March 20, 2011

Islanders take 3-1 victory over Nicholls to win weekend series

THIBODAUX, La. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team picked up another Southland Conference series win on Sunday, taking a 3-1 final over the Nicholls Colonels to win two-of-three on the weekend.

The Islanders improve to 26-7 on the season and reached double-digit wins in conference with a 10-2 league record. The Colonels fall to 8-16 this year and 2-6 in Southland games.

Jordan Trujillo pitched a complete game to improve her record to 11-4 on the season. She allowed just one unearned run on five hits while walking one batter and striking out eight in the game, her second-highest total of the season.

Lauren Sanders led the offensive attack for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi while going 3-for-3 in the game. Hannah Schwarz had two hits in the game, including her fourth bunt single of the series. Sandy Schumann, Kacie Smith, Lauren Dodson and Laura Phillips each had one hit in the game. Dodson added two of the teams RBI while Jamise Jackson had the only other one in the game.

In the first inning, Schwarz led off the game with a bunt single, her fourth bunt single of the weekend, to reach first base. Schumann hit a fly out and Caley Jeter grounded out to move Schwarz to second but put the Islanders down to their final out of the inning.

Smith reached on a walk to bring Dodson to the plate. Dodson then hit a 1-2 pitch to the left center field wall for a double to score both Schwarz and Smith and give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth when Nicholls scored a single run on an RBI double by Katie Holmes, her seventh RBI of the series, to make it a 2-1 ballgame.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi extended the lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth win one run on two hits to put the margin back at two runs. Phillips started it off with a double to center field and was then pinch-run for by Cassie Redman. Sanders followed with a single to move Redman to third and put runners on the corners. After Sanders stole second base to put runners at second and third, Jackson came to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Redman to score and make it a 3-1 game.

Trujillo did the rest, allowing just one hit over the final two innings to secure her 11th win of the season.

Next up for the Islanders is a pair of midweek games against No. 12 Texas. The two teams will play on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. in Austin.

Live stats and audio for the doubleheader against the Longhorns will be available by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.