AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team dropped two games today on the second day of the Texas Classic. The Islanders fell 11-3 to North Texas earlier today and followed it with an 8-0 loss to No. 7/9 Texas in the second game at Red & Charline McCombs field.
The Islanders drop to 0-4 and will take on Memphis at 9 a.m. Sunday to wrap the Texas Classic.
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GAME 1: North Texas 11, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 3
The Islanders tallied six hits against North Texas (2-1). Senior McKinney powered the Islanders' offense for the second straight game with two hits to go 2-for-2. Valerie Perez went 2-for-3 while Mickayla Cochran and Hayley Galloway each chipped in one hit apiece. J.J. Jackson, Lindsey Lyles and Mickayla Cochran each posted RBIs.
Leadoff batter Cochran started things off with a walk in the top of the first. Dani Tefft reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a McKinney single through the left side. However, the Mean Green's Tori Brice retired the next two batters to pull out of the jam, leaving two Islanders stranded.
North Texas put up four runs in the bottom of the first on two hits. The Mean Green's Brooke Foster and McKinna Kinsey scored on a triple by Jackie Miller. After an illegal pitch was called on Islanders' hurler Constance Brandenburg, Miller posted the Mean Green's third run. With two outs, Danielle Hoff tacked on another Mean Green run on a Jordan Terry single up the middle.
Galloway singled to second base in the second inning and Lyles advanced to third after reaching base on a walk but Cochran grounded out to third base to end the inning.
The Islanders' bat came through in the top of the third to plate two runs. Tefft and McKinney started the frame with back-to-back walks and Perez ripped a single to right center to load the bases. Jackson reached on a fielder's choice to score Tefft and Katelyn Potts followed with a fielder's choice to load the bases. Perez plated the Islanders second run after Lyles walked. However, the Mean Green's defense escaped leaving the Islanders' bases loaded.
North Texas padded the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the third with one run on two hits before the Islanders answered with a run of their own in the top of the fourth. Cochran led off the frame with a home run to right field to pull the Islanders within two. It marked Cochran's first career home run. The Islanders threatened to score again after Tefft followed with a walk and McKinney and Perez both hit singles to left field to load the bases. After Jackson flew out to right field, Tefft was called out at home and Potts walked to load the bases again for the Islanders. North Texas pulled out of the jam after Lyles fouled out to the catcher.
The Mean Green posted three runs in the bottom of the fourth on two hits and extended their lead in the bottom of the fifth with three runs. North Texas scored on three illegal pitches to end the game.
Tori Brice (1-0) sealed the victory for the Mean Green with four strikeouts while allowing six hits, three runs and six walks. Lauren Poole allowed one walk in two innings.
Brandenburg (0-2) took the loss for the Islanders in 3.1 innings. The junior allowed five hits and eight runs while striking out two batters. Ashley Elicerio and Bethany Slick also saw action in the circle. Elicerio allowed one hit in 0.2 innings while walking three. Slick tallied one walk.
GAME 2: No. 7/9 Texas 8, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 0
The Islanders tallied five hits in an 8-0 loss to No. 7/9 Texas in the second game of the day. Cochran went 2-for-3 to lead the Islanders while Potts, Elicerio and Zarzabal each chipped in one apiece.
The Islanders left two stranded in the first while Cochran tallied the Islanders first hit of the game with a single to third base. The Longhorns scored one run in the bottom of the first after Taylor Hoagland scored on a sacrifice hit to right field.
Zarzabal ripped a single to right field in the second inning but both teams were held scoreless in the second until the Longhorns tacked on five runs in the third inning on four hits and two errors. The Islanders answered with two hits in the fourth inning. Potts led the inning with a single through the left side and Elicerio followed with a single through the left side to advance Potts to second. However, Slick was called out at third on a Zarzabal fielder's choice and Galloway popped up to third base to end the inning.
Texas added another run in the fourth and fifth frames to cap the scoring on four hits.
Kim Bruins (1-0) picked up the victory in the circle for the Longhorns. She allowed five hits while striking out six in fiving innings.
Elicerio (0-2) took the loss for the Islanders in 4.2 innings of work. The freshman allowed eight hits while striking out one and walking five.