Softball Splits with Texas State, Jackson Hits Fourth Career Homer
SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team split with Texas State today in a non-conference doubleheader at Bobcat Softball Stadium. After falling 13-0 in five innings in the first game, senior J.J. Jackson cranked a two-run home run in the second game to power the Islanders to a 2-0 victory.
Freshman Liz Carter limited the Bobcats (14-10) to just three hits while picking up her sixth victory of the season in the Islanders' (6-17) circle. Mickayla Cochran went 3-for-5 on the day to power the Islanders' bats.
A&M - Corpus Christi will continue conference play when they travel to Natchitoches, La. to take on Northwestern State in a three-game series starting on Saturday, March 15.
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GAME 1: TEXAS STATE 13, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 0 – 5 INNINGS
The Bobcats scored in each of the first four innings and recorded 10 hits en route to a 13-0 win in the first game. Cochran tallied the Islanders lone hit of the game in the top of the fifth with her third triple of the season.
Texas State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening frame. After Cochran snagged the line out in center field, Timishia North recorded the Bobcats' first hit of the game with a single to left field before advancing to second. Kendall Wiley then reached on a walk before a hit by pitch loaded the bases for the Bobcats. Constance Brandenburg answered with her first strikeout of the game before back-to-back hit by pitches and a walk plated three runs for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats extended their lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the second with three runs on two hits. Leadoff hitter Kelli Baker hit a double to right center before North reached on a walk. Wiley then stepped to the plate and hit a three-run home run over the right field wall to score Baker and North.
In the bottom of the third, Texas State added a run on three hits to take a 7-0 lead. Delia Saucedo and Katie Doerre hit back-to-back doubles and North reached on a RBI walk to score Doerre. The Islanders escaped the inning with a 1-2-3 double play.
The Bobcats put together a six-run bottom of the fourth to take a 13-0 lead. After a walk and a single, Coralee Ramirez hit a RBI double to left field to score Courtney Harris, who reached on a walk. Saucedo followed with a sacrifice fly to Mackinzee Griebel in right field to plate Kortney Koroll, who singled to center field. The Bobcats plated another run after Ramirez scored on a RBI ground out by Dorerre. Texas State plated three more runs after Baker hit a two-run home run over the right field wall and North followed with the Bobcats' 13th run of the game with a home run over right field.
In the top of the fifth with one out, Cochran drilled the Islanders' first hit of the game with her third triple of the season to left field.
Brandenburg (0-7) suffered the loss for the Islanders. The senior allowed nine hits, 12 runs and seven walks while striking out one in 3.2 innings. Katie Blanar came in relief and allowed one hit and one run while facing two batters.
Rayn House (11-5) picked up the victory for the Bobcats. She limited the Islanders to just one hit while striking out three in five innings.
GAME 2: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 2, TEXAS STATE 0
A&M - Corpus Christi's bats came alive in the second game to outhit the Bobcats 7-3. Dani Tefft, J.J. Jackson and Cochran all went 2-for-3 while Hayley Galloway chipped in one hit. The Islanders' defense was strong and held Texas State off the board.
The Islanders' bats caught fire in the top of the fourth with two runs on two hits to take a 2-0 lead. With one out, Tefft tallied the Islanders' second hit of the game with an infield single before collecting her sixth stolen base of the season. After a fly out by Valerie Perez, Jackson stepped to the plate and blasted her third home run of the season deep over the right field wall to score Tefft and put the Islanders on the board 2-0.
The Islanders put runners in scoring position in the top of the seventh. Jackson started things off with a single to center field for her second hit of the game and Cochran followed with a bunt single right in front of home plate to advance Natalie Zarzabal, who came in to pinch run for Jackson, to second. However, the Bobcats pulled out of the inning with three straight outs.
Carter (6-7) was superb in the Islanders' circle, securing her sixth victory of the season in the circle. The freshman limited the Bobcats to just three hits while walking one and striking out one in seven innings.
Kaylee Garner (1-4) took the loss for the Bobcats. She allowed three hits and two runs while recording one strikeout in four innings.