LAFAYETTE, La. – Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team (4-9) split both of their games today on the second day of the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational at Lamson Park. In the first game, the Islanders tallied 10 hits against Nicholls State (4-13) and senior Greta Cecchetti registered a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings of work to propel the Islanders past Nicholls State, 9-1. In the night cap the Islanders tallied 10 more hits but dropped a close 7-6 loss to Stephen F. Austin (7-13).
The Islanders will conclude play tomorrow at the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational when they take on No. 12 Louisiana at 12:30 p.m.
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GAME 1: Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 9, Nicholls State, 1
The Islanders tallied one run in each of the first five innings before dominating the sixth frame with four runs to seal the 9-1 victory. Junior Meagan McKinney powered the Islanders bats with three hits and four RBIs and Laura Phillips added two hits and two RBIs. Stephanie Vead, Cassie Carroll, Hayley Galloway, Sandy Schumann and Mickayla Heller each chipped in one hit apiece. Schumann and Heller also each tallied one RBI.
Cecchetti (1-2) notched her first victory in the circle for the Islanders this season in six innings. She limited Nicholls State to just three hits, one run while walking three and striking out a career-high 10 batters.
Nicholls State put up a run in the opening frame off an Ashley Ray RBI single to center field to take an early 1-0 lead. The Islanders answered in the bottom of the first with one run to even the score. With two outs, Phillips doubled down the left line to plate Carroll who reached base on a walk.
The Islanders pulled ahead in the second inning and took the lead for good, plating a run in each of the next three innings. Galloway led the second inning by reaching base on a bunt and advanced to second on a Schumann groundout. Heller ripped an RBI double down the left line to score Galloway and give the Islanders a 2-1 lead.
McKinney plated the Islanders third run of the game with a homer to center field off an Ashton Bennett pitch with two outs. The Islanders then built a 4-1 lead in the fourth frame. Schumann started the inning with a walk before stealing second. Heller's groundout moved Schumann to third before Jamise Jackson reached first on an error to score Schumann. SVead kept the Islanders bats rolling with a double to right center and Carroll chipped in a single to the pitcher.
The Islanders tacked on another run in the fifth inning off a Schumann triple to right field to plate Haleman. In the sixth frame, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi's powerful bats continued to dominate. Cassie Redman and Carroll led the inning with walks and Phillips ripped an RBI single to center field to pad the lead to 6-1. McKinney then stepped up to the plate and blasted her second homer of the day, to bring in three more runs and lead the Islanders to a 9-1 victory.
GAME 2: Stephen F. Austin 7, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6
The Islanders fell behind early to the Ladyjacks but rallied back to knot the score at 4-4 in the fifth. However, a three-run sixth inning pushed SFA ahead for good. The Islanders put together a late rally in the final frame but came up short, 7-6, in the Islanders second game of the day.
Constance Brandenburg (0-1) took the loss for the Islanders in four innings in the circle. She limited the Ladyjacks to three hits, while striking out two and walking two. Jordan Trujillo (3-2) received the starting nod in the circle and allowed five hits, while striking out three and walking just one in three innings of work.
The Ladyjacks started things off with three runs in the opening frame on two hits. Elizabeth Arana hit a three-run homer to center field off a Trujillo pitch. The Islanders responded with a run in the bottom of the first. Schwarz broke the inning open on a solo bunt and tacked on the Islanders first run of the day on a sacrifice fly from Phillips.
Stephen F. Austin built a 4-1 lead in the top of the second. Elizabeth Arana doubled to left center to bring Jessica Arana home. The Islanders scored another run in the fourth frame when Jackson's RBI double down the right field line plated Vead who reached base on a fielder's choice.
The Islanders' bats came alive in the fifth to score two runs and even the score at 4-4. Schwarz started things by reaching base on an error and eventually scored on a McKinney groundout RBI. Vead followed suit with a single to the left field side to plate Heller, who reached base on a bunt.
SFA pulled ahead in the top of the sixth to build a three-point cushion. The Ladyjacks scored three runs on three hits to take a 7-4 lead. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Islanders left three stranded on base. Galloway and Haleman both took walks and advanced to second and third off a Schwarz groundout bunt. Heller singled to third to load the bases.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Islanders rallied with two hits. McKinney singled to right field and scored on redshirt freshman Valerie Perez's two-run homer over left field to bring the Islanders within one with two outs. However, Thomas pulled the Ladyjacks out of the inning by ending the game with a strikeout.
Angela White (3-4) sealed the victory in the circle for the Ladyjacks while Carlie Thomas picked up the save.
Heller powered the Islanders offense with three hits, McKinney added two and five other Islanders tallied at least one hit apiece. Perez in her second career at-bat tallied two RBIs, while Phillips, McKinney, Vead and Jackson each registered one apiece.