WACO, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team dropped its final midweek game of the season, as Baylor was able to take advantage of two big innings to knock the Islanders off 8-4 on Wednesday at Baylor Ballpark.
This was the final midweek game of the season for the Islanders, with the game originally scheduled for Feb. 26 but had to be rescheduled because of inclement weather in the area, for A&M – Corpus Christi (25-21), compiling a 5-6 record during games on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Islanders were able to outhit the Bears 8-7, giving the Islanders a 19-5 record when outhitting its opponent. However, the team scattered its hits, as every knock came from a different Islander, with no one picking up a multi-hit night.
The Bears saw just one player secure two knocks, as Ben Carl went 2-for-3 at the dish with two RBIs driven in as well.
It was the visitors that got the scoring started, as the Islanders scored two runs in the top of the second to jump out to an early lead. Cody Stephens doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning, before Jacob Hubert picked up his third RBI of the year with a one out double down the opposite line.
Hubert moved up to third on a groundout, and then came in to score, as Lukas Hermanson chopped one over to the shortstop who was unable to field it, which brought Hubert in to scored the second run of the inning.
After consecutive 1-2-3 innings in the next two half innings, Baylor mounted their first threat in the bottom of the third. Tyler Schnuriger came on in relief of starter Dalton D'Spain, but had a rough start to the inning, giving up a single, walk and hit by pitch to load the bases.
However, he managed to tightrope his way out of the inning, by record an infield fly, followed by a double play to end the threat and maintain the Islanders' 2-0 lead.
A&M – Corpus Christi could not repeat the same results in the bottom of the fourth, though, as the Bears were able to load the bases with none away in the inning once again.
After Schnuriger allowed a single to cut the Baylor deficit to one, Kevin Landgrebe came on to try to work out of the jam, but he hit the first batter he faced to tie the game a two. He did get a groundout on his next, batter, but with the bases still loaded, the third run came in to give the Bears their first lead of the game.
With a scoreless outing in the top of the third, Kirkland continued to sail along on the mound for Baylor, throwing three more innings without giving up a run, while the Bears plated one more run in the sixth to make it a 4-2 game heading into the eighth.
That was when the Islanders were finally able to get to Kirkland, as Jordan Lee got on with a one out single to chase Kirkland from the game. He then advanced to third with his 17th stolen base of the year. A Frankie Salas single and a Brandon Tierney walk loaded the bases, as Tyler Ware then flied out to record a sacrifice fly, bringing Lee in to score to cut the lead to one.
However, the Bears were able to put the lead out of reach in the bottom of the eighth, as they scored four runs on just one hit, as the Islanders walked two batters, hit one and committed two errors.
The Islanders will now return to Southland Conference play, looking to improve upon their second best record in league play, as they travel west to take on conference newcomer Abilene Christian for the first time in school history.
Live audio for the series will be available on GoIslanders.com, with live stats and video on ACUsports.com.
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