College Station - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team picked up a big non-conference win on Tuesday night, downing the No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Islanders lost an 8-0 in the nightcap.
The Islanders move to 16-7 on the season while the Aggies are now 17-6 on the year.
Margo Hurdt came on in relief in the fifth inning of game one to pick up her second win of the season and move to 2-1 on the year. Elena Crabtree started the game but did not finish it for the first time all season, going a total of six innings and giving up just three runs on eight hits.
"We played really relaxed, had solid defense and put pressure on them," said head coach Jake Schumann. "Brittney had a big day at the plate for us."
The Islanders took the early lead, getting an unearned run when Hannah Schwarz reached on an error, allowing Hurdt to score from third for the early 1-0 lead. TAMUCC added to the lead in the fourth, scoring another run on a Brittany Tucker lead-off home run to make it 2-0 Islanders.
Texas A&M evened the score in the bottom half of the fourth when the Aggies hit a two-run home run to knot it at 2-2 heading into the final three innings.
TAMUCC regained the lead in the top of the sixth, scoring another pair of runs started off by a Meagan McKinney double. Kacie Smith moved McKinney to third on a sacrifice bunt and Tucker brought her home on a single to left field and advanced to second on a fielding error by the left fielder. Kyrie Panter came in to pinch run for Tucker and advanced to third when Hurdt reached on an error by the third baseman. Lauren Sanders singled up the middle to bring Panter home and make it 4-2 in favor of the Islanders.
The Aggies threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning but could only get one with the bases loaded as the Islanders picked up its first win of the year over a ranked opponent.
"Our table setters set the table and everyone did their jobs," said Schumann. "It's always a feather in your cap anytime you can beat top 25 team."
In the second game, Addie Tallman was unable to keep the Aggie batters down, going just two innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits. Hurdt came on in relief and did a better job, giving up just two runs, one earned, on four hits in two innings while walking three.
"I didn't like our approach in game two, we made wholesale changes and had a lot of people play, but it seemed like we didn't have that fight."
Tucker finished with two RBI on two hits in the first game while Caley Jeter went 2-for-2 in the second game to lead the Islanders effort. Sanders had the other RBI in game one for TAMUCC.
TAMUCC returns to Southland Conference play this weekend against Nicholls at Chapman Field. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 PM and then a single game on Sunday with a 11 AM first pitch.
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