February 21, 2010

SOFTBALL VICTORIOUS TWICE ON SATURDAY IN ISLANDER CLASSIC

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team resumed play Saturday at the Islander Classic following the rain out that halted play on Friday. The Islanders won twice defeating Boston College 3-1 to win their second game against an ACC opponent in as many games and taking down Southern 11-0 in five innings on Saturday.

The Islanders are now 6-3 after picking up another pair of victories in the second day of games at the tournament. Elena Crabtree beat Boston College and Addie Tallman downed Southern to each pick up a victory. Crabtree improved to 4-0 on the season while Tallman evened her record to 2-2 on the year.

After winning by a close score in their first game TAMUCC used the long ball to turn away the Jaguars in the nightcap. The game was scoreless until Brittany Tucker and Margo Hurdt hit back-to-back homers to open the fourth to make it 2-0 Islanders.

"It took us some time to get used to the pitch speed and our kids did a good job of adjusting in that fourth inning," said head coach Jake Schumann. "When kept the bat back, we hit three home runs to right center.

"That was just a good testament to them making an adjustment to different pitching."

Tucker followed late in the inning with a game-clinching grand slam to make it 8-0 and put the mercy rule into effect. With the game no longer in doubt, Sandy Schumann ended the scoring in the fourth with a three-run homer, the first of her collegiate career.

"That's the type of play Brittany is, that's why we got her, to get big hits like that" said Schumann. "She was struggling earlier in the day and was kind of tentative so I told her I needed her to be a little more ferocious with her swing.

"Obviously it doesn't get more ferocious than that."

Tallman pitched all five innings, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out none.

In the early game, A&M-Corpus Christi struck first in the third inning against Boston College, scoring a run when Hannah Schwarz got on base and stole second to get in scoring position. Caley Jeter singled in Schwarz for the first run of the game. The Eagles evened up the score up in the top of the fourth inning.

The Islanders took the lead for good in the fifth with timely offense, scoring two runs on two hits and one Eagles error. Cassie Redman reached on a single and advanced to second when Hannah Schwarz reached on an error. Jeter then walked to load the bases.

After Redman was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice, Kacie Smith singled through the left side to score Schwarz and Jeter and put it at a 3-1 score. Crabtree continued to shut down the BC attack, holding them to just one hit and no runs the final two innings to take the game by a 3-1 final.

"I was pretty happy we beat BC, that's good confidence for us to go win a game over a big school twice in three days," said head coach Jake Schumann. "That's big for us even though we didn't have the offensive output we would have like.

"We stayed in it mentally when we had opportunities to score but weren't able to take advantage."

Crabtree pitched all seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits in the contest. She walked two batters while striking out three Eagles.

"Elena held a very good hitting team down," said Schumann. "We pitched well, played defense and got the hits when we needed to today."

The Islanders finish up play in the tournament on Sunday when they take on Southern once again. Action starts at 10 AM when Boston College and Southern play and then the Islanders game against the Jaguars is scheduled for a 12 PM first pitch. Live stats and a webcast of the TAMUCC game will be available free on www.GoIslanders.com.