Minor Cages Cardinals as Islanders Take 5-2 Win in Series Opener
BEAUMONT, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team earned a 5-2 victory on Friday night behind 10 hits and five runs from the offense, and a complete game with 10 strikeouts by Daniel Minor in the first game of the Southland Conference series against Lamar. The two teams are scheduled to play game two with a 2 p.m. start on Saturday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The Islanders improved to 22-27 overall, with a 13-15 mark in league games. Lamar fell to 19-28 on the year, 11-17 in conference. Minor pitched his fourth complete game of the season against the Cardinals, giving up 10 hits, but just two runs while striking out 10-or-more batters for the fourth time this season to improve his won-loss record to 9-2.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi also produced 10 hits, getting five runs of support for Minor to take the Friday night contest. Drew Vest, Jordan Lee and Weston Montgomery each had two hits on the night, while Eric Weiss produce two RBI. Weiss, Jonathan Gonzales, Brad Porras and Santiago Ruiz each had one hit in the game, while Gonzales, Lee and Montgomery had one RBI apiece.
In the first inning, Vest led off the game with a bounding double over the head of the third baseman, and moved over to third on a Weiss groundout. He came home to score on an RBI single by Gonzales to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
In the fourth inning, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi added to the lead after Porras singled, and came all the way around on a triple by Lee to make it 2-0. Montgomery added an RBI sacrifice bunt on a safety squeeze that brought Lee home for a 3-0 lead.
The next inning the Islanders added another pair to extend the lead to 5-0. Omar Garcia got the rally started with by drawing a one-out walk, and moved over to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. He advanced to third on a Vest single, and Vest advanced to second on a stolen base. Both runners came home to score on a two-RBI double to right center field by Weiss to make it a 5-0 game.
Lamar got on the board in the bottom of the sixth with two runs on three hits to cut the lead to 5-2, but it is all Minor allowed as he finished the game with a strikeout for his 10th of the night, marking his fourth complete game and his fourth of the year with 10-plus strikeouts.
The Saturday game between the two teams is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start on the Lamar campus. Trevor Foss will get the start for the Islanders, while Eric Harrington will be on the mound for the Cardinals.
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