Top Performance #2 - Tucker's Power Surge
CORPUS CHRISTI - Throughout the summer of 2011, GoIslanders.com will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2010-11 school year.
Every Thursday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Tuesdays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on GoIslanders.com throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.
Top Performance #2: Brittany Tucker hits three-straight homers
After winning the Southland Conference regular-season title, the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi softball team entered the conference tourney as the No. 1 seed. But after falling in the opening round, it would take a momentous effort to rally through the elimination bracket for the team.
Brittany Tucker, literally and figuratively, stepped up to the plate for the team and showed her mettle with three-straight home runs in the championship round of the Southland Tournament.
Tucker blasted her first homer of the tourney against McNeese State, helping her team clinch an 8-6 victory. With two outs in the top of the seventh and an even score at 5-5, Tucker was up to bat, with Caley Jeter on third and Hannah Schwarz on second. Ahead in the count, Tucker hit a 2-0 pitch over the wall in straight-away centerfield to give the Islanders an 8-5 lead en route to a meeting with Texas State in the championship game.
Although the Islanders came up short in the finale, 8-5 against Texas State, Tucker’s batting skills threatened the Bobcats early on. The Islanders opened the scoring in the first on a Tucker solo home run to center to take a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, Tucker followed with her third homer in as many at-bats. The Islanders, however, came up short as Texas State clinched the tournament championship.
Tucker’s three home runs tied a Southland Conference Tournament record and she became the first player to go yard in three straight at-bats. Tucker, second baseman Caley Jeter and pitcher Jordan Trujillo were named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances at the event.
June 16 - #10: Nikki
Dunn battles the elements at Rio Verde Invitational
June 23 - #9: Jessica Jammer and Adrienne Scott Go Off Against UTPA
June 30 - #8: Justin Reynolds Scores 26 in Home Finale
July 7 - #7: Mirna Cicak knocks off No. 1 player from defending Southland Champion NW State
July 14 - #6: Patrick Kimeli qualifies for NCAA Championship
July 21 - #5: Emma Ridley has 26 kills and hits .339 in road win at SFA
July 28 - #4: Ryann White rallies for Top-3 Finish at Southland Championship
Aug. 4 - #3: Todd Simko tosses two-hitter at Southeastern
Aug. 11 - #2: Brittany Tucker hits three-straight homers
June 21 - #10: Women's Tennis Defeats SFA to Give Them Fourth
Loss of Year
June 28 - #9: Softball's Crazy Comeback Wins
July 5 - #8: Baseball's walk-off win over UTSA and comeback win over SFA at Southland Tournament
July 12 - #7: Men's Hoops Knocks Off Houston
July 19 - #6: Ernestine Cray Named Southland Freshman of the Year
July 26 - #5: Men's Tennis Clinches Regular Season Title
Aug. 2 - #4: Volleyball sweeps SFA
Aug. 9 - #3: Softball Wins Southland Title