April 9, 2011

Islanders pitching shut down Stephen F. Austin in doubleheader sweep

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team scored just three runs in two games on Saturday but came away with a doubleheader sweep after 2-0 and 1-0 victories over Stephen F. Austin. The win and a UT Arlington loss moved the team back into first place of the Southland Conference standings.

The Islanders are now 33-10 overall and 17-3 in league play. The team surpassed their Southland win total of 16 last year with the pair of wins. The Ladyjacks fall to 8-28 overall and 4-13 in conference games.

It was the pitching that secured the wins for the Islanders as both Greta Cecchetti and Vianca Pesina pitched complete-game shut outs against SFA. Cecchetti went seven innings while giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out six batters to move to 7-3 on the year. Pesina went the full seven as well, giving up just four hits and one walk while striking out a pair of SFA hitters to reach double digit wins at 10-2.

In the opening game, the Islanders were able to muster just three hits but picked up two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 win. Hannah Schwarz led off with a walk and moved to second on a Lauren Sanders single. Caley Jeter was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Schwarz came home to score on a wild pitch as Jeter and Sanders moved to second and third. Sanders came home on a sacrifice fly by Lauren Dodson to make it a 2-0 score.

Cecchetti did the rest as she allowed just three hits and no runs to stifle the Ladyjacks offense.

Sanders, Dodson and Cassie Redman had the only hits for the Islanders while Dodson picked up the lone RBI.

In game two, it was much the same as the first as pitching dominated play. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi scored just one run in the bottom of the sixth to secure a 1-0 victory.

Pesina kept the SFA attack off the mark while giving up four hits as the two teams were deadlocked into a 0-0 score through the first five innings. In the bottom of the sixth, the Islanders finally broke through to put a run on the board.

With two outs in the inning, Redman singled on a bunt and moved to second on a wild pitch. That brought Jamise Jackson to the plate who hit a 2-2 pitch past the first baseman for an RBI single and a 1-0 lead for her team.

Pesina closed out the seventh with a three up, three down inning for her 10th win of the year.

Jeter led the offense with two hits while Sanders, Kacie Smith, Redman and Jackson each had one hit apiece. Jackson collected the only RBI in the game.

The two teams will wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m. at Chapman Field. Live stats and video will be available by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.