October 1, 2010

Islanders softball team begins fall schedule with pair of weekend games

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball will see how they stack up against live competition this weekend when they see their first game action of the fall. The team will travel to Houston to play Blinn Junior College at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday before finishing the day with a 2:30 p.m. game against Galveston College.

With the Islanders bringing back nearly the entire lineup that led the Southland Conference in hitting last year, head coach Jake Schumann wants to see where his team stands compared to last year on the offensive side and how much they have improved their pitching.

"It's always been my thing to play a game against an opponent the first week we start practice to see where we are at," said Schumann. "Obviously Blinn and Galveston are two of the top junior colleges in the state.

"They have already been playing for a month and have 5-10 games under their belt. We're hoping they are going to give us a pretty good run, and allow us to get a good assessment on what we need to work on in the next five weeks of practice."

With the addition of pitching coach Lisa Norris to the staff as well as a completely new lineup of pitchers, the Islanders will be looking to see where they stand on improving the pitching performance from a season ago.

"That's my whole goal for this fall, to see how well our pitchers adapt to what Coach Norris is trying to do," said Schumann. "I'm really excited to watch them pitch against some other competition."

While he is anxious to see how his pitching performs, Schumann is confident in the abilities of his hitters and expects them to do well against real competition.

"As far as hitting, we are going to be as good as we want to be if we are willing to do extra work and put in the time like we did last year," said Schumann. "We can't just sit back on our laurels and think that it is just going to come and just happen.

"Maybe if we struggle a little bit this weekend that will be a good thing for us. If we don't, that will also be good because we will know that we are right on track."

After the first weekend of play, the Islanders will have the next week off before hosting St. Edward's on Oct. 16 at Chapman Field.