April 22, 2009

ISLANDERS PICK UP PAIR OF WINS AGAINST HBU

Houston – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team picked up a pair of non-conference wins on Wednesday against the Houston Baptist Huskies. The Islanders won the first game 5-1 before taking a 4-0 victory on the back of a Addie Tallman one-hitter.

"Addie wanted the ball today so we gave it to her," said head coach Jake Schumann. "She responded by pitching well and giving up no earned runs today."

The Islanders improve to 20-28 overall on the year. The Huskies fall to 16-21 following the doubleheader. Addie Tallman picked up both wins for the Islanders, improving her record to 17-14 on the season.

In the first game, the Islanders took an early lead, scoring a run in the top of the first inning to go up 1-0. Larissa Martin started things off by hitting a single back up the middle, followed by Martin stealing second base. Stephanie Estrada then walked to put runners on first and second ahead of Margo Hurdt. Hurdt came to the plate and hit a 1-2 pitch to right center to plate Martin for the early lead.

In the sixth inning, the Islanders would add three runs to the lead on the back of four errors by the Huskies. Estrada started the rally by reaching on a fielder's choice. Alaina Byars came to the plate and singled to put runners at first and second. After Melissa Casey came on to run for Byars, Hurdt came the plate, once again delivering an RBI single to put the Islanders ahead 2-0, scoring Estrada while advancing Casey to third. Hurdt then proceeded to take her second stolen base of the day. Cassie Redman then reached on an error by the second baseman, allowing Casey to score from third. The second baseman then committed another error to allow Hurdt to come all the way around from second to make it 4-0.

The Huskies scored a single run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-1 going to the final inning. The Islanders would tack on another run in the final frame to put the game away at 5-1. Lauren Sanders opened the inning with a single, Martin followed with a single of her own, advancing to second when Sanders was thrown out trying to advance to third base. Estrada followed with a double to plate Martin and put the final margin at 5-1 in favor of the Islanders.

Offensively for the Islanders, Martin and Hurdt were both 2-for-3 while Hurdt added 2 RBI. Sanders, Estrada, Byars and Redman each had one hit apiece for the Islanders. Estrada also added an RBI. Tallman went the distance for the Islanders, giving up just one unearned run on four hits while striking out one and walking none.

In the second game, the Islanders and Huskies struggled to score runs, totaling just one between the teams through the first six innings. The lone run in that span came in the top of the third when the Islanders were able to break the scoreless tie. Sanders led off the inning with a single up the middle, followed by a Redman sacrifice bunt to move Sanders over to second base. Following the second out, Martin came to the plate and hit a 1-2 pitch into right field to score Sanders and put the Islanders up 1-0.

The Islanders added to the lead in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs to stretch the lead to 4-0. Sanders started the inning with a single to the shortstop, followed by a Redman single to put runners on first and second. Estrada came to the plate and hit a 1-1 pitch all the way to the outfield wall, bring Sanders and Redman all the way around to score, making it 3-0 Islanders. Martin capped off the scoring by hitting a single to left center, scoring Estrada and giving the Islanders a 4-0 lead.

"We got the hits when we needed to and we played outstanding defense," said Schumann. "We made did well making some diving catches and making plays on foul balls."

That was all that Tallman would need, as she did not surrender a hit until there were two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and completed the one-hitter after setting down the Huskies in order in the bottom of the seventh.

"When you pick it up and catch the ball like you are supposed to, your pitcher can stay in the game," said Schumann. "Addie was cruising out there so it was good for us today."

Martin led the Islanders offensively in the second game, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Sanders, Redman, and Estrada each collected two hits while Estrada added a pair of RBIs. Andrea Simancas and Alejia Cain also added one hit apiece for the Islanders.

With the wins, the Islanders concluded their non-conference schedule and now switch their focus back to Southland Conference play, as they host their final home series of the year this weekend against Southeastern Louisiana. The Islanders host the Islanders in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:00 PM and a single game on Sunday at 1:00 PM.