March 24, 2011

No. 8 Texas takes down Islanders in softball doubleheader

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team lost a pair of close games to the No. 8 Texas Longhorns on Wednesday night in a midweek doubleheader. The Islanders lost 6-0 in game one before falling 2-0 in the nightcap.

The team is now 26-9 on the season after the twin bill loss while Texas improves to 26-3 this year.

Jordan Trujillo took the loss in game one to fall to 11-5 on the year. She pitched four innings while giving up six runs, five of them earned, on six hits with five walks and one strikeout. Vianca Pesina came on in relief to pitch two scoreless innings while giving up just two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Greta Cecchetti pitched a great game in the second half of the doubleheader, going all six innings while giving up just two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out one Longhorn batter. Her record moves to 4-3 on the year with the loss.

In the second game of the day, the Islanders were unable to get any offense going, getting just one hit from Sandy Schumann in the first inning.

The Longhorns picked up single runs in the second and sixth innings on their way to a 2-0 victory. Cecchetti pitched a great game against one of the elite teams in the nation, giving up just one run on four hits in the first five innings before giving up another single run on three hits in the bottom of the sixth.

It would be all Texas would need however, as Rachel Fox gave up just one hit and struck out 12 batters while walking only two batters to improve to 11-1 on the year.

In game one, the Islanders threatened in the first inning, having runners on first and third with one out, but were unable to bring the runners home.

The Longhorns scored their first run in the bottom half of the inning, as Texas A&M - Corpus Christi nearly got out of the inning, but a diving catch attempt by Lauren Sanders popped out of her glove to allow a runner to score from third to make it a 1-0 game.

Texas added two in the third and three in the fourth to stretch their lead. It would end up being the final score as UT took game one by a 6-0 final.

The Islanders managed just three hits against the reigning National Player of the Week Blaire Luna, who improved her record to 15-2. Caley Jeter, Meagan McKinney and Laura Phillips had one single each for the offense.

Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is a weekend Southland Conference series at Chapman Field. The Islanders will host the Bobcats in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday and conclude the series with a single game at 12 p.m. on Sunday.

Live stats and video will be available by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.