March 3, 2010

SOFTBALL EARNS SPLIT WITH UTSA ON FIRST DAY OF SOUTHLAND PLAY

San Antonio - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team saw its winning streak snapped in the first game of the day against UTSA and got back on the winning track in the nightcap on the first day of Southland Conference action. The Islanders lost 12-2 in five innings against the Roadrunners and got back into the win column with a 6-3 win in the second game of the night.

The Islanders are now 13-4 overall on the year and 1-1 in Southland games. UTSA moves to 5-11 overall and 1-1 in Southland games.

Elena Crabtree started the second game and moved to 8-0 on the year after pitching seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Addie Tallman started the first game and absorbed the loss to fall to 4-3 on the season after lasting just two innings, giving up 10 runs, only one earned, on seven hits and three walks without striking out a UTSA batter.

"We didn't do any of the three phases of the game, hitting, pitching or defense," said head coach Jake Schumann. "We did a complete 180 in the second game and got a good win."

Brittany Tucker followed up her Hitter of the Week award with a home run and two RBI in the first game while Margo Hurdt picked up her second homer of the season in the second game while also adding two RBI. Cassie Redman kept her hitting streak alive to move to 13 games in-a-row, the second-longest in school history.

After producing just two runs and two hits in the first game, the Islander offense took advantage of opportunities with 10 hits and six runs in the second game. In the first inning, Hannah Schwarz led off the inning with walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Schwarz came around to score when Lauren Sanders singled and reached third on an error by the left fielder, allowing Schwarz to come all the way home. UTSA matched the run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 1-1 early on.

The Islanders quickly took the lead back in the second with two runs to make it 3-1 after two innings. Tucker led off with a walk and was followed by a Hurdt double to come home. Lauren Dodson laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Hurdt over while Schwarz reached on a fielding error by UTSA that allowed Hurdt to score.

TAMUCC added another run in the fourth when Hurdt reached on a fielder's choice, advanced on a Redman single and scored on a Schwarz single down the left field line. The final runs came in the sixth when Hurdt led off the inning with a home run, her second of the season, and Redman singled before eventually being brought home to make it 6-1 in favor of the Islanders. UTSA added a pair of runs on a home run in the bottom half of the inning but could get no more.

"They did a great job of doing well in all three phases of the game in the second game," said Schumann. "They put the first one behind them and came out and played well."

There was little drama in the second game, save for Redman extending her streak on what turned out to be the last at-bat of the game for either team. She was thrown out on the base paths following her single in the fifth inning to end the game by a 12-2 mercy rule loss. The only other hit in the game for TAMUCC was a Tucker two-run home run in the second inning that briefly made it 3-2 UTSA before the floodgates opened with seven unearned runs following an Islander error at the start of the inning.

"We might have needed the first game as a little wakeup call that we aren't going to get 10 hits every game," said Schumann. "We have to play well all around or that is what can happen to you."

In the first game, Tucker had a two-run home run and Redman singled for the only two hits. The second game saw seven different Islanders get a hit, with Hurdt, Redman and Caley Jeter picking up two apiece. Schwarz, Sanders, Tucker and Kacie Smith had one each. Hurdt had two RBI while Schwarz had the only other RBI for the Islanders.

The two teams play the final game of the series on Wednesday at 1 PM at Roadrunner Field. Live stats will be available by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.