March 1, 2012

Islanders Rally Falls Short in Opener Against Dallas Baptist

DALLAS – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team suffered its third loss of the season on Thursday night on a wind-blown night, falling 14-9 against Dallas Baptist in the opening game of the series. The Islanders rallied throughout the game before falling to the Patriots.

The Islanders are now 6-3 on the year, while the Patriots move to 4-5 on the season. Adam Hoelscher was tagged with the loss, giving up his first earned runs of the season while being knocked out of the game in the third inning, moving to 2-1 on the year.

In a game where DBU led by as many as nine runs on two occasions, the Islanders kept fighting their way back into the game before falling by the 14-9 final. Jonathan Gonzales had a big night, picking up the first home run of his Islanders career and picking up four RBI in the game.

Things looked promising early on for the Islanders, with Jeramie Marek leading off the game with a hit-by-pitch, moving to second on a balk and coming home on an Eric Weiss double that just missed being the first home run of his Islanders career. He hit a pitch to the deepest part of the ballpark and hit above the regular outfield wall, but not the second wall of the batter's eye in straightaway centerfield.

DBU struck back quickly however, plating two runs on a sacrifice fly and a solo home run for the 2-1 advantage. The Patriots added one runs in the second and third innings to grab a 10-1 lead.

Texas A&M – Corpus Christi got back on the board in the top of the fifth inning, plating two runs on two hits and a walk to cut the deficit to 10-3. The inning started with a Santiago Ruiz walk, and Jordan Lee coming on to pinch run for him. Brad Porras followed with a single to center that moved Lee to third and put runners on the corners. Marek then singled to right field and advanced to second on an error by the right fielder, which allowed Lee to score for the Marek RBI and Porras to score unearned.

DBU got back one of the runs in the bottom half to make it an 11-3 ballgame.

The Islanders added two more in the sixth, bringing home two runs on one hits and a couple of RBI groundouts. Weiss led the inning off with a single to left field, and moved to second on a Bobby Buckner walk. After the runners moved up on a wild pitch, Kyle Danford hit an RBI groundout to plate Weiss, while Gonzales followed with one of his own to score Buckner for an 11-5 score.

DBU pushed the lead to 14-5 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

After that, Jacob Dorris and Tim Beard came on to combine for 2.2 innings of shutout baseball to keep Texas A&M – Corpus Christi in the game.

The Islanders rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth, with Gonzales coming up with the Islanders first home run of the season on a three-run shot to right center to cut the deficit to 14-9.  Drew Vest started the inning with a walk, and moved to second on a Weiss groundout. After a Buckner walk Danford singled and moved to second on an error, while Vest scored to cut into the lead. After DBU changed pitchers, Gonzales hit a 3-1 pitch over the wall to make it 14-9 in favor of the Patriots.

The Islanders were unable to get any more runs in the ninth to continue the rally, falling to DBU in the series opener.

The teams will meet again on Friday night in another 7 p.m. start at Patriot Field. Live stats and audio will be available by visiting www.DBUPatriots.com.

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