CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team (10-13, 2-1 Southland) will look to extend its three-game winning streak, as it hosts Southeastern Louisiana (12-8, 2-1) for a three-game weekend series at Chapman Field.
The first game between the two squads is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. with junior Matt Danton getting the nod, going up against the Lions' Andro Cutura.
Danton (4-1, 3.31 ERA) is coming off a strong start in his last outing, as he led the Islanders to a win against Central Arkansas in their first Southland game of the 2014 season. He went seven innings, giving up three runs over a seven-innings span. The righty averaged a punchout an inning with seven on the night to run his total to 27 strikeouts this season, which is tied for the team high.
Cutura (2-1, 2.06) also had a strong showing in his team's first league outing despite picking up a no decision. The junior tallied six innings of work, while allowing three runs on nine hits. In his five starts, he has not allowed more than three runs in any start, while striking out a team-high 41 batters — 11 more than any other Lion.
He will be facing off against a hot Islander lineup that hit four homeruns in its doubleheader sweep of UTPA on Tuesday night. One of those was Jordan Lee, who currently is second on the team in both batting average (.301) and runs batted in (12).
Leading the Islanders in those two categories are Brandon Tierney for average (.338) and Kyle Danford in RBIs (18). Tierney also leads A&M – Corpus Christi with a .456 slugging percentage, as well as a .459 on-base percentage.
Pacing Southeastern at the dish has been Jameson Fisher, who has started in every game for the Lions and is hitting at a .403 clip to go along with 16 RBIs, which ranks second on the team.
Two other Lions feature double-digit RBI totals, as Brett Hoffman is first on the team with 18, while Andrew Godbold has 15 runs driven in on the year. Godbold has also reached base at a high percentage, with 25 knocks on the year to give him a .342 average.
Trevor Belicek (0-4, 5.28) will look to slow down these and the rest of Southeastern's hitters during game two of the series, as the lefty will look to pick up his first win of the year.
He will have another tough matchup, though, as he will face off against Tate Scioneaux (4-0, 1.53) who has yet to lose a game with four wins and a no decision in his first five starts. He joins his teammate Cutura, as he has gone at least six innings with three runs or less in each of his first five starts to make the duo just two of 20 pitchers nationally to pick up quality starts each of the five times they have taken the mound.
Action for game two is set for a 7:30 p.m. start on Saturday.
Wrapping up the action on Sunday at 1 p.m. will be Devin Skapura (2-2, 2.79) taking the mound against Kyle Keller (2-0, 2.83). Skapura boasts the lowest ERA on the Islanders' pitching staff, while Keller joins the rest of the Southeastern starters with a sub-three ERA.
Tickets are just $5 for adult general admission, 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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