HOUSTON – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball team looked to be in control early on, but a late rally saw the team fall 7-2 against Houston Baptist in the non-conference game on Tuesday.
The Islanders (21-15) scored the first two runs of the game, and had shutout the Huskies (16-16-1) through six innings, but HBU broke through for seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the game. Next up for the Islanders will be a weekend series at Chapman Field against Central Arkansas.
O'Shea Dumes got the start and pitched well, getting through 4.2 innings before being lifted as part of a planned substitution once Dumes passed a set amount of pitches. Franco Pace came on and threw 1.1 scoreless innings, but AJ Longoria (1-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on three hits and a walk without recording an out.
The Islanders got on the board first in the top of the fifth as Brad Porras launched a solo home run, his first of the season, over the left field fence to make it a 1-0 game.
The team tacked on another run in the top of the seventh, as pinch hitter Russell Vaughan singled to right center, moved to second on a ground out and came home to score on a Cody Stephens RBI double that made it a 2-0 lead.
HBU struck back quickly however, plating seven runs on six hits and one walk to storm back with a 7-2 advantage.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi was unable to muster any offense in the final two frames as the Huskies earned the win.
Stephens led the team with a 3-for-4 effort with one RBI, while Porras added two hits and the only other Islanders RBI. Vaughan was the only other player in the lineup to get a hit as the team was held to just six on the day.
The team must rebound quickly, as they host Central Arkansas this weekend at Chapman Field in a Southland Conference series. The Bears and Islanders will start the three game series with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday. Game two is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, with the Sunday finale starting at 1 p.m.
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