ISLANDERS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER OVER PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Prairie View - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team swept a pair of games over Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, taking a 12-2, five -inning win in game one and a 16-8 final in the second game of the day.
The Islanders improve to 27-17 on the season while the Panthers fall to 1-30 this year. Addie Tallman started the game and picked up her ninth win of the year to improve to 9-6 in game one and Elena Crabtree came on in relief during game two to move to 14-9 on the year.
The scoring started early in game one as the Islanders plated a run in the top of the first after Lauren Sanders singled to lead off the game, stole second base and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Hannah Schwarz. She came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Cassie Redman to make it 1-0 for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
They added to the lead in the top of the third, scoring four runs to take a 5-0 advantage. Schwarz and Redman led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Caley Jeter moved the pair over with a sacrifice bunt while Lauren Dodson brought both home with a single. Margo Hurdt singled to move Dodson to second and a Kacie Smith groundout moved Hurdt and Dodson to second and third. Sandy Schumann knocked in the other two runs with an RBI single to centerfield.
Sanders started off the fourth inning with a single and stole second before Redman doubled her home for a 7-0 lead. Jeter singled to put runners on first and third to bring up Hurdt, who hit a 1-1 pitch to straight away center field and give the Islanders a 10-0 lead.
Hurdt relieve Tallman in the bottom of the fourth inning and struggled with her control, surrendering two runs before Tallman came back in to finish the game.
The Islanders picked up another pair of runs in the top of the fifth when Dodson singled home Sanders and Schwarz with the bases loaded to give her team a 12-2 advantage. Tallman shut down the Panthers in the bottom half of the inning to claim the victory for the Islanders.
In all, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi collected 16 hits in the game while scoring 12 runs. Dodson led the way, going 3-for-3 with five RBI while Hurdt went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Redman and Schumann each added two RBI while each starter recorded at least one hit apiece. In addition to Dodson and Hurdt's multi-hit games, Sanders, Schwarz, Redman and Jeter had two each while Smith, Schumann and Landry Moore had one each.
In game two, the Islanders scored first with a run in the opening inning for a 1-0 lead. Moore reached on an error and moved to second when Jeter walked before Dodson brought Moore home with a double for her sixth RBI of the day.
The Panthers took their first lead of the day in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs on two hits and four walks by Seals. Crabtree came on in relief and got the first batter to line into a double play for the first two outs of the inning. She struck out the final batter of the inning to limit the damage to a 3-1 Panthers lead.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi regained the lead in the top of the second, scoring three runs on four hits to take a 4-3 advantage. Smith led the inning off with a double and scored on a Schumann single to left field. Schumann advanced to second on an error by the center fielder and scored on an Alejia Cain single with Cain moving to second on the throw home. Moore brought Cain home with an RBI double down the left field line to reclaim the lead at 4-3 for the Islanders.
They extended the lead with six more runs in the top of the third to take control of the game. Smith singled and came home on a Schumann double to open the scoring in the inning. Schumann advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home to score on a triple by Sanders over the right fielder's head. Cain followed with a double to score Sanders while Cain was brought home on a Moore single to right. After a Jeter walk advanced Moore to second and a passed ball advanced both runners to second and third, Dodson picked up her seventh and eighth RBI of the day on a single up the middle to make it a 10-3 score in favor of the Islanders.
Smith opened the top of the fourth with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kyrie Panter walked to put runners on the corners and Schumann singled home Smith while Panter moved to second. Sanders moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt with Panter eventually coming in to score on a Panthers wild pitch to make it 12-3 Islanders.
The Panthers scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to seven runs at 12-5.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi got the two runs back in the top of the sixth to extend their lead back to nine runs. Cain started the rally by drawing a walk with two outs in the inning and stealing second base. Moore brought her home with a double to left field and scored on a Jeter single to push the lead to 14-5.
PVAM picked up three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth, making it 14-8 and extending the game once again to avoid the mercy rule decision.
The Islanders got two runs back in the top of the seventh to finish the scoring at a 16-8 final. Alaina Byars pinch hit and scorched a double to left field. She moved over to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hurdt. Smith then stepped to the plate and hit a home run over the left field fence to make it 16-8.
Dodson, Moore and Schumann each picked up three RBI in game two while Cain had two and Sanders, Jeter, Hurdt and Smith had one RBI apiece. Smith was 4-for-5 on the day while Moore and Schumann both went 3-for-5 in the game.
Next up for the Islanders is a Southland Conference weekend series against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. The teams play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 PM with the final game scheduled for 12 PM on Sunday.