San Antonio - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team lost a 5-4 finale to UTSA in the opening Southland Conference series of the year. The Islanders threatened late but were unable to complete the comeback to fall to 1-2 in the series.
The Islanders are now 13-5 on the season overall and 1-2 in Southland Conference games. The Roadrunners improve to 6-11 on the year and 2-1 in Southland games. Elena Crabtree took the loss, her first of the year, to fall to 8-1 overall. She pitched six innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out none.
UTSA opened the game with three runs in the bottom of the first but the Islanders quickly answered in the second inning. With two runners on, Margo Hurdt hit her second home run in as many days to knot the score at 3-3 after two innings.
UTSA scored two more in the third to take a 5-3 lead that would hold steady until the final inning. In the top of the seventh, Kacie Smith led off with a home run to center field that closed the gap to just one run. The Islanders got runners on first and second base with two outs but were induced into a pop up to end the game.
Offensively, Smith recorded two hits while Hurdt, Meagan McKinney and Hannah Schwarz each picked up one. Hurdt had three RBI while Smith tallied the only other run driven in on the day. Cassie Redman saw her hitting streak snapped at 13 games, the second-longest in school history.
Next up for the Islanders are the Central Arkansas Bears on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday double header will start at 1 PM and the single game on Sunday will begin at 10 AM. Live stats and video will be available by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.