TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (8-14, 4-4 SLC) AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS (25-11, 5-1 SLC)
Friday, March 30 • 6 p.m. CST | Saturday, March 31 • 12 p.m. CST
Farris Field • Conway, Ark.
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team will continue Southland Conference action this weekend when they travel to Conway, Ark. to take on Central Arkansas. The Islanders will take on the Sugar Bears in a two-game series starting Friday at 6 p.m. at Farris Field.
The Islanders sit at 4-4 in conference play after splitting four straight conference games. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi has split against UTSA, Northwestern State, Texas State and UT Arlington. The Islanders clinched the Southland Conference regular-season title last season. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi enters Friday's contest with an 8-14 overall record with eight of the losses coming against teams ranked in the Top 25. The Islanders sit at 2-2 at home and 2-2 on the road in Southland Conference action.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi split with UT Arlington over the weekend. On Friday, Cassie Redman and Sandy Schumann each blasted doubles in the first frame to help power the Islanders to a 1-0 victory. On Saturday, the Mavericks outhit the Islanders 7-4 and left nine Islanders stranded en route to their first conference win of the season, 2-0.
Central Arkansas holds a 25-11 record and sits at 5-1 in the conference. Friday's game will mark the 15th meeting between the two teams.
LAST TIME OUT
Cassie Redman and Sandy Schumann each blasted doubles in the first frame to power the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi offense past UT Arlington, 1-0, Friday night at Allan Saxe Field in Arlington, Texas. Greta Cecchetti (4-3) propelled the Islanders' defense with her second straight win and fourth win of the season. The senior limited the Mavericks to just two hits in seven innings of work while striking out six batters.
In the second game of the series, the Islanders suffered their fourth consecutive Southland Conference split of the season, dropping a 2-0 loss to UT Arlington. The Mavericks outhit the Islanders 7-4 and left nine Islanders stranded en route to their first conference win of the season. The Islanders and Mavericks stayed scoreless through two innings, before UTA scored one in the third and one in the fourth to secure the victory.
SCOUTING THE SUGAR BEARS
Friday's game will mark the 15th meeting between the two schools with the Islanders leading the series 8-6. Last season the Islanders garnered two out of the three meetings on the road, including the last two. The Islanders sealed the last meeting, 10-1, on March 13.
The Sugar Bears have won their last three out of four games. On Tuesday, Central Arkansas split with Northwestern State, dropping their first home game of the season. The Sugar Bears hold an overall 25-11 record and are 4-4 in Southland Conference action.
Central Arkansas is led by Kasey Britt's .444 batting average. She has tallied 40 hits, including eight doubles and six of the Sugar Bears 26 home runs of the season. She also leads the team with 28 RBIs. Stephanie Lasley is second on the team with a .402 batting average. She has collected 39 hits and 22 RBIs.
In the circle, Central Arkansas is powered by Kelsie Armstrong (14-7). She has a 2.01 ERA in 23 appearances. Armstrong has tallied 147 strikeouts in 132.1 innings. Cami Newsome (9-3) is second in the circle with a 2.48 ERA in 17 appearances. She has retired 40 batters in 70.2 innings.
SWING BATTER SWING
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is 7-1 when they out-hit their opponents and 1-11 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 .394 to lead the offense with a .424 slugging percentage and .543 on base percentage. The sophomore is third on the team with 13 hits, behind Sandy Schuman's team high 15 and 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.
Sandy Schumann led the Islanders' bats this week against Texas State and UT Arlington with a .286 batting average. Schumann led the way in the Islanders 1-0 victory over UT Arlington. She went 2-for-3, including an RBI double to right center to drive in the Islanders only run of the game. For the week, Schumann tallied four hits while registering a .357 slugging percentage and .286 on base percentage in four starts.
Haleman is second on the team with a .267 batting average. Two spots behind her is Potts with a .250 batting average. Heller is fifth on the team with a .240 batting average. She has collected 12 hits and 98 putouts behind the plate.
Carroll has a .230 batting average. She is second on 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 (4-3) leads the Islanders in the circle with an ERA of 3.16 in eight appearances and 42.2 innings pitched. She has allowed 30 hits and 16 runs while striking out 41 batters. She picked up her fourth victory of the season against UT Arlington.
Vianca Pesina (1-5) suffered her fifth loss of the season in the circle. The senior tallied one strikeout and didn't give up a walk while facing 25 batters in six innings of work. She holds a 4.97 ERA in 11 appearances. She has tallied 25 strikeouts in 54.1 innings.
Jordan Trujillo 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.
Greta Cecchetti was named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week, announced by the conference Monday. Cecchetti earned the honor after tossing two complete-game shutouts this week.
The hurler from Bollate, Italy picked up two wins during the week in the circle for the Islanders softball team. Cecchetti held her opponents scoreless in 17.0 innings, while striking out 12 batters.
On Monday, she shut out the Texas State Bobcats' offense in 10 innings. The senior struck out six Bobcats, while issuing just one walk. With the 1-0 victory, the Islanders snapped the Bobcats nine-game winning streak.
The right-hander propelled the Islanders defense on Friday against UT Arlington with her fourth win of the season. Cecchetti limited the Mavericks to just two hits in seven innings of work while striking out six batters in the Islanders 1-0 win.
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 to Chapman Field to host Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. First pitch is at 2 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday.