SAN MARCOS, Texas – A rain delay in the bottom of the seventh slowed the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi pitching staff, as it allowed four runs in two innings following the delay to fall 6-4 to Texas State on Tuesday.
Prior to that point, the bullpen had done a fantastic job, tossing five consecutive innings without allowing a run.
Zacarias Hardy had a strong night at the plate, coming on as a pinch hitter to tally two RBIs for the Islanders.
Jordan Lee got things going for the Islanders in the top of the first, coaxing a leadoff walk with freshman Dylan Bein making his first collegiate start. After the next two Islanders were set down, Lee used his speed to move all the way around to third, as he picked up a stolen base and then advanced 90 more feet on an arrant throw to second by the catcher.
After Bein came back to set down the next two Islanders, he administered his second free pass of the game to put runners on the corners with two outs. The Islanders then scored their first run of the game in an unusual way, as a balk advanced Ware to home to put the visitors up 1-0 in the top half of the inning without recording a hit.
However, it didn't take Texas State too long to jump on A&M – Corpus Christi's starter Tyler Schnuriger, who struggled out of the gate with a hit batter, single and a walk to load the bases without even recording an out.
He did, though, limit the damage, as two sacrifice flies were all the Bobcats were able to push across in the bottom of the inning.
With Texas State already up 2-1 in the second, AJ Flores came on in relief for the Islanders. He was unhittable out of the bullpen in his four innings of work, giving up no runs on no hits with five punchouts.
The only problem for the Islanders was that Bein settled into a rhythm on the bump as well, not allowing A&M – Corpus Christi to plate a run over the next four innings.
He did find himself in some trouble in the top of the fifth, as he walked Stephens with two outs to load the bases, spelling the end of his night. His replacement was able come in and get the out to insure Bein wouldn't get the loss since he didn't go a full five innings to be eligible for the win.
In his second inning back on the mound, Cory Geisler didn't fare so well, allowing the Islanders to load the bases once again. With just one out this time, Hardy took advantage of the extra out to work with, sending a fly ball out to the center fielder allowing Gibson enough time to tag up and tie the game up at one.
With the pace picking up significantly after it taking 40 minutes to get out of the first, the game came to another grinding halt heading into the seventh inning stretch, as the rain the teams were trying to avoid came out in full force and caused the tarp to be put on the field for rain delay.
The Islanders pitching seemed to be slowed down by the delay, as Dorris attempted to come back out for his second inning of work, but struggled, allowing the first two batters to reach. The two then came around to score to break the 2-2 tie and put the Bobcats up by a pair.
With the runners on first and third the following half inning, Hardy came through again with a big two-out knock to plate his second RBI of the game and pull his squad within one.
However, Texas State repeated its success from previous inning, hanging its second consecutive two-spot in an inning to push the lead back up to three.
A&M – Corpus Christi didn't go down without a fight, clawing their way back by plating a run and even bringing the go-ahead run to the plate before Hunter Lemeke picked up a strikeout to record the first save of the season for the Bobcats.
The Islanders were originally scheduled to continue up to Waco for a contest with Baylor on Wednesday, but the game has been postponed until April 30 due to inclement weather predicted to hit the area tomorrow.
The next games for A&M – Corpus Christi will now take part this weekend in a four-game series with UT Arlington starting on Friday.
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