February 25, 2009

ISLANDERS FALL TO UTSA IN FINAL GAME OF SLC SERIES

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team lost a 6-1 decision to UTSA Wednesday afternoon in the final game of the three-game series between the teams.

The Islanders fall to 7-11 overall and 0-3 in SLC play. The Roadrunners improved to 8-7 on the year and to 3-0 in conference play on the year. Stacie Tassin started the game and was tagged with the loss to fall to 3-7 on the year while Danye Holmes got her second win in two days for the Roadrunners to improve to 4-2.

Tassin struggled early on, pitching a scoreless first but walking five batters in the second inning to go along with two hits as UTSA scored four runs to take an early 4-0 lead. Addie Tallman came on in relief of Tassin in the third inning and threw five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on just one hit the rest of the way.

"We only gave up three hits today and Addie had a one-hitter in five innings." said Head Coach Jake Schumann. "They just had one bad inning where we gave up five walks and made a couple of errors."

The Islanders threatened in the bottom half of the second inning when Margot Hurdt walked and Landry Moore reached on a fielder's choice while Hurdt advanced to second on an error. Lauren Sanders followed with a bunt to move the runner's up and load the bases with no outs. The Islanders were unable to score any runs however, as the Roadrunners worked out of a jam without any damage.

"We made a conscious effort today to swing at strikes in the zone." said Schumann. "They waited for pitches and had a better offensive approach as a team, we just didn't get enough runs today."

In the top of the sixth with UTSA holding a 4-0 lead, the Roadrunners were able to plate two runs when the Islanders committed two errors in the inning. Tallman allowed just one hit but was charged with the two runs to allow the Roadrunners to take a 6-0 lead.

The Islanders once again got the offense going in the bottom half of the sixth, scoring one run to make it 6-1. The Islanders started off the inning with a Larissa Martin single followed by an Alaina Byars walk to put runners at first and second. Hurdt reached on a fielder's choice, advancing Martin to third while Byars was out on the play. Moore reached on a fielder's choice when Martin was thrown out at the plate trying to score from third. Sanders followed with a single to load the bases and Andrea Simancas followed with a single of her own to score Hurdt from third and get the Islanders on the board at 6-1. The Islanders were unable to get any more runs out of the inning however, as they left the bases loaded.

The Islanders finished went scoreless in the seventh to finish with one run on five hits, including a 2-for-effort by Martin. Sanders, Simancas and Sandy Schumann each picked up a hit for the Islanders. Simancas picked up the only RBI for the Islanders. The Islander pitching staff held the Roadrunners to just three hits on the afternoon.

"We just didn't push enough runs across to win." said Schumann. "I'm not discouraged by it because we continued to fight and make adjustments today."

The Islanders travel to Nicholls State this weekend for another SLC match up, their first road games since the season-opening FIU Combat Classic. The two teams will play a 1 PM and 3 PM double header on Saturday afternoon and an single game at 1 PM on Sunday.

"We learned what we can and can't do during this series." said Schumann. "Now we just have to go out there and continue to get better as we go forward."