CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team matched a season high in hits, while Trevor Foss struck out a career-high 11 batters to lead the Islanders to an 11-2 victory over McNeese State on Senior Day. The school honored 11 seniors prior to the game, and sent them out as winners in their final home game.
The Islanders are 21-27 on the season, and move to 12-15 in Southland Conference play. McNeese drops to 19-26 overall, 13-14 in league games. Foss was masterful in 6.0 innings pitched before giving way to seniors in the final three innings of the game. He allowed six hits and two unearned runs while striking out 11 to earn his second victory of the season.
He was backed up by 17 hits as Texas A&M – Corpus Christi tied the previous high this season while scoring 11 runs. They scored one run in the first, second and sixth innings, while getting three in the third and five in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
The second inning saw senior Jeramie Marek single to center, followed by a single from Jordan Lee to put runners on first and second. After a sacrifice bunt by senior Santiago Ruiz to move the runners up, senior Omar Garcia hit an RBI groundout to short to make it a 2-0 game.
A big third inning started with Gonzales singled up the middle, and Brad Porras singled down the left field line. Marek followed with an RBI double to plate Gonzales, while Porras advanced to third and scored on an error by the centerfielder. Lee singled through the right side to bring home Marek to bring the score to 5-0.
The score ballooned to 10-0 after the fifth in which the Islanders scored five more runs.
Eric Weiss started the inning off with a double to right, and moved to third on a single from Gonzales. Montgomery walked to load the bases, and Porras followed with a single to right center that plated Weiss for a 6-0 game.
After a pitching change by McNeese, Marek hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Gonzales and moved Montgomery to third. Lee followed with another single that brought home Montgomery, and Ruiz plated another run with an RBI single down the right field line. After Garcia reached on a fielder's choice that eliminated Ruiz from the base path, Drew Vest singled to the shortstop to bring home the final run of the inning in the form of Lee to make it 10-0.
The Cowboys scored two unearned runs in the top of the sixth to avoid the mercy rule, but the Islanders responded with another run in the bottom of the inning to finish the scoring in the game.
Gonzales led off the inning with his fourth hit of the game, a single through the left side, and advanced to second on a Dan Sciantarelli groundout. Marek came through with another RBI single to score Gonzales for an 11-2 lead.
It would hold up, as seniors Michael Boyle, Alex Jack and Marc Damon came on to pitch three shutout innings against McNeese. The trio each had at least one strikeout in the game, with Damon notching two over the final 1.1 innings.
The senior Marek had a big day at the plate, driving in three runs and going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Gonzales added four hits, Lee had three and Porras had a pair of singles on the day. Vest, Weiss, Kyle Danford, Montgomery and Ruiz each had one hit in the game. Lee had two RBI, while Vest, Montgomery, Porras, Ruiz and Garcia had one apiece.
Next up for the Islanders will be a six-game road trip to end the season, starting next Friday at Lamar. The teams will play a three-game series in Beaumont, with a game each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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