In her final home series of her Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball career, Margo Hurdt came up big for the Islanders in the second game of the doubleheader against UT Arlington, belting a two-run home run to straight-away centerfield to give her team a 6-4 win. The Islanders split the doubleheader after losing game one to the Mavericks by a 5-3 score.
The Islanders are now 31-20 overall and 12-14 in the Southland this year. The Mavericks moved to 26-21 on the year, 16-11 in league play. Hurdt also picked up the win in the circle for the Islanders to improve to 4-2 on the season. Addie Tallman started game one for the Islanders and took the loss to move to 12-7 on the season.
"I think Margo is embracing this last weekend at home," said head coach Jake Schumann. "She had a real good two games I thought.
"To come in and shut them down in the circle and then come up in the right opportunity to win the ballgame is lucky but she cashed in on the opportunity."
After falling in the first game, the Islanders struggled to find a rhythm in the second game of the day as UT Arlington jumped out to a quick lead again, scoring two runs in the first, and one each in the second and fifth innings to take a 4-0 lead.
The Islanders put a run on the board in bottom of the sixth when Cassie Redman led the inning off with a walk and advanced to second on a Hannah Schwarz bunt. Caley Jeter loaded the bases with a single down the left field line with Hurdt coming to the plate. Hurdt hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Redman and make it 4-1 in favor of the Mavericks. The Islanders were unable to get any more runs in the inning as they left the bases loaded on a strikeout to end the inning.
"Loading the bases has been frustrating all year because we don't do well driving in runners," said Schumann. "We should have won the first game and then we had an opportunity to win the second game earlier. It's just something we're going to have to get refocused on.
"It gets frustrating but when you win it, you forget about it a lot faster."
The Islanders made a furious comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning. Down to their final two outs, the Islanders scored three runs to knot it at 4-4 and send the game to extra innings. Lauren Sanders picked up a one-out single to start the rally while Redman singled down the left field line to put runners on first and second. Schwarz followed by reaching on an error by the first baseman to load the bases. That brought Jeter to the plate who responded with a single to left field to drive in Sanders and Redman while Schwarz scored on an error by the centerfielder that also allowed Jeter to move to third base and tie the game up.
After threatening in the bottom of the eighth, the Islanders finally scored the winning runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. After Jeter was hit by a pitch and stole second base, Hurdt stepped to the plate. Down to their final out of the inning, Hurdt took a 2-1 pitch over the centerfield wall to give the Islanders the win.
Hurdt led the team with three RBI while going 1-for-4 in the second game. Jeter picked up two hits and two RBI while Schwarz, Kacie Smith and Sanders each picked up two hits apiece. Meagan McKinney had one hit in the game for A&M-Corpus Christi.
In the first game of the day, the Mavericks started the scoring by picking up a single run in the top of the first inning. The Islanders responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame to make it 1-1. They started the rally with two outs as Jeter singled and was followed by a single from Hurdt to move up to third base. Another single, this time by Brittany Tucker, scored the first run of the game for A&M-Corpus Christi.
UT Arlington added a pair of runs in the top of the second and third innings while the Islanders responded with a single run in each inning to make it a 5-3 Maverick lead after three innings.
In the second inning, McKinney reached on a hit-by-pitch and stole second base to move into scoring position. A Sanders single moved McKinney to third while Sanders moved to second on a stolen base. Redman then drove in McKinney with an RBI groundout.
In the third, Jeter walked and then scored on a double down the right field line by Hurdt. Neither team was able to add to the scoring the rest of the way as the final score remained at 5-3 in favor of UT Arlington.
Hurdt and Tucker each had a pair of hits and one RBI for the Islanders to lead the team offensively. Redman had the only other RBI while Redman, Schwarz, Jeter, McKinney and Sanders each had one hit in game one.
The Islanders will conclude the series against UT Arlington on Sunday with a start time of 11 AM. The program will honor senior Hurdt, Tallman and Morgan Seals before the final home game of their college careers.
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