ISLANDERS DROP PAIR OF SLC GAMES TO UTSA

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team lost the first two games of their Southland Conference series against UTSA by a score of 6-0 in game one with the Islanders falling in game two by an 8-0 in six innings.

The Islanders fall to 7-10 overall and 0-2 in SLC games. The Roadrunners improved to 7-7 overall and 2-0 in SLC play.

"It was a tough day for us out there today." said Head Coach Jake Schumann. "It's still a long way from the end but, we have to figure it out fairly quickly."

In the first game, the Islanders and Roadrunners played to an early stalemate, with the game going scoreless through the first four innings. In the top of the fifth inning, the Roadrunners broke through with three runs on four hits and two walks and a fielder's choice.

The Islanders were able to keep the game close until the seventh inning when the Roadrunners pushed across three more runs to go up 6-0 in the last inning. UTSA scored three runs on two hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.

TAMUCC could not get on the board in the bottom half of the final inning as the Islanders fell by a 6-0 final in game one of the doubleheader. The Islanders finished with five hits, getting one apiece from Lauren Sanders, Cassie Redman, Alaina Byars, Landry Moore and Andrea Simancas. Stacie Tassin started the game and went four innings, giving up three runs, all earned, on five hits and four walks and three strikeouts. Tassin was tagged with the loss to fall to 3-6. Morgan Seals came on in relief and pitched three innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits while walking two and striking out three.

In game two, the Islanders struggled once again from the plate and in the circle, falling by an 8-0 final in six innings due to the mercy rule. Addie Tallman went all six innings, giving up eight runs, seven of them earned, on 11 hits and two walks while striking out one Roadrunner. Tallman falls to 4-4 on the season for the Islanders.

The Roadrunners scored two runs in the first inning, two in the third inning, two in the fourth inning and two in the sixth inning. The Islanders were shutout again while collecting four hits in the game. Sanders, Byars, Moore and Alejia Cain each had one hit for TAMUCC. Moore doubled for the only extra-base hit of the day for the Islanders.

"The kids have to take ownership of the program." said Schumann. "It's a long year but we have to avoid falling into a funk early on."