islanders with two RBIs each. Estrada had two hits to lead the Islanders in that category. Simancas, Lauren Sanders, Hurdt, Byars, and Moore had one hit each. Hurdt had the other RBI for the Islanders.
In the early game, the Islanders would not be as fortunate.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Islanders struck first. With two outs, Larissa Martin reached on a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Margo Hurdt drew another walk to put runners on first and second. Byars knocked Martin in with a single to centerfield, putting the Islanders up early at 1-0.
The lead held until the top of the third inning when the Gophers plated three runs. They followed that up with two unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach at 5-1.
Redman, Byars and Connelly each had one hit for the Islanders, their only three of the game.
Other action in the tournament saw Pittsburgh beat Dayton 6-2 in game 1, Loyola-Chicago beat Pittsburgh 3-0 in game two. In game four, Minnesota run-ruled Dayton by a 10-1 score in five innings.
The tournament starts back up on Saturday morning at 9 AM when Minnesota and Loyola-Chiacgo face off.