WACO, Texas – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team dropped two games on the opening day of the Miken Classic Friday at Getterman Stadium. The Islanders fell 5-0 to Northern Colorado in the first game and followed it with an 11-2 loss in five innings to the University of the Pacific.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi moves to 1-6 and will take on Baylor tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. before bracket play begins at 3 p.m.
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GAME 1: NORTHERN COLORADO 5, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 0
Northern Colorado (3-3) put together a five-run sixth inning to power past the Islanders 5-0 Friday morning to open the Miken Classic at Getterman Stadium.
The Islanders tallied four hits, led by Dani Tefft, Valerie Perez, Michelle Sorenson and Hayley Galloway who each chipped in one apiece. The Islanders and Bears remained scoreless through five innings until Northern Colorado tallied five hits in the sixth inning with two outs.
The Islanders opened the top of the frame with one hit but left three stranded. With two outs, Meagan McKinney led the Islanders off with a walk before Perez hit a dropper to right field. Katelyn Potts followed with a walk to load the bases, but the Bears escaped with a 6-3 ground out.
The Bears tallied one hit in the bottom of the first frame with a hard single to Lindsey Lyles at third base, but the Islanders' defense ended the inning with two defensive plays in the infield.
Texas A&M - Corpus tacked on another run in the top of the second after Sorenson ripped a single through the left side and then posted her first stolen base of the season. Galloway followed with the Islanders' third hit of the game with a single to first.
Both teams remained scoreless through five innings of play until the Bears tacked on five runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth frame with two outs. After Northern Colorado's Mickayla Duffy reached base on a walk with one out, Lindsey Smith followed with a double to left center to put runners on second and third. Galloway followed with a 4-3 ground out to tally the second out, however Duffy scored on a wild pitch on the next play and Smith plated another Bears' run on an E6. Morgan Yuhas followed with a single up the middle before Kaitlyn Flynn hit a three-run homer over the center field wall to pad the Bears lead to 5-0. Tefft tallied the Islanders fourth hit of the game in the top of the seventh.
Constance Brandenburg (1-3) took the loss in the circle for the Islanders in six innings. The junior faced 26 batters and allowed five runs and six hits.
Kelci Cheney picked up the victory for the Bears in seven innings. She allowed four hits and walked three while striking out two batters.
GAME 2: PACIFIC 11, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 2 (Five Innings)
The University of Pacific (4-0) put up one run in the bottom of the first frame and followed it with a seven-run second inning and a three-run third inning to top the Islanders 11-2 in five innings of play at Getterman Stadium. The Tigers outhit the Islanders 10-1 in the second game of the Miken Classic.
Pacific posted two hits in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, the Tigers extended their lead to 8-0 with seven runs and six hits, including a three-RBI home run by Megan Foglesong.
The Tigers tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third on two hits, including a three-run homer by pitcher Nikki Armagost. The Islanders rallied back in the top of the fourth with two runs on one hit. Galloway started the frame with a double to left field. McKinney and Perez followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases. With two outs, Potts reached on an error by the shortstop to plate Galloway and McKinney. J.J. Jackson walked to load the bases for Tefft however the Tigers pulled out of the jam with a pop fly to third.
Ashley Elicerio (0-3) took the loss for the Islanders in 2.1 innings. The freshman struck out one batter while allowing 10 hits. Bethany Slick came in relief for Elicerio and pitched a half an inning facing just two batters. Brandenburg relieved Slick in the bottom of the fourth and faced four batters while giving up one walk.
Armagost (3-0) sealed her third victory in the circle for the Tigers. She allowed one hit and two runs while walking four in four innings.