March 7, 2010

ISLANDERS SWEEP UCA IN SOUTHLAND DOUBLEHEADER

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team showed it could win multiple ways Saturday afternoon in sweeping a doubleheader from Southland Conference foe Central Arkansas. The Islanders won the opener 2-1 in extra innings before run ruling the Bears 13-5 in the second game.

With the sweep the Islanders move to 3-2 in the Southland Conference and are now 15-5 on the year. UCA drops to 6-12 overall and 0-2 in the Southland.

"It was a good day today," said Islander coach Jake Schumann. "We played clean, after a tough first game our bats really came alive in the second game. It was nice to see Dodson have a big game after she made some adjustments. Margo also had some big hits for us in both games today."

Margo Hurdt led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a double to left and scored on a bunt single by Hannah Schwarz as the Islanders handed Central Arkansas a 2-1 loss in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Chapman Field.

Hurdt lined her second double of the afternoon to left and moved to third on a single Lauren Dodson. Schwarz then came through with her team-best third hit of the game to break the tie.

Central Arkansas struck first with a run in the top of the first innings. Candice Gauntt led off the inning with an infield hit and stole second. After moving to third on a ground out, the Bears lead-off hitter crossed the plate on grounder by Kasey Britt.

The Islanders, who left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, tied the game in the third. With two away, Caley Jeter singled down the line in right. She advanced to third on one of two errors on the afternoon by UCA shortstop Preslie Long as Meagan McKinney reached base. She scored on a throwing error by catcher Melanie Bryant, who was attempting to throw out McKinney on a steal attempt.

Neither team would strike again until Hurdt scored the game winning run in the eighth despite combining to strand 12 runners in the final 4-1/2 innings.

Elaina Crabtree earned the win moving to 9-1 on the season. She allowed four hits in eight innings of work with a walk and a strikeout. Kelsie Armstrong suffered the loss. She permitted two runs with one earned on eight hits, while walking four and striking out four.

Joining Schwarz with multiple hits in game one were Hurdt and Jeter who each had a pair of hits. Gauntt had three of the Bears four hits.

In game two, the Islanders took a 1-0 in the bottom of the second. With one away, Hurdt drew a base on balls. She came around to score from first on a double by Lauren Dodson.

A&M-Corpus Christi tried to break open the game in the bottom of the fourth with four runs on four hits. With one away, Hurdt roped a double that barely missed being a home run by centimeters and scored as Dodson lined her second two-base hit of the game. Sandy Schumann lined a double down the left-field line to plate Dodson.

Bradie Baker relieved Holli Hill and walked Hannah Schwarz on four straight pitches. With two away, Jeter singled up the middle scoring Schwarz for a 5-1 lead.

The Bears responded in the top of the fifth as Cassidy Rash hit a three-run home run to right-center field off Addie Tallman. It was Rash's second homer of the season and pulled her team within two at 5-3.

Dodson and the Islanders would break open the game in their next two at bats. The junior, who finished with seven RBI in the second game, would belt a two-run home run in the fifth.

UCA pulled back to within a pair of runs at 7-5 in the top of the sixth.

A&M-Corpus Christi finished the Bears off in the bottom of the sixth sending 11 batters to the plate as they scored six runs to end the game with the eight-run rule. Jeter had a two-run single inning, while Dodson roped a three-run double. Jeter finished with four RBI as she and Dodson accounted for 11 of the 13 runs.

Dodson finished 4-for-4, while Redman added three hits as TAMUCC pounded out 13 hits.

Addie Tallman earned her fifth win of the season for the Islanders. She scattered eight hits and struck out three batters.

The series concludes with a single game Sunday at 10 a.m.