CORPUS CHRISTI – Throughout the summer of 2013, GoIslanders.com will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2012-13 school year.
Every Thursday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Tuesdays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on GoIslanders.com throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.
Top Performance #1: Trevor Belicek Flirts With Perfection
After struggling to develop as a two-way player during his freshman season, Trevor Belicek flourished as a sophomore by focusing solely on his pitching. He finished with a 9-2 record — placing him one win shy of the school record — and a 3.12 ERA.
However, one outing stood out among all the others, as on April 20, Belicek put on a show in front of his home crowd by tossing a near no-hitter against Central Arkansas, throwing a complete-game, one-hit shutout. For good measure, the lefty struck out a career-high 10 batters along the way.
The Uvalde, Texas, native had it going early on setting down four out of the first seven batters via strikeouts. It was not until the top of the third, when a pitch hit the eighth-hole hitter, that Central Arkansas registered its first base runner of the game. There were not many other Bears on the basepaths though, as Belicek compiled five 1-2-3 innings, allowing just five total base runners the entire game.
Heading into the ninth, the visitor's hit column still had a zero in it, but the leadoff man would break up perfection with a single up the middle. The southpaw would not be denied the complete-game shutout though, as he retired three out of the next four hitters to secure the 3-0 victory for the Islanders.
It was a common occurrence for Belicek to dominate Southland Conference opponents, as he picked up seven wins without a loss to go along with a 2.58 ERA in conference play. He was also named a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson award, which was created to recognize the "Breakout Player of the Year."
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June 6 – #10: Jasmine Boutte Shines at SLC Indoor and Outdoor Championships
June 13 – #9: Johnathan Jordan's Double-Double at Lamar
June 20 – #8: Vanessa Johnson at Southland Championship
June 27 – #7: Brandi Huff's Second-Half Outburst vs. McNeese State
July 4 – #6: Logen Bourque Posts Second Triple-Double in Islanders History
July 11 – #5: Trevor Foss Mows Down UT-Pan American
July 18 – #4: Jonathan Gonzales Goes Off at Texas State
July 25 – #3: Nagy Leads Men's Tennis to HEB Tournament of Champions Title
Aug. 1 – #2: Roger De La Cruz Wins SLC Indoor High Jump Title
Aug. 8 –#1: Trevor Belicek Flirts With Perfection
June 11 – #10: Dance Places 11th at NDA Collegiate Championships
June 18 – #9: Men's Basketball Shoots Lights Out vs. Southeastern La.
June 25 – #8: Islanders Softball Walk-off Win Over SHSU
July 2 – #7: Women's Golf Takes Second at Harold Funston Invitational
July 9 – #6: Men's Cross Country Clocks School Best at Chile Pepper Festival
July 16 – #5: Women's Tennis Starts 8-0 to Enter Rankings
July 23 – #4: Baseball's Wild Win on Senior Day
July 30 – #3: Women's Basketball Knocks Off McNeese State
Aug. 6 – #2: Volleyball Wins Thriller Over UCA in Epic SLC Match