October 11, 2009

ISLANDER SOFTBALL SPLITS GAMES AGAINST ST. MARY'S

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball program split a pair of games against St. Mary's University on Saturday afternoon before playing an alumni game versus former players. The win puts the Islanders record at 3-1 so far in the fall season.

"It was good to come out after a month of practice and execute well," said head coach Jake Schumann. "We did well both offensively and in the circle during the first game and our hitting continued to impress."

In the first game, the Islanders came out swinging to the tune of 11 runs as they would go on to shutout St. Mary's University. Brittany Tucker and Kacie Smith both hit homeruns for the Islanders as they were part of an offensive onslaught pound out double-digits hits for the third-straight game during the fall season.

Addie Tallman started the game and Alex Hutchinson came on in relief to combine on a four-hitter against the Rattlers.

"I was pretty impressed with the hitting and pitching in the first game," said Schumann. "We have equal amounts of speed and power and it will be something that people are going to have to game plan against."

In game two, the Islanders were unable to display the same offensive power as in the first game in their first loss of the fall schedule. With TAMUCC leading 3-2 going into the final inning, Islander pitching gave up five runs in the top half to go down 7-3. They were able to start a rally but could produce just one run as they fell by the final of 7-4.

"We swung the bats ok but the pitching wasn't where it needed to be," said Schumann. "St. Mary's did a great job with the five-run seventh.

"We answered with a run in the bottom of the inning so I was proud of that."

Following the doubleheader, the Islanders took on former players in the programs annual alumni game. Coach Schumann had some anxious moments early on as he saw his current squad go down three runs after the top of the first inning. He would not have to worry however as they alumni pitching staff lacked depth, allowing his team to come back from the early deficit.

"They had us on the ropes," said Schumann jokingly. "They scored three early but they ran out of pitching in the first inning."

The Islanders would eventually go on to win by a 7-3 margin.

TAMUCC will go on to finish its fall schedule two weekends from now on Saturday, October 24 as they host Texas A&M International.