The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team got a shutout from Addie Tallman and homeruns from Andrea Simancas and Alaina Byars to take the third game of the Southland Conference series against Stephen F. Austin by a 7-0 score. The Islanders win moved them to 2-1 on the weekend over the Lady Jacks, who came into the weekend as the first-place team in the SLC.
The Islanders improve to 13-23 on the year overall and 4-10 in SLC play. The Lady Jacks fall to 18-16 on the season, with an 8-4 record in SLC action. Tallman started the game and went all seven innings to get the complete game shutout to move to 10-9 on the season. Monika Covington went the distance for the Lady Jacks to fall to 12-8 on the year.
The game was deadlocked early on, with the Islanders working out of some jams, leaving eight Lady Jack runners stranded in the first four at-bats for SFA.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, TAMUCC broke through to take the lead. Stephanie Estrada singled through the left side and advanced to second when Margo Hurdt was hit by a pitch. Simancas then came up big with an inside-the-park homerun to straight away centerfield, just getting past the diving SFA centerfielder and rolling all the way to the wall. Simancas used her speed to round the bases to put the Islanders up 3-0.
After holding the Lady Jacks scoreless in the top of the fifth, the Islanders got back to work offensively, scoring four runs to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Cassie Redman reached on a single, followed by Lauren Sanders triple to right center field to score Redman. Larissa Martin reached on a fielder's choice while Sanders scored from third on the play to make it 5-0. After a popup was recorded for the second out, Byars came to the plate and hit a 1-0 pitch down the left field line, clearing the fence for her fifth homerun since last Sunday, putting the Islanders up 7-0.
"All week we've hit the ball, it was just a question of whether we were going to make the plays defensively," said head coach Jake Schumann. "A combination of hitting, good pitching and momentum got us there today."
Tallman did not allow a hit over the last two innings to seal the win for the Islanders. Tallman pitched seven innings, giving up just six hits, no runs and walking six while striking out none. She stranded 13 SFA batters for the game.
"We swung the bats well in some key situations," said Schumann. "Addie bowed up and took care of business."
Offensively, the Islanders were led by Simancas who recorded two hits and three RBI in the game. Sanders, Martin, Estrada, Byars and Redman each had one hit. Byars had two RBI while Sanders and Martin each had one RBI.
The Islanders wrapped up a long week on a positive note as they took the series from SFA and went 5-5 on the week after seven non-conference road games in Louisiana during spring break.
"I felt good about the week on the road," said Schumann. "I thought we might be a little tired but the kids responded really well."
The Islanders now look forward to next week, as they travel to Huntsville to take on Sam Houston State. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 28 starting at 1 PM and a single game on Sunday, March 29 at 1 PM.