May 9, 2012

Softball Heads to Southland Tournament for Clash with Cowgirls

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2012 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Thursday, May 10; Friday, May 11; Saturday, May 12
Roadrunner Field • San Antonio, Texas
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GAME 1: No. 6 TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (17-21, 11-9 SLC) VS.  No. 3 MCNEESE STATE (32-19, 12-8 SLC)  
Thursday, May 10 • 12:30 p.m.




THE FIRST PITCH
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team will make its third consecutive Southland Conference Tournament appearance when it faces No. 3 seed McNeese State (32-19, 12-8 SLC) at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at Roadrunner Field in San Antonio, Texas. The Islanders (17-21, 11-9 SLC) received the No. 3 seed after splitting with Nicholls State last weekend in their final regular season games.

The Islanders fell to McNeese State in a two-day series during the regular season at Chapman Field. In the first game, the Cowgirls used a late rally in the final frame to edge the Islanders 3-2 in the first of two games at Chapman Field. In the second game, McNeese State's Katie Roux hit a two-out RBI double in the top of the fifth to lift the Cowgirls past the Islanders, 1-0, on Senior Day.        

Last season the Islanders received the No. 1 seed in the tournament after clinching the regular season championship. The Islanders faced McNeese State in their first game and dropped a 1-0 decision before winning three straight to advance to the championship game. Texas A&M - Corpus came up short, however, falling by an 8-5 final against Texas State on Saturday. Texas State received this season's No. 1 seed after clinching the regular-season championship.
 

LAST TIME OUT
The Islanders split with Nicholls State in their final regular season games. In the first game, the Islanders outhit Nicholls State 5-3 but an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth was enough to lift the Colonels to a 1-0 victory over the Islanders on Friday at Colonels Softball Complex.

Senior Greta Cecchetti pitched an outstanding game for the Islanders, tying a career high with 11 strikeouts in six innings. Cassie Redman and Meagan McKinney led the Islanders' bats going 2-for-3 and Laura Phillips chipped in one hit.

On Saturday, the Islanders bounced back to snap a five-game losing streak. The Islanders put together an explosive eight-run, five-hit second inning to end their regular season with an 11-6 victory over Nicholls State. Ten different Islanders scored with nine recording at least one hit against Nicholls.

The Islanders tied a season-high 13 hits to outhit the Colonels 13-7. The last time the Islanders tallied 13 hits was against Central Arkansas in the Islanders' 7-6 victory. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi also set a new season best with 11 runs. The Islanders broke their previous season-high of nine runs and coincidentally the last time the Islanders scored nine was against the Colonels on March 3 in the Ragin' Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La., when the Islanders won 9-1.

IN THE CIRCLE
Greta Cecchetti (10-6) leads the Islanders in the circle with an ERA of 1.63 in 19 appearances and 98.2 innings pitched. She has allowed 59 hits and 26 runs while striking out a team-high 114 batters. In conference play she posted a 0.58 ERA.  On Saturday, in just her second conference loss, Cecchetti limited the Colonels to just three hits, while walking three and striking out 11 of the 25 batters she faced.

Vianca Pesina (2-7) holds a 4.61 ERA in 16 appearances. She has tallied 35 strikeouts in 68.1 innings. Jordan Trujillo holds a 5-7 record with a 3.73 ERA in 77 innings pitched. She is second on the team with 63 strikeouts. Constance Bradenburg (0-1) is second in the circle with a 3.28 ERA in five appearances and 10.2 innings pitched.

In the first game against McNeese State, Trujillo suffered her sixth loss of the season and fourth in conference play. The senior replaced Cecchetti in the top of the sixth when the score was tied at 2-2 and allowed one hit and one run while striking out one batter. Cecchetti gave up five hits and two runs while tying a career-high with four walks. The senior also recorded four strikeouts in five innings.     
    
SWING BATTER SWING
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is 16-4 when they out-hit their opponents and 1-14 when their opponent tallies more hits than them. The Islanders are outhitting their conference opponents 129-100.

HOT BATS
Cassie Redman and Laura Phillips are currently riding a three-game hitting streak. Meagan McKinney is on a two-game hitting streak after hitting .500 against Nicholls State.     

Laura Phillips is hitting .383 to lead the offense with a .426 slugging percentage and .516 on-base percentage. The sophomore has tallied 18 hits and 11 RBIs. Hayley Galloway is second on the team with a .288 batting average and has tallied 23 hits. Galloway was third on the team in conference play with a .324 batting average. After an impressive weekend against Nicholls in her second career start, Julia Sanford leads the team in conference play with a .667 batting average.

Sandy Schumann and McKinney lead the team with 25 hits and Cassie Carroll leads the team with 14 RBIs. Schumann, Cassie Redman and Stephanie Vead have all chipped in three doubles. Schumann is the only Islander to tally a triple this season.