February 11, 2012

Islanders Split on Day Two of Hilton Houston Plaza Classic

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HOUSTON – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team bounced back this evening to pick up their first win of the season and first victory for head coach Stephanie Hughes. After dropping the opening game yesterday to No. 20 Houston and falling earlier today to No. 11 Oklahoma State (2-0), the Islanders' (1-2) offense came alive to clinch a come-from-behind victory over North Texas (1-2) in the night cap.

The Islanders dropped a 6-1 decision to Oklahoma State before earning the 7-5 victory over North Texas in the University of Houston - Hilton Houston Plaza Classic at Cougar Softball Stadium.

The Islanders will wrap up play tomorrow in the Classic at 9 a.m. when they take on No. 11-ranked Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls (3-1) dropped a 3-0 decision to No.20 Houston in their second game of the day.

Game 1: Oklahoma State 6, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 1

The Islanders and Cowgirls were tied 1-1 before a big sixth inning lifted Oklahoma State to a 6-1 victory in the first of two games today.

The Islanders got on the board first in the top of the third with senior Alejia Cain reaching base on a single. Junior Stephanie Vead flew out to second for the Islanders second out of the inning before freshman Cassie Carroll doubled to left field to score Cain. Sophomore Jamise Jackson grounded out to end the inning with the Islanders ahead 1-0.

The Cowgirls answered with a run in the fourth frame. The Cowgirls' Anchors started things off with a single and Garcia reached first on a sacrifice bunt. Anchors advanced to third before Brown's RBI single scored Anchors to even the score at 1-1. Hurler Greta Cecchetti followed by striking out the next two batters for the Islanders.

The two teams stayed scoreless for the next two innings before the Cowgirls broke the game open in the sixth frame with five runs. Oklahoma State's Brown singled to open the inning before De La Cruz reached base on an error. The Cowgirls loaded the bases after Chrisman was hit by a pitch. Senior Vianca Pesina replaced Cecchetti before two passed balls scored two Cowgirls to take a 3-1 lead. Diffendaffer singled to score Ettinger, who reached base on a walk. Chrisman scored along with Diffendaffer to pad the Cowgirls lead to 6-1. During the inning the Cowgirls tacked up five runs on three hits and one error.   

Cecchetti took the loss for the Islanders (0-1), giving up four runs on four hits while walking two and striking out seven in 5.1 innings. Pesina replaced Cecchetti in the circle in the sixth. The senior allowed two hits, two runs and one walk.

Morgan Hawkins collected the win for the Cowgirls, limiting the Islanders to just four hits, one run and one walk while striking out two in seven innings.

Cain tallied two hits and one run to lead the Islanders while Carroll delivered one RBI hit. Phillips also registered a hit for the Islanders.

 Game 2: Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 7, North Texas 5

The Islanders fell behind early to North Texas 5-0. The Mean Green scored a pair of runs in the first inning on two hits. Then added another run in the second inning. North Texas' bats rolled on through the third inning to plate two more runs to take an early 5-0 lead.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi started to get things going in the fourth when they tacked up one hit by Laura Phillips but was unable to score the three runners left on base. However in the fifth inning the Islanders broke the game open with six runs to take control of the ballgame 6-5. Cain, Hannah Schwarz and Vead ignited the Islanders offense with each of them reaching base on singles. Carroll tallied an RBI single to score Cain to give the Islanders their first run of the game. Philips' RBI walk scored Schwarz to plate their second run before Jackson stepped up to the plate. The sophomore ripped her first grand slam of her career to plate Vead, Carroll and Phillips to give the Islanders the go-ahead 6-5 lead.

The Islanders padded their lead with another run in the sixth inning. Hayley Galloway and Cain singled before Carroll walked and Phillips' RBI walk scored Galloway.

Seven different Islanders tallied hits. Cain led the Islanders offense with three hits and one run. Jackson tallied four RBIs, one hit and one run and Philips registered one hit, one run and two RBIs. Carroll chipped in one RBI, one hit and one run.  

Jordan Trujillo (1-1) earned her first victory in the circle, allowing 0 runs on two hits while striking out six and walking four in four innings of work. Freshman Bethany Slick started her first collegiate game for the Islanders, giving up four hits, five runs, and four walks while striking out one in two innings.  

Lauren Poole took the loss for the Mean Green in 5.1 innings of action. She allowed nine hits, seven walks while striking out four. Ashley Kirk relieved Poole and allowed three walks while striking out four in 1.2 innings of work.