HOUSTON, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team picked up their first road win of the year on Tuesday, holding off a late rally by Houston to down the previously unbeaten Cougars.
The Islanders moved to 4-1 on the season, while Houston is now 3-1 on the year. Daniel Minor picked up the win in the start, pitching six innings and allowing no runs on five hits. The junior walked just one batter while striking out four to improve to 1-0.
Eric Weiss was the big bat for the Islanders, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI to lead his team to victory.
Things went scoreless the first two innings as the starting pitchers for each team got the better of each offense.
In the third inning, the Islanders were able to push across an unearned run to take the early 1-0 lead. Santiago Ruiz started things by singling to left field and moving to second on an error. After a passed ball moved Ruiz to third, Weiss laced his first double of the night down the left field line to score the runner and make it a 1-0 game.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi added another run in the next at-bat, scoring another unearned number to make it 2-0. Brad Porras reached on a hit-by-pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then advanced to third and scored on a wild pitch followed by an error by the catcher to score the run.
The third Islanders run came the very next inning, with the Islanders getting their only earned run of the game for a 3-0 lead on another Weiss RBI double. Jeramie Marek singled to center and stole second to move into scoring position. That brought up Weiss, who once again doubled to left to bring in Marek and stake his team to a 3-0 advantage.
Houston pulled within one run in the bottom of the eighth; plating two runs on three hits to make it a 3-2 game.
Phillip Garcia came on in the ninth, but things got tense as Houston put runners on first and third with just one out. Garcia got a Houston hitter top pop up to short, but Drew Vest dropped the ball trying to make the catch. Fortunately for the Islanders, he alertly picked the ball up and threw to second base, allowing the second out to be recorded and not allowing the runner at third to score. The next hitter crushed a ball to right field on a line drive, but Kyle Danford was there to put it away on the final out of the game. Garcia notched the first save of the year, and added to his school record for the ninth of his career.
For Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, in addition to Weiss, Marek, Danford and Ruiz each recorded one hit apiece for the Islanders.
Besides Minor and Garcia, Tanner Green pitched one-plus innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out one. Franco Pace gave up a run without the benefit of a hit as he hit the only batter he faced. Jacob Dorris saw a bit of redemption, bouncing back from his performance last weekend to give up no runs and two hits in an inning of work before Garcia came on to finish it off.
Next up for the Islanders will be the Kleberg Bank College Classic on Feb. 24-26, at Whataburger Field. They will play UNLV on Friday at 6 p.m., Nebraska at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Utah at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
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