The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team celebrated senior day with a 2-1 Southland Conference win over the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions at Chapman Field on Sunday afternoon. The Islanders honored seniors Stephanie Estrada, Andrea Simancas, Larissa Martin and Kim Connelly before the game for their contributions to the Islander softball program.
"This was a good win for us," said head coach Jake Schumann. "It was a good softball game and was the windiest day I have ever experienced as a coach."
The Islanders improve to 22-30 overall and 11-15 in SLC play. The Lady Lions fall to 19-30 on the year and 7-20 in SLC play. Addie Tallman started for the Islanders and picked up the victory to improve to 19-15 on the season.
The Islanders fell behind early on, going down 1-0 after two innings. TAMUCC responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning to knot the score at 1-1. Lauren Sanders reached on a single but was put out on a fielder's choice, allowing Cassie Redman to reach base. Redman then stole second base, followed by a single from the senior Martin to even the scoring.
The score would stay the same until the bottom of the ninth, as Tallman was able to shut down the SELA bats and give the Islanders a chance to win it in the end. That is just what they did, as Simancas knocked a triple to right-center field to open up the inning. Sanders quickly followed with a single up the middle to score Simancas and give the senior the winning run on senior day.
"All four seniors played well today," said Schumann. "Simancas came up big with a triple near the end and Sanders was able to knock her in."
Offensively, the Islanders were able to pound out nine hits. Leading the team was Sanders, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Seniors Martin and Simancas each went 2-for-3 while Martin drove in the other Islander run. Landry Moore and senior Connelly had one hit apiece for TAMUCC. Tallman went the distance, giving up just one run on five hits while walking one and striking out one.
"Addie has pitched well for the last month and a half," said Schumann. "She made a couple of mistakes but found the umpire's strike zone after that and worked the corners to be successful today."
The Islanders now look to close out the regular season on a high note, having won four series in their last five chances, they look to complete the season having won 5-of-6 series to end the year. They will be playing Central Arkansas for the opportunity as they travel up to Conway, Ark. this coming week to take on the Bears in the final SLC series of the season.
"With the tough schedule we have played, it shows we have matured as the season went on," said Schumann. "We just kept playing better and better and have done a good job as the season winds down."