TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (7-13, 3-3 SLC) AT
UT ARLINGTON (10-12, 0-0 SLC)
Friday, March 23 • 6 p.m. CST | Saturday, March 24 • 2 p.m. CST
Allan Saxe Field • Arlington, Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team will continue Southland Conference action this weekend when they travel to Arlington, Texas to take on UT Arlington in a two-game series. The Islanders and Mavericks will play for the first time this season Friday at 6 p.m. before squaring off on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Allan Saxe Field.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi dropped its first game to Texas State on Monday in 10 innings of play 3-1, before bouncing back to garner a 1-0, 10 inning thriller in the second game. Greta Cecchetti picked up her second conference victory of the season in the circle.
LAST TIME OUT
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team battled Texas State Monday in a doubleheader for a combined 20 innings at Chapman Field. In the first game, the Bobcats and Islanders both put one run on the board in the fourth inning and remained scoreless until the 10th frame. Texas State tacked on two runs in the top of the inning to clinch their ninth straight victory, 3-1.
SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS
Friday's game will mark the 25th meeting between the two schools with the Islanders and Mavericks evened at 12 games apiece. Last season the two teams played a total of five games with the Islanders garnering the 3-2 advantage.
The Mavericks are led by Sarah Higginbotham's and Kari Karr's .500 batting average. Stephanie Gonzalez leads the team with 21 hits while tallying four home runs and 10 RBIs.
SWING BATTER SWING
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is 6-1 when they out-hit their opponents and 1-10 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 is hitting .419 to lead the offense with a .452 slugging percentage and .568 on base percentage. The sophomore is second on the team with 13 hits, behind Cassie Carroll's 14 total hits. She is also second on the team with Meagan McKinney with seven RBIs. Phillips leads the team with 12 walks.
Jamise Jackson has given the Islanders a lift in the designated hitter position. Jackson led the Islanders' bats this weekend against Northwestern State. She gave the Islanders a two-point cushion on Saturday by plating the Islanders third and final run after reaching base on a fielder's choice. The sophomore led the Islanders through the two games with a .500 batting average. She tallied one hit and one run at two at-bats while registering a .500 slugging percentage and a .667 on base percentage.
Carroll and Potts are tied for fifth on the team with a .250 batting average. Carroll leads the team with 14 hits and eight RBIs. She has also tallied two doubles and five runs while registering one of the Islanders' six home runs of the season.
IN THE CIRCLE
Greta Cecchetti (3-3) leads the Islanders in the circle with an ERA of 3.79 in seven appearances and 35.2 innings pitched. She has allowed 28 hits and 16 runs while striking out 35 batters. She picked up her second victory of the season against Texas State. The senior held the Bobcats scoreless through 10 innings of action to propel the Islanders past Texas State 1-0. She struck out six batters, while walking just one.
Jordan Trujillo dropped her third conference loss of the season in the first game Texas State. She holds a 3-5 record with a 5.72 ERA in 45.2 innings pitched. She leads the Islanders in the circle with 45 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 Saturday's game, the Islanders will return home to host Houston Baptist in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, March 27. First pitch is at 2 p.m. at Chapman Field.