CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team will face off against Texas-Pan American once again this season, as the two teams will play a doubleheader Tuesday with first pitch for game one scheduled for 2 p.m. at Chapman Field.
The Islanders (8-13) are coming off a strong start to Southland Conference play, as they recently took two out of three against Central Arkansas. The Broncs (10-11) enter the midweek matchup falling in four of their last five. However, UTPA has had a tough schedule as of late, playing back-to-back series against No. 25 Texas A&M and No. 15 Oklahoma State, respectively. The Broncs lone win came in a 3-1 victory in their series opener with the Cowboys.
The two squads met to start the 2014 season, playing a four-game series in Edinburg, as both teams each won a pair to split the series.
Making his second start of the year against the Broncs and third overall will be junior Gavin Williamson (0-1, 6.75 ERA). In his first start with the Islanders, Williamson went 3 and 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and picked up the no decision against UTPA. He then picked up the loss in 4 1/3 innings pitched against BYU and has seen his other 1 and 2/3 of an inning by coming out of the bullpen since.
Starting against Williamson will be Kyle Tokunaga (1-2, 8.16) who will be making his second start of the year. However, he has seen action in several games out of the bullpen, appearing in nine games so far this season, which ranks second on the team. He pitched in two games against the Islanders earlier this year, with a scoreless inning in game one before not picking up an out while allowing three runs in his second appearance against A&M – Corpus Christi.
In game two, Dalton D'Spain (0-0, 2.25) will make the first start of his career for the Islanders. This year D'Spain has made eight appearances out of the bullpen, giving up two earned runs with three strikeouts.
Matching up against him will be Matt Daniels (0-2, 7.95), who has made two starts this year with one of which coming against the Islanders. He didn't fare so well in that meeting, as he allowed five runs, only two earned, off of six hits in 2 and 2/3 innings pitched.
The Islanders will look to continue their recent success at the plate, especially Dawson Yates who went 6-of-11 last weekend to see his average raise up to .400. Brandon Tierney has also hit for a high average, currently hitting at a .311 clip to go along with a team-high .447 on-base percentage.
Alex Howe has paced the Broncs at the plate with his .319 average and is also tied with for a team-high 10 RBIs. Alberto Morales is the other UTPA member with 10, as he also is tops on the team with six extra base hits.
Tickets are just $5 for adult general admission to both games, while discounted tickets of $3 for children 16 & under, seniors 60 & over, Islanders Faculty/Staff and Military ID can be purchased as well.
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