Conway, Ark. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team broke even on the first day of a Southland Conference weekend series against the Central Arkansas Bears, as they lost the first game of a doubleheader 1-0 in nine innings before coming back for a 3-2 victory in the second game of the night.
The Islanders are now 23-31 on the season and 12-16 in SLC play. The 12 wins set a new school record for SLC victories in the softball program. The Bears move to 24-31 overall and 14-15 in SLC games. Addie Tallman got the decisions for both games to move to 20-16 on the year.
The Islanders were able to rally in the second game, coming back from 2-0 down after five innings to take a 3-2 lead it the top of the sixth. Alejia Cain walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second when Lauren Sanders reached on an error by the second baseman. A Cassie Redman bunt single loaded the bases for the Islanders with no outs. Stephanie Estrada was then hit by a pitch to bring home Cain for the first TAMUCC run to make it 2-1. Following a pair of outs, Andrea Simancas came into to pinch hit and took the first pitch she saw through the right side for a single to plate both Sanders and Redman and give the Islanders their first lead of the night.
The Islanders were led offensively by Simancas, who was 1-for-1 with two RBIs to lead the team. Redman recorded two hits while Sanders, Martin and Simancas had the other three hits. Estrada had the only other RBI for the Islanders in the game. Tallman came on in relief to finish off the game and get the win to move to 20-16 on the year. Tallman went four innings, giving up just one unearned run on one hit while walking none and striking out two.
It the early game of the day, it was a pitcher's duel, as both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning, when an error by the Islanders allowed the Bears to score the lone run of the game for a 1-0 victory. Tallman pitched all 8.2 innings and took the loss while giving up one unearned run on eight hits and two walks while striking out four.
The Islanders finish up the season on Saturday afternoon, as the once again face the Bears in a single game starting at 12:00 PM.