March 7, 2012

Islanders Split Doubleheader with UTSA in Southland Conference Opener

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team dropped it's first Southland Conference game today against UTSA, 6-1, before bouncing back to take a 2-1 decision over the Roadrunners at Chapman Field.

In the first game, the Roadrunners and Islanders (5-11, 1-1) stayed scoreless through five innings before UTSA posted four runs in the top of the sixth and two in the seventh. The Islanders tallied three costly errors in the two innings combined and the Roadrunners capitalized on seven total hits to seal their first conference victory of the season.

UTSA (9-11, 1-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second before a two-run fifth inning by the Islanders lifted them to a 2-1 victory over the Roadrunners in the second game to even the series at 1-1. The Islanders tallied seven hits to the Roadrunners five behind Vianca Pesina's solid seven innings in the circle.

The Islanders will continue conference play at home against Texas State on Friday and Saturday. First pitch on Friday is slated for 2 p.m. with Saturday's game scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

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GAME 1: UTSA 6, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 1

A sixth-inning offensive burst helped lift the Roadrunners to their first conference victory of the season. The Islanders and Roadrunners stayed scoreless through the first five innings. Senior Jordan Trujillo retired nine straight batters in the third, fourth and fifth frames before UTSA's batters connected on four hits in the top of the sixth. Nikki Goff doubled to shortstop to get the offense going and eventually tacked up the Roadrunners first run of the game on a throwing error. Geena Garcia plated UTSA's second run on an Ashley Kappler sacrifice fly to center field. UTSA padded the lead to 2-0 on two unearned runs. Megan Low and Molly Fichtner both scored on a Haylee Staton double down the left field line after they both reached base on singles.

The Islanders scored one run in the sixth before UTSA built a 6-1 lead in the seventh. Pinch runner Alejia Cain plated the Islanders only run of the game on a Meagan McKinney RBI groundout to shortstop in the bottom of the sixth. UTSA scored two more runs on two hits in the seventh. Courtney Buchman and Garcia both plated runs on a Fichtner double to right field.

Cassie Redman led the Islanders with two hits, while Hannah Schwarz and Sandy Schumann each added one hit apiece.

Trujillo (3-3) took the loss for the Islanders to even her record at 3-3. In seven innings of work, she allowed seven hits, six runs, two walks, while striking out a season-high eight batters.

Staton (6-1) earned her seventh victory of the season in the circle in seven innings. She limited the Islanders to just four hits, one run, while walking three and striking out four batters.

GAME 2: Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 2, UTSA 1

UTSA jumped on the board first in the top of the second with two hits and one run. Staton scored on a Buchman RBI single up the middle, after she reached base on a single to left field. The Islanders answered in the fifth frame with two go-ahead runs against UTSA's hurler Haylee Staton. Schumann started the Islanders bats off with a single and advanced to second on a Mickayla Heller sacrifice bunt to third base. Redman followed suit with a single up the middle to advance Schumann to third. Schwarz's RBI sacrifice bunt plated Schumann and Cassie Carroll scored Redman to plate the Islanders go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to right field.

The Islanders held the Roadrunners scoreless in the final two innings. Pesina retired three straight batters in the sixth before escaping the seventh and leaving one UTSA runner stranded on base.

Heller paced the Islanders offense with two hits and five other Islanders tallied at least one hit for a combined seven. Schwarz and Carroll each tallied one RBI apiece and Redman, Schwarz, Cain and Heller each registered one stolen base.  

Pesina (1-4) clinched her first victory of the season in the circle. She limited the Roadrunners to five hits, one run, while striking out three and walking one.

Staton (6-2) took the loss for the Roadrunners in 4.1 innings in the circle. She allowed six hits, two runs, while striking out just one Islander batter. Alyssa Vordenbaum allowed just one hit, while walking three and striking out one in 1.2 innings for UTSA.