Softball Suffers a Pair of Losses to HBU in Southland Doubleheader

GAME 1 BOX SCORE | GAME 2 BOX SCORE

HOUSTON – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team fell to Houston Baptist today in a Southland Conference doubleheader at Husky Field. HBU outhit the Islanders 9-6 en route to a 4-1 win in the opening game, before costly errors and a pair of four-run innings for HBU lifted the home team to an 8-0 win in the second game.

The Islanders (15-36, 10-15 SLC) and Huskies (21-25, 14-12 SLC) will wrap the series Sunday at 2 p.m.

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GAME 1: HOUSTON BAPTIST 4, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 1

Cassie Carroll went 2-for-3 to lead the Islanders' bats while Hayley Galloway tallied a pair of hits, but the Huskies outhit the Islanders 9-6 to win the opening game of the series, 4-1. 

The Islanders put a runner in scoring position in the top of the third after Carroll drilled her second double of the season to right center to lead off the frame. After a wild pitch landed Carroll on third, the Huskies pulled out of the frame with a pair of ground outs and strikeout.

HBU got on board in the bottom of the third with one out. After Liz Carter tossed her second strikeout of the game, Lauren Schwirtlich hit a triple off the left field wall. Shay Orsak then sent a RBI double to left field over the head of Dani Tefft to score Schwirtlich for the first run of the game. Carter settled in and retired the next two Huskies to pull the Islanders out of the frame.

The Huskies tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth on a pair of hits. After Victoria Granchelli reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a passed ball, Cecilia Bauer hit a RBI double to left center to plate Granchelli for the second run of the game.   

The Islanders rallied in the top of the fifth to push a run across on a pair of hits. J.J. Jackson nailed her seventh double of the season with a shot down the left field line to start things off in the top of the fifth before Natalie Zarzabal came in to pinch run. After a fly out by Mackinzee Griebel, Carroll reached on an error by the Huskies before a wild pitch landed Zarzabal on third and Carroll on second. Cassidy Ivy then came in to pinch hit for Dani Tefft and hit a pop fly before Galloway ripped a RBI single through the middle to plate Zarzabal. With Carroll on third after the single and Galloway on second after a stolen base, Mickayla Cochran hit a hard line out back to HBU's pitcher Emily Mueller to end the rally. 

HBU extended their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth after scoring a pair of runs on two hits. After a walk and a single to center field, the Huskies loaded the bases after a hit by pitch. Carter then picked up her fourth strikeout of the game before Granchelli hit a two-run single through the middle to score Orsak and Kirsten Schwirtlich.  

The Islanders loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Carroll registered her second hit of the game with a single to left field and advanced to second after an infield single by Tefft. Galloway then loaded the bases after she reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop. However, the Huskies turned the line out by Cochran into a double play to end the game.

Carter (12-18) took the loss for the Islanders in her 20th complete game of the season. The freshman allowed nine hits and four runs, while walking one and striking out four in six innings.

Mueller (8-10) secured the win for the Huskies in seven innings. She limited the Islanders to six hits and an unearned run, while walking one and striking out two Islanders.

GAME 2: HOUSTON BAPTIST 8, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 0 (6 INNINGS)

HBU's Shannon O'Connor limited the Islanders to just two hits and the Huskies scored four runs in the fourth and sixth frames to secure an 8-0 victory in six innings. Valerie Perez blasted her 12th double of the season in the opening frame with two outs while Griebel hit a single through the middle in the top of the fifth.  

Constance Brandenburg and the Islanders' defense held the Huskies off the board until they put together a two-out four-run bottom of the fourth on five hits and an Islanders' error. With one out, Daniella Rodarte hit a single to right center before Cochran snagged the line out in center field. The Huskies followed with three straight singles with two outs to plate three runs. Lauren Schwirtlich hit a single through the middle before Orsak hit a RBI single to left field to score Rodarte. Kirsten Schwirtlich followed with a two-run single to right field to plate Orsak and Lauren Schwirtlich. Alyssa Burnett then pushed Kirsten Schwirtlich across after a double to left center.

The Huskies tacked on four more runs on one hit and two Islanders' errors in the sixth to garner the win. Orsak hit a two-run double to center field to score Lauren Schwirtlich, who reached on an Islanders' fielding error and Rodarte, who reached on a leadoff walk. After a hit by pitch, put Huskies on first and second, Burnett reached on a fielder's choice after a throwing error by the Islanders resulted in an unearned run for the Huskies. Melissa Herman then hit a sacrifice fly out to center field to plate Kirsten Schwirtlich to end the game.

Brandenburg (1-15) suffered the loss for the Islanders in 5.2 innings. The senior allowed 10 hits and eight runs, just three of them earned, while walking three and striking out one Husky. 

O'Connor (8-6) limited the Islanders to just two hits and didn't allow a run or a walk in six innings. She also registered seven strikeouts in the win.