April 21, 2011

Islanders split twin bill against Houston Baptist to close non-conference play

HOUSTON, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team picked up a split against Houston Baptist on Wednesday, taking a 1-0 game on a Brittany Tucker homer in the first contest while falling 4-3 in extra innings against HBU in the second game of the day.

The Islanders are now 35-14 overall while the Huskies moved to 28-21 on the season. Vianca Pesina picked up both pitching decisions, winning game one to reach 11 wins while falling in game two after coming on in relief to move to 11-5 on the season.

Game one was a low-scoring affair with just one run scored between both teams.

In the top of the second, the Islanders would take the lead on a Tucker solo home run, her first since March 12 against Central Arkansas. On a full count, she hit the 3-2 pitch over the right field wall for a 1-0 lead.

Pesina shut the Huskies down the rest of the way, giving up just two hits in the game to record her fourth shutout of the season. She struck out one batter while walking one in the game.

In game two, the Islanders were unable to pick up the sweep, taking an early lead but coming up short in extra innings.

In the first inning Texas A&M - Corpus Christi scored a run when Lauren Sanders walked and moved to third on a Caley Jeter double with one out. Stephanie Vead drove Sanders home with and RBI-groundout to second for a 1-0 advantage.

The Islanders added a run onto the lead with Sanders reaching on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a stolen base. Jeter then drove Sanders home on an RBI single to make it a 2-0 score.

The Huskies scored their first run in the fourth and then took their first lead of the day in the bottom of the fifth with two runs to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi came back with a run in the top of the sixth when Jamise Jackson walked with two outs and Kacie Smith pinch-ran for Jackson. Smith then stole second base and came around to score when Cassie Redman reached on an error by the second baseman to tie it at 3-3 headed to the seventh.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the ninth inning when HBU scored a run on an RBI double by Mollye Mlcak for her third hit of the game.

The Islanders must now turn their focus back to the Southland Conference race with McNeese State coming to town this weekend. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 p.m. while starting a single game at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

It will also be senior day on Saturday for Lauren Dodson, Kacie Smith, Brittany Tucker, Caley Jeter and Lauren Sanders. The five players will be honored before the start of the game for their time on the Island.

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