February 24, 2011

Softball opens Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Islanders Classic with run-rule win over Texas Southern

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team got back on the winning track with an 8-0 six-inning run-rule victory over Texas Southern in the opening game of the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Islanders Classic on Thursday. The Islanders will take on the other two teams in the tournament tomorrow, playing Rutgers in a 1 p.m. contest and finishing the day off at 3 p.m. against Arkansas.

The win moves Texas A&M - Corpus Christi to 6-5 on the season while Texas Southern now sits at 4-7 on the year. Greta Cecchetti went the distance, giving up no runs and just two hits in six innings while striking out eight with one walk.

"We needed Greta to come out and have confidence today," said head coach Jake Schumann. "She added another pitch to her repertoire this week to help her out.

"She went out there, threw strikes and had success today."

Caley Jeter and Kacie Smith had two RBI each for the Islanders while Laura Phillips and Jamise Jackson had one apiece.

"I thought we had a good plan at the plate," said Schumann. "We were looking for pitches over the plate to hit instead of chasing out of the zone and we got them today.

"We hit line drives and ground balls instead of trying to hit fly balls. Even our outs were ground balls and line-drive outs and we had bunch of hits so that is a positive thing."

The Islanders started the scoring with a single run in the first as Jeter doubled to right field with two outs and scored on a Smith RBI-single up the middle to make it 1-0 for the home team.

In the second inning, Phillips singled through the right side and came all the way around to score on an RBI-double by Jackson to make it 2-0 in favor of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.

In the fourth, Lauren Dodson walked and stole second base before coming around to score on a Phillips double to left for another run to make it 3-0.

Hannah Schwarz and Cassie Redman started the fifth inning with back-to-back infield singles and advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Jeter. A Smith sacrifice fly to left made the score 4-0 after five innings.

The Islanders erupted in the sixth, with Sandy Schumann and Phillips walking to open the inning. Jackson laid down a bunt single and advanced to second on an error by the pitcher while Schumann scored on the error and Phillips moved to third. Stephanie Vead reached on a fielder's choice while Phillips was caught off of third base for the first out.

Vead and Jackson moved up a base on a wild pitch ahead of a Schwarz bunt single to load the bases. Redman then reached on a fielder's choice while Jackson was thrown out at home plate for the second out of the inning. Vead then scored on a wild pitch while Schwarz moved to third and Redman made her way to second.

That setup the final play of the game, a 1-1 pitch that Jeter hit to center field to score Schwarz and Redman to make it an 8-0 final in six innings.

Now the Islanders must turn their attention to Friday where they will face both Rutgers and Arkansas. Schumann hoped to keep his team focused on the things they can control when they go out and play the game.

"We have to stay within ourselves and stay on top the ball," said Schumann. "We want to hit line drives and ground balls while not deviating from the game plan."

Live stats and video will be available for all games of the second day of the Islanders Classic by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.