April 22, 2011

Islanders host Cowgirls in final home series of the year

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team will play host to the McNeese State Cowgirls on Friday and Saturday in a three-game Southland Conference series at Chapman Field. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 p.m. while concluding the series with a 12 p.m. single game on Saturday.

The Islanders come into the game with a 35-14 record and are currently 18-6 in the Southland Conference. McNeese State is 22-22 overall with a 12-9 mark in league contests.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi comes off of a doubleheader split against Houston Baptist in their final non-conference games of the year. The Cowgirls lost a 4-2 game in nine innings against nationally-ranked LSU at Cowgirl Diamond.

Hannah Schwarz is the Islanders top hitter with a .381 average and is tied for the team lead with two triples. Caley Jeter is hitting .338 with 10 doubles and a team-high 34 RBI. Kacie Smith is tied for the team lead with 34 RBI and a team-high five home runs. Lauren Sanders is second on the team with a .364 batting average.

In the circle, Greta Cecchetti leads the team with a 1.83 ERA to go along with a seven wins. Jordan Trujillo has a team-high 13 wins to go along with her 2.59 ERA while Vianca Pesina has 11 wins and a 2.20 ERA.

MSU is led in hitting by Katie Shumaker with a .337 batting average in 83 at-bats. Molly Guidry is second on the team with a .317 mark in 126 at-bats. Guidry leads the team with seven home runs and 32 RBI while being a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases. Claire Terracina has a Southland-leading 27 stolen bases while hitting .298 on the season.

Kayla Shepherd is 13-13 on the season with a 2.57 ERA to lead the Cowgirls in the circle. Meagan Bond is 8-7 with a 2.94 ERA.

Saturday will mark the final home game for five senior and will be Senior Day for two-year players Brittany Tucker, Lauren Dodson, Kacie Smith, Caley Jeter along with four-year Islanders player Lauren Sanders. The players will be honored before the start of the contest.

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be collecting new shoes for children and families worldwide in partnership with Samaritan's Feet during the series. Fans are encouraged to bring a pair of new athletic shoes to these events to help the cause. A table will be set up near the entrance to Chapman Field for supporters wishing to contribute. If fans are unable to attend one of the games, they can still do their part by texting the word SHOES to 85944 to make a $10 donation.

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