THIBODAUX, La. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball pitching staff has become known to rest of the team as "The Reapers" throughout the season, and they have backed it up throughout the series against Nicholls, allowing just two runs total in two games as the team won a 2-1 final on Saturday to earn the series win.
The final game of the Southland Conference series is set for a 1 p.m. start at Ray E. Didier Field on the Nicholls campus.
The Islanders (18-12, 5-3 Southland) got more strong performances from both starter Trevor Belicek (4-1) and relievers O'Shea Dumes and Jacob Dorris. Belicek went 5.1 innings and gave up just one run on eight hits while walking two and striking out five for the win. Dumes pitched the next 2.2 innings, allowing just two hits while striking out two batters and walking none. Dorris came on in the ninth and gave up one hit while striking out two to earn his seventh save of the year.
Offensively, the Islanders got hits from the first seven batters in the lineup, with Brad Porras and Zach Taylor leading the way with two apiece. Cody Stephens, Jordan Lee, Eric Weiss, Jonathan Gonzales and Russell Vaughan had one each. Taylor picked up the only RBI in the game for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
As they did in the Friday night game, the Islanders struck first, getting a run in the top of the second to take an early lead. Porras led off the inning with a double down the right field line, and he was followed by a double from Taylor down the right field line to score the first run for a 1-0 lead.
The third inning started with Stephens hitting a single through the left side and he moved to second when Lee drew a walk. Weiss hit a fly out to the center fielder, and Stephens appeared to tag up and move to third while Lee advanced to second, but an appeal on the play saw the third base umpire rule that Stephens left early to turn it into a double play.
That still left Lee on second though, and the Islanders left fielder moved to third and scored on an error by the shortstop as Gonzales reached on an infield single. That run made it 2-0 and would be the eventual winning margin.
Nicholls scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and threatened for more, but the Colonels' Tyler Duplantis was thrown out at home trying to steal a run to end the inning.
The Colonels threatened again in the sixth, getting a runner on with just one out, but Dumes would come on to get out of the inning. After a single put a pair of runners on, Dumes got an infield fly and a strikeout looking to end the threat and preserve the 2-1 lead.
The Colonels got another hit in the bottom of the eighth, but Dumes once again ended the inning with a strikeout to send it to the ninth at 2-1.
Dorris came on in the final inning and got a strikeout before a pinch hitter came up with a bunt single and moved to second on a throwing error. With the tying run in scoring position, Dorris calmly struck out the next batter for the second out and got a lineout to Taylor at shortstop to end the game.
Game three will start at 1 p.m., with the Islanders looking to earn their first series sweep in Southland Conference play. Taylor Byrd will start for Nicholls, while the Islanders starter will be Matt Danton.
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