SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (7-26, 1-7 SLC) AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (10-14, 6-4 SLC)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team will continue Southland Conference action this weekend when they return home to take on Southeastern Louisiana in a two-game series on Friday and Saturday.
The Islanders sit at 6-4 in conference play after picking up the team's first sweep of the season at Central Arkansas. Prior to that, the Islanders split with UTSA, Northwestern State, Texas State and UT Arlington. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi enters Friday's contest with and 10-14 overall record with eight of the losses coming against teams ranked in the Top 25. The Islanders sit at 2-2 at home and 4-2 on the road in Southland Conference action.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi swept Central Arkansas over the weekend in Conway, Ark. On Friday, the Islanders put together a huge sixth inning and scored one run in the eighth frame to edge the Bears 5-4 in eight innings. The Islanders followed with another come-from-behind victory. The team rallied back after falling behind 6-0 in the second inning to score seven straight runs en route to a 7-6 victory.
Southeastern La. holds a 7-26 record and sits at 1-7 in the conference. Friday's game will mark the 16th meeting between the two teams with the Islanders holding an 11-4 advantage.
LAST TIME OUT
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team put together a huge sixth inning and scored one run in the eighth to edge Central Arkansas 5-4 in extra innings Friday in the first of two games at Farris Field.
The Islanders outhit the Bears 10 to five en route to their fifth conference victory of the season. Senior Jordan Trujillo (4-5) picked up the win in relief for Greta Cecchetti. Cassie Carroll, Stephanie Vead and Mickayla Heller led the Islanders with two hits apiece. Cassie Redman, Hannah Schwarz, Meagan McKinney and Hayley Galloway each tallied one hit apiece.
On Saturday, the Islanders rallied back after falling behind 6-0 in the second inning to score seven straight runs in their first Southland sweep of the season, 7-6, over Central Arkansas.
The Islanders put together their biggest comeback of the season to earn their first sweep of the season. Central Arkansas scored six runs in the second inning before the Islanders rallied back to score in the next five innings to clinch their sixth conference win of the season.
Greta Cecchetti (5-3) earned her fourth straight victory in the circle after coming in for relief for Vianca Pesina. The senior tallied nine strikeouts, one away from her career best in 5.2 innings. She limited the Bears to just two hits while holding them scoreless for five consecutive innings.
SCOUTING THE LADY LIONS
Friday's game will mark the 16th meeting between the two schools with the Islanders leading the series 11-4. The Islanders have garnered the last seven meetings and swept all three meetings last season at Chapman Field. The Islanders sealed the last meeting, 6-1, on March 6.
The Lady Lions snapped a seven game losing streak last weekend at home with a victory over McNeese State. Southeastern La. holds an overall 7-26 record and are 1-7 in Southland Conference action.
Southeastern La. is led by Megan McCollum's .318 batting average. She has tallied 28 hits, including five doubles and one home run. She also has collected 10 RBIs. Michelle Duhe is second on the team with a .277 batting average. She has a team-high 31 hits and 14 runs.
In the circle, the Lady Lions are powered by Kati Morse (2-3). She has a 3.17 ERA in 11 appearances. Morse has tallied 19 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Kenna Terry (2-11) is second in the circle with a 4.75 ERA in 16 appearances. She has retired a team-high 40 batters in 76.2 innings.
SWING BATTER SWING
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is 9-1 when they out-hit their opponents and 1-11 when their opponent tallies more hits than them. The Islanders out-hit Central Arkansas 23-12 last weekend and recorded a season-high 13 hits on Saturday. The Islanders also tallied their six 10+ hitting game of the season.
PUT YOUR RALLY CAPS ON
The Islanders have rallied from behind this season to clinch five come-from-behind victories. On Friday, the Islanders put together a huge sixth inning and scored one run in the eighth to edge Central Arkansas in eight innings. On Saturday, the Islanders fell behind 6-0 in the second inning before rallying back to score seven straight runs.
Laura Phillips is hitting .394 to lead the offense with a .424 slugging percentage and .553 on base percentage. The sophomore has tallied 13 hits and seven RBIs. Cassie Carroll leads the team with 19 hits and 10 RBIs. Sandy Schumann is second with 16 hits and leads the team with three doubles.
Cassie Carroll led the Islanders to their first Southland Conference sweep of the season at Central Arkansas. On Friday the freshman went 2-for-4 and helped ignite the Islanders offense to win 5-4 in eight innings. On Saturday, Carroll helped the Islanders rally from behind to win 7-6 in their biggest come-back victory of the season. Carroll went 3-for-4 and collected her second home run of the season. Through the two games, Carroll tallied five hits and two runs at eight at-bats while batting .625. She also registered two RBIs and one home run with a .625 on base percentage.
Four out of the top five batting averages for the Islanders belong to freshmen. Cassie Carroll, Karissa Haleman, Hayley Galloway and Mickayla Heller have played a big role in the Islanders' offense.
Carroll is second on the team with a .275 batting average and Haleman is behind here in third with a .267 batting average. Galloway is fourth on the team with a .256 batting average. Rounding out the top five is Heller with a .246 batting average.
IN THE CIRCLE
Greta Cecchetti (5-3) leads the Islanders in the circle with an ERA of 2.92 in 10 appearances and 52.1 innings pitched. She has allowed 34 hits and 18 runs while striking out a team-high 56 batters. She earned her fourth straight victory in the circle on Saturday at Central Arkansas. She tallied nine strikeouts, one away from her career best. In the two games combined, Cecchetti collected 15 strikeouts, while holding the Bears to just four hits in 9.2 innings.
Vianca Pesina (1-5) holds a 5.17 ERA in 12 appearances. She has tallied 26 strikeouts in 55.2 innings. Jordan Trujillo holds a 4-5 record with a 5.62 ERA in 49.2 innings pitched. She is second on the team with 46 strikeouts. Constance Bradenburg (0-1) is second in the circle with a 4.50 ERA in three appearances. She has retired four batters in 6.0 innings.
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 travel to Houston to face the Cougars in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 10. First pitch is at 4 p.m. in Houston.