HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team used big hits from several people, and a strong six inning by Trevor Foss to knock off the No. 27 Sam Houston State Bearkats, the first place team in the Southland Conference, in the opening game of the Southland series on Friday night. The teams will continue the series on Saturday and are scheduled for a 4 p.m. first pitch in game two.
The Islanders improved to 18-24 on the year, and are now 10-14 in Southland Conference play. The Bearkats are 29-12 on the season, 17-5 in league games.
Foss pitched into the seventh inning and finished with 6.0 innings pitched, giving up just two runs on five hits while striking out a career-high nine batters against five walks to pick up his first win of the year and go to 1-6.
The Bearkats struck first, picking up two runs in the bottom of the first. After initial trouble in the form of two singles and a stolen base following the first two at bats, it looked like Foss would get out of the jam following a pair of strikeouts. However, a single by Kevin Miller that was up the middle and just got by Jeramie Marek plated the two runners for a 2-0 lead.
Offense was scarce in the following innings, as neither team could muster a run until the top of the fifth, with the Islanders picking up three on two hits and three walks.
Weston Montgomery came through with an RBI single to left that scored Marek from second to tie it at 2-2. Omar Garcia followed with a walk, and Montgomery and Garcia executed a double steal to move both runners into scoring position. Drew Vest earned a walk that loaded the bases, and Eric Weiss followed with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Montgomery to make it a 3-2 lead for the Islanders.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi would add single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to extend it to a 5-2 lead.
In the sixth, Jordan Lee doubled to lead off the inning, and came home to score on another ball that Porras crushed, this time off the wall to the deepest part of the park in center field to make it 4-2.
In the seventh, Stafford Brantley led the frame off with a walk, and Vest grounded out to the pitcher to move Brantley to second base. After an Eric Weiss single put runners on the corners, Jonathan Gonzales hit it to right field for an RBI sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.
When Foss ran into trouble to start the seventh, Tyler Schnuriger came on and was masterful in his appearance, pitching 2.1 innings and giving up no hits and just one walk while striking out two batters. Phillip Garcia came on for the final two outs to record his sixth save of the season, and his second in as many nights. Garcia struck out the first batter he faced, and got the final one to bounce into a game-ending groundout to Marek at second base.
The win in the opening game gives the Islanders momentum heading into Saturday with Adam Hoelscher on the mound. He will face off against Justin Jackson for SHSU.
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