Islanders sweep Jaguars in non-conference doubleheader
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team picked up another pair of wins on Wednesday, taking 3-0 and 10-2 decisions over UH-Victoria at Chapman Field. The first game was relatively close while the home team took control in the second game and earned a run-rule victory in five innings.
The Islanders improve to 24-6 overall and head into the weekend with an 8-1 record in Southland Conference games. UH-Victoria fell to 15-9 on the year after the twin bill sweep.
Greta Cecchetti picked up a complete game shutout in game one to improve to 3-2 on the season. Game two had Constance Brandenburg starting to improve to 3-0 on the season while Vianca Pesina came on in relief for her first save of the year.
In game one, the Islanders picked up an unearned run when Lauren Sanders led off with a single up the middle and stole second base. After Kacie Smith reached on a fielding error by the third baseman the runners executed a double steal and forced a bad throw by the catcher that resulted in Sanders scoring from third for the first run of the game.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth. Cassie Redman started things off with a walk and came around to score on a pinch-hit triple by Caley Jeter. Sanders then singled home Jeter to make it a 3-0 contest.
Cecchetti did the rest, completing the three-hit shutout by allowing two hits but no runs in the final two frames for her third win of the season.
"The first game, we had trouble hitting their pitcher," said head coach Jake Schumann. "She ended up making a couple of mistakes and we hit them."
Sanders and Lauren Dodson each had two hits in the game while Jeter and Phillips had one apiece. Jeter and Sanders had the only two RBI in the game for the Islanders.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi put up five runs in the bottom of the second to take control of the game early on in the game. Dodson started it off with a single and moved to second on a Laura Phillips single to right before both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Dodson scored on a Stephanie Vead RBI when Vead reached on an error and advanced to second while Phillips also scored because of the error.
Jamise Jackson singled before Vead scored on a wild pitch while Jackson moved to second. Sandy Schumann followed with a triple to right center that plated Jackson and Schumann was driven home on a Sanders groundout to give her team a 5-0 lead and finish the scoring in the inning.
UHV picked up a pair of runs in the third on three hits and a walk to close the gap to 5-2. The Jaguars were threatening again in the fifth when Brandenburg was lifted for Pesina. The reliever came on and got the final two outs of the inning to end the threat.
"Constance struggled a little bit but got through it but they never got anything off the barrel against her," said Schumann. "We left her in some situations because we wanted to see how she was going to work out of it and she did a pretty good job."
The Islanders added insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth with another five runs against UHV. Vead started the action with a single through the right side and moved to second on a Jackson single. Schumann followed by reaching on an error by the second baseman that allowed Vead to score and Jackson to move to second.
Sanders followed with a single to left that brought Jackson home and moved Schumann to second before Redman singled on the infield to bring home Schumann and advance Sanders to third. Redman then stole second base before a Dodson single to left scored both runners to make it a 10-2 ballgame after four innings.
"Game two we had some pitches to hit and drove the ball," said Schumann. "When you struggle like we did in the first game it gives you a chance to kind of get on to some people and get back to fundamentals.
"Our kids are so coachable that they just go out there and execute."
Pesina closed out the game in the top of the fifth after walking one batter but allowing no hits to put the run-rule into effect.
IN the game, Dodson, Phillips and Jackson each finished with two hits while Sanders, Redman, Vead and Schumann had one apiece. Sanders and Dodson had two RBI each followed by Redman, Vead and Schumann with one run batted in on the game.
Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is a Southland Conference weekend series against Nicholls. The three-game set will be played on the road in Thibodaux, La. with a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a 12 p.m. first pitch for the single game on Sunday.