Islanders Split with Bobcats in Two 10 Inning Games
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team (7-13, 3-3) battled Texas State Monday in a doubleheader for a combined 20 innings at Chapman Field. In the first game, the Bobcats (17-11, 3-1) and Islanders both put one run on the board in the fourth inning and remained scoreless until the 10th frame. Texas State tacked on two runs in the top of the inning to clinch their ninth straight victory, 3-1.
In the second game, the two teams stayed scoreless until the 10th frame when the Islanders took advantage of the international tiebreaker rule to plate Meagan McKinney on a Mickayla Heller fielder's choice to seal the 1-0 victory. With the win, the Islanders snapped the Bobcats nine-game winning streak and moved to 3-3 in conference play.
The Islanders will head back on the road to face UT Arlington on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. First pitch is at 6 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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GAME 1: Texas State 3, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 1
The Islanders and Bobcats stayed scoreless through three innings of play. Cassie Redman led the Islanders off with a single and snapped Texas State's 18 inning streak of not allowing a hit, but the Islanders were unable to bring her home. However, both teams were unable to execute any runs until the fourth frame. Texas State's Anna Hernandez singled up the middle to lead-off the inning. She advanced to second on a Chandler Hall sacrifice bunt and then advanced to third on another sacrifice bunt by the Bobcats. Hernandez plated Texas State's first run of the game on an error by the Islanders. Vianca Pesina pulled the Islanders out of the inning with two strikeouts, leaving two Bobcats stranded.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi responded in the bottom of the fourth with two hits and one run while snapping Texas State's streak of four games without a run. Jamise Jackson singled to right center to lead-off the inning to get the Islanders' bats rolling. Hayley Galloway who pinched ran for Jackson followed with her second steal of the season to advance to second before scoring on a Cassie Carroll RBI single to right center.
The Islanders and Bobcats stayed deadlocked through the next five innings, before Texas State scored two runs in the 10th on three hits and one error. Jordan Trujillo came in the circle for the Islanders in relief for Pesina in the top of the seventh. With the international tiebreaker rule in effect, the Bobcats put Jordan Masek on second and she advanced to third on a Selena Hernandez sacrifice bunt. The Bobcats took the 2-1 lead after Brooke Baker's RBI single to left field plated Masek. Texas State followed suit with another run after Baker advanced to third on a Haley Lemons' single to left field and scored on an Islanders' error.
Trujillo (3-5) took the loss for the Islanders in 4.0 innings. She allowed three hits, two runs, while striking out four batters. Pesina powered the Islanders through the first six innings. She allowed six hits, one run while walking two and striking out three batters.
GAME 2: Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 1, Texas State 0
Greta Cecchetti (3-3) held the Bobcats scoreless through 10 innings of action to propel the Islanders past Texas State 1-0. The senior struck out six batters, while walking just one in her second straight victory of the season. With the win, the Islanders snap the Bobcats nine-game winning streak.
The Islanders and Bobcats were unable to tack any runs on the board through nine innings, until the Islanders scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi left runners on base in the first, third, seventh and ninth before Heller scored McKinney on a fielder's choice. With the international tiebreaker rule in effect, Mckinney was placed on second and that's when Lindsey Lyles in her first career at-bat laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance McKinney to third. Heller then brought McKinney home to seal the Islanders victory.
Anne Marie Taylor (8-5) suffered the loss for the Bobcats in 9.1 innings. She allowed the Islanders three hits, one run, while walking one and striking out four.