TEXAS STATE (16-10, 2-0 SLC) AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (6-12, 2-2 SLC)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team will return home to play Texas State in a makeup doubleheader Monday, March 19. The Islanders and Bobcats were originally scheduled for a March 9th and 10th two-game series but were forced to reschedule due to rain showers in the area.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi dropped its first game to the Lady Demons on Friday 3-0, before bouncing back to garner a 3-1 come-from-behind victory on Saturday. Greta Cecchetti picked up her first conference victory of the season in the circle.
The Islanders will take on defending Southland Tournament Champion Texas State. Monday's game will mark the 40th meeting between the Islanders and Bobcats, with the Bobcats holding a 26-13 advantage.
LAST TIME OUT
Texas A&M - Corpus split its first conference road games of the season on Friday and Saturday at Northwestern State.
An unearned run in the first inning and a two-run homer in the fifth frame helped Northwestern State seal their first conference victory of the season over the Islanders, 3-0, Friday night at the Lady Demon Diamond Complex.
The Islanders fell behind in the first inning and couldn't recover. Junior Meagan McKinney and sophomore Jamise Jackson tallied the Islanders only two hits of the game while Jordan Trujillo took the loss in the circle.
The Islanders put together a strong sixth inning to edge Northwestern State 3-1 on Saturday. The Islanders tallied one run in the fifth inning on a Katelyn Potts' homer and two runs in the sixth inning to pick up their first conference road victory of the season and split the series with the Lady Demons.
The Islanders were powered by four hits. Schumann, Carroll, Potts and Heller each chipped in one apiece and Greta Cecchetti sealed her first conference victory in the circle in seven innings of work. She limited the Lady Demons to just three hits while striking out five and walking just one batter.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Monday's game will mark the 40th meeting between the two schools with the Bobcats holding a 26-13 advantage. The Islanders have garnered the last three out of four meetings, with the loss coming in last season's Southland Conference tournament.
The Bobcats enter Monday's doubleheader on a seven-game winning streak and holds an overall 16-10 record. The Bobcats are 1-4 on the road and are 2-0 in Southland Conference action. Last weekend, Texas State shutout Stephen F. Austin in two games to open conference play.
The Bobcats are led by Selena Hernandez .286 batting average and a team high 13 RBIs and 24 hits. Brooke Baker is second on the team with a .268 batting average and has tallied 15 hits. In the circle, Texas State is powered by Anne Marie Taylor and Chandler Hall. Taylor has a 2.72 ERA in 86 innings and leads with 88 strikeouts. Hall has a 3.26 ERA in 77.1 innings and has registered 87 strikeouts.
SWING BATTER SWING
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is 6-1 when they out-hit their opponents and 0-9 when their opponent tallies more hits than them. The Islanders are also more successful when they tally between six and nine runs (3-1).
Laura Phillips, Katelyn Potts and Mickayla Heller are all hitting above .300 for the Islanders. Phillips is hitting .433 to lead the offense with a .581 slugging percentage and .581 on base percentage. The sophomore leads the team with Cassie Carroll with 13 total hits and leads the Islanders with Meagan McKinney and Carroll with seven RBIs. Potts has a .333 batting average in three games. Heller has become a force on the Islanders offense and defense. The freshman is hitting .308 in 16 games. She has tallied 12 hits and is second on the team with 77 putouts.
Jamise Jackson gave the Islanders a two-point cushion on Saturday by plating the Islanders third run after reaching base on a fielder's choice. She led the Islanders through the two games with a .500 batting average. She tallied one hit and one run. Meagan McKinney also stepped up for the Islanders. She posted a .200 batting average in the two games combined. She registered one hit and tallied her first steal of the season while collecting 12 putouts at first base.
Four out of the top six batting averages for the Islanders belong to freshmen. Mickayla Heller, Katelyn Potts, Cassie Carroll and Karissa Haleman have played a big role in the Islanders' offense.
Behind Potts and Heller is Haleman who sits in the fifth spot with a .267 batting average and two doubles. Cassie Carroll is sixth on the team with a .260 batting average. She co-leads the team with Laura Phillips with 13 hits in 18 games. She has also tallied two doubles, seven RBIs and five runs while registering one of the Islanders' six home runs of the season.
IN THE CIRCLE
Greta Cecchetti (2-3) is second in the circle with an ERA of 5.26 in six appearances and 25.2 innings pitched. She has allowed 22 hits and 16 runs while striking out 29. She picked up her first victory of the season against Nicholls State. She posted a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings, while limiting Nicholls State to just three hits and one run. She also garnered her first conference victory on Saturday against Northwestern State.
Vianca Pesina (1-4) holds a 5.95 ERA in nine appearances. She has tallied 21 strikeouts in 42.1 innings.
Jordan Trujillo dropped her second conference loss of the season in the first game against Northwestern State. She holds a 3-3 record with a 6.26 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched. She leads the Islanders in the circle with 41 strikeouts.
The Islanders were picked to finish second in the Southland Conference, after clinching the regular-season title last season. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was selected to finish behind defending conference champion Texas State. The Islanders received five first-place votes with 87 points while Texas State received four.
Senior Hannah Schwarz, returns as a First Team selection for the second straight year after starting 58 of the Islanders 59 games last season. Senior Vianca Pesina returns as a Second Team selection after going 12-5 in the circle with a 2.26 ERA last season, which was sixth best in the conference.
After Monday's doubleheader the Islanders will head back on the road to face UT Arlington on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. First pitch is at 6 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.