ISLANDERS PICK UP FIRST SOUTHLAND SWEEP WITH SHUTOUT OF LADY DEMONS
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team got its first Southland sweep of the season on Sunday, taking a 3-0 final over Northwestern State to close out the weekend.
The Islanders are no 23-11 on the year and 9-6 in Southland play, matching their win total from all of last season when they finished 23-31. The Lady Demons drop to 13-18 overall and 3-9 in the Southland Conference. Addie Tallman started the game and pitched five innings, giving up just two hits and no runs while walking one and striking out none. Elena Crabtree notched her fourth save of the season and now leads the league in both wins (13) and saves (4) to pull off a rare double for pitchers.
"We played solid this weekend, we just went out and did our business, scored enough runs to win and pitched well," said head coach Jake Schumann. "I was happy with the way that Elena and Addie threw this weekend."
Caley Jeter led the team by going 2-for-3 with an RBI while Hannah Schwarz added the only other RBI for the Islanders. Schwarz, Brittany Tucker, Kacie Smith and Lauren Sanders were the only other Islanders to get hits in the game.
After two scoreless innings, the Islanders got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. With one out, Sanders doubled past a diving third baseman and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Schwarz singled down the left field line to bring Sanders home and give TAMUCC a 1-0 lead. After stealing second base, Schwarz advanced to third on a Jeter single to put runners on the corners. Jeter then stole second and both runners moved up a base and allowed Schwarz to score on a Lady Demons passed ball to make it 2-0 in favor of the Islanders.
The Islanders added an insurance run in the fifth inning as Sanders led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts. That brought Jeter to the plate as she singled up the middle to bring Sanders home and make it 3-0 in favor of the home team.
Tallman kept the Lady Demons down all day, at one point retiring 11 straight batters before allowing a walk in the fifth inning. Crabtree came on in relief and pitched the final two innings while giving up just one hit and striking out two batters to pick up her fourth save of the season.
"The pitchers are getting better, they're hitting their spots," said Schumann. "That's their job, they're supposed to go out there and not let people score.
"As long as they keep doing their job we're going to be successful."
Next up for the Islanders is a Southland road series against league-leading Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches. The two teams will play a doubleheader next Friday starting at 1 PM and then a single game on Saturday, also beginning at 1 PM.