March 4, 2011

Softball looks to continue unbeaten start in Southland Conference play

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team will look to continue its hot start in Southland Conference play this weekend when they host the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions at Chapman Field. The Islanders swept UTSA earlier in the week while SELA will be playing its first conference series of the year.

The team comes into the series with a record of 13-5 on the season and is 3-0 in league play. They come into the weekend with an eight-game winning streak. The Lady Lions are 7-8 on the season.

Offensively, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is led in average by Hannah Schwarz at an even .400 on the season while Brittany Tucker is second on the team with a .342 average. Tucker also leads the squad with 15 RBI on the year, including picking up five in the final game against UTSA. Seven batters in the starting lineup have over a .300 average and hit .285 as a team this season.

Jordan Trujillo leads the pitchers with a 7-2 record while sporting a 2.72 ERA. Vianca Pesina leads the team with a 2.37 ERA and is 4-1 on the year coming into the weekend. Constance Brandenburg has recorded two saves this season while Greta Cecchetti has one during the year.

"Pitching has done a great job of keeping us in the game when we are only scoring three or four runs," said head coach Jake Schumann. "We have been able to get wins even when we aren't hitting.

"We're nowhere near where we need to be in all aspects of the game. We are happy with where we are at offensively, defensively and pitching, but we still have some work to do."

The Lady Lions are led by Kelsey Nichols and her .413 batting average. As a team, they are hitting .273 this season. Nichols also leads the team in RBI with eight and is tied with two other hitters for the team home run lead at two on the year.

SELA has a 4.74 ERA in the circle this season and is led in pitching by Bailey Zievert with a 3-0 record and 1.17 ERA. Morse Browne has a record of 3-2 and an ERA of 3.15 as the second pitcher for the Lady Lions.

"When you look at Southeastern, you're looking at an offensive-minded team and a team that won't quit," said Schumann. "They're improved; they got the Gatorade State Player of the Year out of Louisiana as their #1 pitcher.

"Obviously she is going to be their go-to girl this weekend so we're going to have to bring our A-game."

Game times will be 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, with a 12 p.m. first pitch for the game on Sunday. All games will be played at Chapman Field and will be available through live stats and video streaming by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.