March 19, 2009

ISLANDERS DROP FINAL GAME OF ROAD TRIP TO CENTENARY

Shreveport, La. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team lost a close 6-5 game against the Centenary College Ladies on Thursday afternoon, ending a seven game road trip through Louisiana over the past six days.

The Islanders return from the trip with an overall record of 11-22 as they went 3-4, winning the first three games before dropping the final four contests. Centenary College improves to 18-10 on the season. Addie Tallman started the game for the Islanders, going the whole way to take the loss, falling to 8-8 on the year. Hillary Phillips came on in relief for the Ladies to improve her record to 8-4.

"It was a good softball game, they just beat us today," said head coach Jake Schumann. "Centenary hit and pitched well and we hit well, but they took advantage of our miscues."

The Islanders got on the board first, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Lauren Sanders led the inning off with a single. After a pair of outs moved Sanders to second base, Alaina Byars hit her fourth home run of the season, all coming on this road trip, to stake the Islanders to the 2-0 advantage.

The Ladies answered back in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own as Bonnie Matak singled and made her way around the bases, scoring on an RBI groundout from Haley Bassett.

The Ladies added a second run to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning. Allison McClain singled, advanced to third third on a single by Beth Krysiak and come home on a sacrifice fly by Kalyn Harris to even the score. Centenary grabbed their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a single run to make it a 3-2 game. Emerald Doria reached on an error and came around to score to give the Ladies the lead.

The Islanders regained the lead in the fifth inning with three runs to go up 5-3. Sandy Schumann led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a Cassie Redman single. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Sanders, who also reached on a fielder's choice. Larissa Martin reached on a fielder's choice to score Schumann while Redman was thrown out at third base and Sanders moved to second. Sanders and Martin each moved up a base on a wild pitch. Stephanie Estrada hit into a fielder's choice and advanced to second as Sanders was thrown out at home and Martin moved over to third.

With Byars coming to the plate, Centenary elected to intentionally walk her to pitch to Margo Hurdt. Hurdt came up with a big single to score Martin and Estrada and put the score at 5-3.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Ladies tied it once again as Caitlin Cavarra led off with a single and Matak followed with a two-run home run to right field to even the score at 5-5. The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh inning, with the Ladies getting the winning run to win the game at 6-5. Matak tripled down the right field line and was brought in on a Lindsey Smith sacrifice fly.

"We bobbled the ball to allow an extra base on the first hit and couldn't throw the runner out at the plate on the sacrifice fly," said Schumann. "It was nothing drastic, just a couple of little things that were just enough for Centenary.

Tallman went the distance for the Islanders, going six and two-third innings, giving up six runs, five of them earned, on 10 hits and one walk. Offensively for the Islanders, Redman led with two hits while Byars and Hurdt had two RBI apiece. Sanders, Martin, Byars and Hurdt each had one hit. Martin had the other RBI for the Islanders.

TAMUCC now returns home to host Stephen F. Austin in a Southland Conference series at Chapman Field. The Lady Jacks come into the weekend with a 15-14 overall record and a 7-2 SLC mark. The Islanders come into the series with a 2-9 SLC record.