CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball team fell behind early and was unable to rally, falling 12-1 in eight innings against Northwestern State in the opener of the Southland Conference series.
Game two is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday evening at Chapman Field. Trevor Belicek will try to get the Islanders back on track, while Andrew Adams will get the start for the Demons.
The Islanders (19-14, 6-4 Southland) got behind early as starter Trevor Foss (5-4) allowed two walks and four wild pitches, as he could not find the handle on the ball early on. In all, the pitching staff had seven wild pitches, nine walks and a hit-by-pitch in the game, as they were unable to recover from the rough start.
The Demons (11-23, 2-8 Southland) scored two in the first, three in the second and two in the third before Foss was knocked from the game with his team trailing 7-0.
AJ Longoria came in to start the fifth and gave up two unearned runs as the score reached a 9-0 Demons advantage.
The Islanders finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh, as Brandon Tierney singled through the right side, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on an RBI single by Cody Stephens through the left side to make it 9-1.
The Demons would add three more in the top of the eighth to take a 12-1 lead. With the Islanders unable to score in the bottom half of the eighth to extend it, the game ended due to the mercy rule in Southland Conference play.
Tierney and Brad Porras were the only hitters with two hits, while Stephens had the only RBI in the game for the Islanders.
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