Islanders beat Arkansas 4-0 to secure Islanders Classic Championship
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - After waiting five years for its next win over an SEC opponent, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball program just had to wait one more day as they downed the Arkansas Razorbacks for the second time in as many days, winning 4-0 to take the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Islanders Classic Championship. Earlier in the day the team saw Vianca Pesina hurl a no-hit, five-inning shutout as they run-ruled Texas Southern by a 12-0 final.
The Islanders completed the weekend undefeated, improving to 10-5 with five wins over the teams in the Islanders Classic field. Jordan Trujillo also picked up her second win in as many days over the Razorbacks, tossing a complete game shutout, giving up just four hits and one walk while striking out five Arkansas batters. She is now 5-2 on the year after picking up two wins in the tournament.
"I thought we pitched well all weekend," said head coach Jake Schumann. "They were a little upset with themselves yesterday when they missed a spot.
"I can't remember one time today that either Vianca or Jordan missed a pitch."
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was limited to just four hits as well, but they made the most of two Razorback errors in the first inning to score all of their runs in the game.
"I thought overall that our effort was outstanding today," said Schumann. "We swung well in the first game and did what we had to in the second game to get the win."
Hannah Schwarz led the inning off with a walk and moved to second on an infield single by Cassie Redman. Caley Jeter then reached on an error to load the bases ahead of a walk to Lauren Dodson that brought in the first run of the game and keep the bases loaded for Brittany Tucker. She hit a 3-2 pitch through the left side for a single, bringing home Redman to make it 2-0 with each runner moving up a base. With one out in the inning, Lauren Sanders singled home Jeter while Dodson came home on an error to make it 4-0 after one inning.
"That's our game, that's why we have slap hitters and speed," said Schumann. "Our hitters are going to get on either by getting a hit, drawing a walk or on an error.
"Once we got our speedsters on, the middle of the lineup was able to manufacture some runs."
It was all the team would need, as Trujillo held Arkansas in check the rest of the way. She gave up two hits in both the third and sixth innings, but she held them scoreless throughout to record her second complete game shutout of the year.
"When Jordan is on the opponent is not hitting it very hard," said Schumann. "It makes it easier on our defense when she is pitching like she did today."
Redman, Dodson, Tucker and Sanders each had one hit apiece while Tucker and Sanders had the only RBI for their team. Schwarz, Dodson and Tucker each drew one walk on the day.
"Overall it was just a good weekend," said Schumann. "We were all mentally focused throughout whole weekend in on our defense, pitching and hitting."
Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will be a Southland Conference series on Tuesday and Wednesday at Chapman Field. First pitch on Tuesday will be at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader scheduled. The teams will play a single game at 12 p.m. on Wednesday.