The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team picked up its 24th and 25th wins of the season on Wednesday afternoon at Chapman Field with a 4-0 game one win over Prairie View A&M before coming back with a 17-0, five-inning win in the second game of the day.
"It was a good day, some of our kids that don't get a chance to play every day got a chance today and responded really well," said head coach Jake Schumann. "Sandy Schumann played really well behind the plate and Landry Moore played exceptional behind the plate."
TAMUCC improves to 25-14 overall and betters their win total from last season when they won just 23 games the entire year. The Panthers fall to 1-26 on the year. Morgan Seals saw her first action of the season and pitched 6.0 innings, giving up no runs on two hits with four strikeouts and six walks to move to 1-0 on the season. In game two, Addie Tallman pitched a five inning complete game, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out four to move to 8-5 on the year.
"For Morgan to go out and throw a two hitter was good for her," said Schumann. "Anytime we can get everybody some playing time and have success with it is a good day."
Neither team was able to get on the board through three and a half innings before the Islanders picked up three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take control of the game. Lauren Dodson led off the inning with a ground-rule double and advanced to third on a groundout. Sandy Schumann reached on an RBI fielder's choice to score Dodson and came all the way around on a Panthers error on the same play to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team. Kyrie Panter then walked and stole second base before coming home on a Lauren Sanders RBI single to give the Islanders a 3-0 lead.
TAMUCC added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Caley Jeter doubled to left field and advanced to third on an Alaina Byars flyout to centerfield. Dodson then brought Jeter home with a sacrifice fly to right field to make it 4-0 Islanders.
Seals pitched into the seventh inning before Margo Hurdt came on to get the final three outs and record her first save of the season.
Alejia Cain, Hannah Schwarz and Sanders led the team with two hits apiece. Dodson, Schumann and Sanders each record one RBI for the Islanders.
In game two, the Islanders came out of the gates quickly, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first and two each in the second and third and coasted to an 8-0 run-rule victory in five innings. Addie Tallman picked up her eighth win of the season to improve to 8-5 on the year.
Cassie Redman led off the game with a hit-by-pitch and moved to second on a bunt single by Cain. The runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch and Kacie Smith walked to load the bases. Meagan McKinney reached on a fielder's choice and Redman scored on an error by the third baseman to score the first run of the game. Byars picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice to bring Cain home while Smith was thrown out at third base. Landry Moore doubled down the left field line to score McKinney and Byars eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
After scoring two each in the second and third innings, the Islanders put up nine runs in the bottom of the fourth as the first eight batters reached before an out was recorded. After a sacrifice fly by Cain with the bases loaded was recorded, Smith hit an inside-the-park home run to clear the bases and put the lead at 17-0 in favor of the Islanders.
Smith was a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBI in the second game, coming up a double short of the cycle after hitting a single, triple and a home run. Moore also had three hits while McKinney, Schumann and Melissa Casey had two hits apiece. Cain, Byars and Panter had one hit each for the Islanders. In addition to Smith's four RBI, Byars, Moore and Panter had two RBI each while Cain, Schumann and Casey added one each.
Next up for the Islanders is a Southland Conference series against Sam Houston State at Chapman Field. The two teams will play a doubleheader this coming Saturday beginning at 1 PM with a single game slated for an 11 AM start on Sunday.