April 29, 2014

Softball to Host Cougars Wednesday in Final Non-Conference Game

TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (15-33) VS. HOUSTON (29-19) | CHAPMAN FIELD | CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

Wednesday, April 30 • 3 p.m.  

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CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team will host their final game at Chapman Field this season when they face Houston for a non-conference single game on Wednesday, April 30, at 3 p.m. The Islanders are coming off their third straight series win in Southland play after securing two out of the three victories over Sam Houston State.

Freshman Liz Carter has a solid weekend in the Islanders' circle. She picked up two wins over the Bearkats while recording a 1.56 ERA. Carter tossed 18 innings while recording five strikeouts in two complete games. Cassie Carroll led the Islanders' bats with a .385 batting average for the week with a home run, a double and three RBIs. She went 2-for-3 in the second game against the Bearkats and tallied three hits over the weekend against Sam Houston State. For the week, she recorded a .692 slugging percentage.

Valerie Perez leads the Islanders with a .331 batting average while the Islanders have three hitting over .300, Mickayla Cochran, Brittney Morse and Dani Tefft. Perez also leads the Islanders with a team-best 48 hits, including 10 doubles. Morse has cranked a team-high seven home runs while Cochran has tallied a team-best 27 runs. Tefft has been incredible on the bases this season, with a season-high 13 stolen bases, which ties Caley Jeter (2010) and Amber Robinson (2007) in sixth place in Islanders history for a single season. Tefft has now registered 20 stolen bases in her career, which ties Kacie Smith (2010-11) in eighth place in the Islanders record book.  

Carter (12-17) also makes her way into the Islanders career record books with 19 complete games (T-8th). Her 12 wins match Vianca Pesina (2011) and Addie Tallman (2010) in eighth place for a single season, while her 29 starts and 190.2 innings pitched are good for eighth place for a single season. This season the freshman has tossed 94 strikeouts in 190.2 innings while collecting a 4.44 ERA in 35 appearances. 

The Islanders will host the Cougars, who will enter Wednesday's game on a four-game losing streak and an overall 29-19 record. Houston has dropped seven of their last eight games, including three straight against Central Florida.  

As a team, the Cougars are hitting .286 while holding their opponents to a .276 batting average. Katie St. Pierre leads the team offensively with a .403 batting average and a team-best 54 hits. In the circle, Houston depends on three pitchers to get the job done. Diedre Outon (14-8) holds a team-best .289 ERA in 31 appearances and 130.2 innings.

Wednesday's game will mark the 19th meeting between the two teams with the Cougars holding the all-time series record, 13-5. The last time the Islanders met up with the Cougars was in 2012. The Islanders faced the Cougars three times during the year in Houston and the Cougars picked up all three wins.  

Following Wednesday's game, the Islanders will head back on the road for their final regular-season Southland Conference games at Houston Baptist. The Islanders will face the Huskies in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 3, starting at 1 p.m. before wrapping the series on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m.

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