Islanders drop doubleheader against UT Arlington on first day of series

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team lost a pair of games by 7-0 and 3-1 scores on Saturday against the UT Arlington Mavericks that setup a Sunday showdown that will determine the Southland Conference Championship. The two teams will play a single game at 1 p.m. that will see one claim a title and the #1 seed in the conference tournament.

The Islanders fell to 37-17 overall and 20-9 in the Southland following the games. UTA improved to 33-22 with an identical 20-9 mark in league play. Jordan Trujillo took the loss in game one to fall to 14-7 on the season while Vianca Pesina absorbed a defeat to move to 12-5 on the year.

After losing the first game, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi tried to rally late against the Mavericks in the second game of the day.

UTA scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the second after two Islanders errors and two UTA hits made it a 2-0 game in favor of the home team.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi got an unearned run of their own in the top of the fourth when Caley Jeter led off with a single and stole second base. Two-straight outs had them down to their final out and Kacie Smith popped up to shallow right field, but an error by the right fielder allowed Jeter to come around to score and make it a 2-1 game.

UTA added a single run in the bottom of the sixth to extend it to a 3-1 advantage, one they would not relinquish as they set the Islanders down in order in the top of the seventh to take the doubleheader sweep.

Jeter and Cassie Redman had the only hits in the game for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.

In the first game, the Islanders once again struggled offensively against the UT Arlington pitching staff.

The Islanders were able to muster just one hit, a Brittany Tucker single over the head of the second baseman in the second inning. The team threatened but was unable to bring home a run as it remained scoreless.

The Mavericks changed that with a single run in the bottom of the second and four more in the third to take a 5-0 lead.

They added single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth inning to finish the scoring at 7-0 for UTA.

The final game will be played at 12 p.m. on Sunday with live stats and audio available by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.