Honolulu, Hawai'i - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team split a pair of games on day two of the Hawai'i Paradise Classic, downing Southland rival McNeese State 2-1 in the early game before falling 9-0 in five innings to tournament host Hawai'i.
The Islanders move to 1-2 on the year after the second day of the season while McNeese fell to 1-1 and Hawai'i improved to 1-1 with Stanford still on tap later in the night.
In the early game, the Islanders and Cowgirls met for the first of several games this season. McNeese got on the board first, scoring a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Islanders answered right back in the top of the sixth inning. After a Caley Jeter double to right field, Margo Hurdt laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Jeter to third. Brittany Tucker followed it up with a single to right to score Jeter and knot the score at 1-1 late in the game.
After holding the Cowgirls scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, Megan McKinney played the part of the hero, knocking a solo home run over the right field fence to give the Islanders their first lead of the season. Despite getting into a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh, TAMUCC held on to take a 2-1 victory for their first win of the season.
Elena Crabtree went the distance for the Islanders, pitching seven innings and giving up just one run on five hits. She walked two while striking out four batters to improve to 1-0 on the season. McKinney and Tucker each had an RBI for the Islanders while McKinney was the only Islander with two hits in the game. Jeter, Tucker and Lauren Sanders were the other Islanders to pick up hits in the game.
In the second game, the Islanders and Warriors played a close game early on before the host team scored quickly to pick up a 9-0 win in five innings. The Warriors score two in the third and fourth innings and five in the fifth to end the game. Addie Tallman was tagged with the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. She pitched 3.2 innings, giving up four runs, three of them earned, on six hits while walking one and striking out one. Crabtree came on in relief, giving up five runs on five hits in one inning while striking out one.
The Islanders now move to bracket play on Saturday where they will play against a yet to be determined opponent.