Softball Falls to Kansas and Auburn on Opening Day of Best Western Classic
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi softball team dropped two games today on the opening day of the Best Western Marina Grand Islanders Classic at Chapman Field.
The Islanders (3-10) fell to Kansas in the first game 11-3 in six innings before dropping a 6-4 loss to Auburn in a game that was suspended after five innings due to darkness. Meagan McKinney powered the Islanders offense today with a total of four hits, including a perfect 3-for-3 against Kansas.
The Best Western Marina Grand Islanders Classic continues Saturday and Sunday at Chapman Field. The Islanders will take on New Mexico at 3 p.m. before wrapping the classic on Sunday at 11 a.m. against Southern University. All tournament passes are $15 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors. Day passes are $6 for adults and $4 for youth and seniors. For more information, click here. All fans without a valid Texas A&M - Corpus Christi parking pass or a disabled parking tag are required to park in the Bayside Parking Garage located on campus.
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GAME 1: KANSAS 11, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 3 (Six Innings)
After the Islanders sealed a 1-0 victory over the Jayhawks on Thursday, Kansas came back in the second game of the Best Western Marina Grand Islanders Classic to tally a season game-high 18 hits, including seven in the sixth frame to secure an 11-3 victory over the Islanders in six innings.
The Islanders jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI double by McKinney who went a perfect 3-for-3 in the game, including two doubles. McKinney plated Mickayla Cochran who singled through the left side to start the frame. Kansas' hurler Kelsey Kessler answered retiring the next two Islanders' batters.
The Jayhawks responded with three straight hits in the bottom of the first, but the Islanders' defense came up big. Michelle Sorenson threw down to second for the first out before an interference call was made and a pop up to Hayley Galloway at second pulled the Islanders' out of the jam.
Dani Tefft singled in the top of the second while McKinney and Valere Perez ripped back-to-back singles with two outs in the third but were left stranded. The Jayhawks knotted the score in the bottom of the third with the help of two hits. Leadoff hitter Alex Jones singled before scoring on 6-3 RBI put out by Mariah Montgomery. After the Jayhawks put up three runs in the bottom of the fourth on four hits, the Islanders responded back with three hits and two runs in the top of the fifth to pull within one.
With one out, Cochran singled and once again scored on a McKinney RBI double to right center. After Perez reached on an intentional walk, J.J. Jackson ripped a single to center field to plate McKinney and the Islanders' third run of the game.
Constance Brandenburg came in to relieve Ashley Elicerio in the Islanders' circle and retired the Jayhawks in order in the bottom of the fifth. However, Kansas struck back in the bottom of the sixth to seal the victory with seven runs on eight hits to cap the scoring.
Elicerio (0-5) took the loss for the Islanders in four innings. She allowed 10 hits and four runs. Brandenburg allowed eight hits in one inning.
McKinney led the Islanders with three hits while Cochran went 2-for-3 and Perez, Jackson and Tefft all chipped in one hit apiece.
GAME 2: AUBURN 6, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 4 (Five Innings)
The Tigers and Islanders stayed scoreless through two innings until Auburn posted one run in the third on two hits and five in the fourth to propel to a 6-4 victory in the final game of the day. The Islanders answered in the fifth with four runs on four hits but play was suspended at the end of the fifth due to darkness. The Tigers outhit the Islanders 8-6.
Jackson went 2-for-3 to lead the Islanders' bats while McKinney, Perez, Tefft and Natalie Zarzabal each added one hit apiece.
The Tigers got on board first in the third frame after Branndi Melero hit a RBI double to right center to plate Tiffany Howard who reached on a single to third base. Auburn padded the lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth with three hits. Kelsey Bogaards ripped a RBI single to center field with bases loaded to score Kristyn Richards, who came in to pinch run for Caitlyn Schultze, who reached base with a walk with one out. The Tigers tacked on two more runs after Bogaards and Jade Rhodes scored on a Morgan Estell single. Brandenburg came in to relieve Bethany Slick in the circle before Auburn plated their final two runs on an error.
The Islanders responded back in the bottom of the fifth with four runs on four hits. Tefft got things going with a bunt single with one out and Cochran followed with a fielder's choice. Lindsey Lyles advanced Tefft to third and Cochran to second with a sacrifice bunt to third base. With runners on second and third, McKinney ripped a solo shot to shortstop to plate Tefft for the Islanders' first run of the game. Perez followed suit with a RBI double to right field to score Cochran. The Islanders' bats rolled on with a two RBI single to right center by Jackson to plate Perez and McKinney. However, Carroll grounded out to second to end the inning and the game as play was suspended.
Slick (1-1) took the loss for the Islanders in 3.2 innings of work. The sophomore allowed six hits and six runs while walking two batters. Brandenburg recorded one strikeout and allowed two hits in 1.1 innings.