March 31, 2012

Islanders Rally Back to Score Seven Straight in 7-6 Thriller over Bears

CONWAY, Ark. – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team rallied back after falling behind 6-0 in the second inning to score seven straight runs in their first Southland sweep of the season, 7-6, over Central Arkansas Saturday at Farris Field.

The Islanders (10-14, 6-4) put together their biggest comeback of the season to earn their first sweep of the season. Central Arkansas (25-13, 5-3) scored six runs in the second inning before the Islanders rallied back to score in the next five innings to clinch their sixth conference win of the season.

Greta Cecchetti (5-3) earned her fourth straight victory in the circle after coming in for relief for Vianca Pesina. The senior tallied nine strikeouts, one away from her career best in 5.2 innings. She limited the Bears to just two hits while holding them scoreless for five consecutive innings.  

It was the second straight game the Islanders have tallied 10 or more hits. The Islanders outhit Central Arkansas 13 to seven. The Islanders are 9-1 this season when they outhit their opponents.

Cassie Redman, Cassie Carroll and Hayley Galloway each went 3-for-4 while Stephanie Vead tallied two RBIs. Hannah Schwarz, Sandy Schumann, Jamise Jackson and Vead all each collected hits.  

Redman started things off in the opening frame with a base hit and Schwarz advanced her to second on a groundout to third base. The Bears caught Redman trying to advance to third on a Schumann fielder's choice and followed it with a throw down to second to catch Schumann stealing to get out of the inning.

Pesina retired the first batter in the bottom of the first before Nicole Beals tallied the Bears first hit of the game up the middle. The Islanders escaped leaving one on base with two defensive plays.

In the bottom of the second, the Islanders had one costly fielding error and the Bears scored six runs on five hits to take a 6-0 lead.

The Islanders answered with their first run of the game in the third frame. Galloway started the inning with a double to left field and advanced to third on a Heller sacrifice groundout.  Redman's RBI double to left field plated Galloway.

The Islanders' bats carried over into the fourth inning with three hits and three runs. Jackson walked in the fourth and Carroll followed with a rip up the right side. Galloway's RBI single scored Jackson and Vead followed suit with a double up the middle to pull the Islanders within two.

Redman tallied her third hit of the game in the fifth with a hit up the middle and stole second for her fourth steal of the season. Schwarz moved her to third on a groundout and Schumann reached with a base hit. Jackson's sacrifice fly to centerfield scored Redman and cut the Bears lead to one.

Carroll homered over the left field fence on a 1-1 pitch to knot the score at 6-6. The freshman collected her second home run of the season and the Islanders seventh.

Schwarz led the seventh inning with a base hit and Schumann followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Cain, pinch running for Schwarz to second.  Jackson singled to shortstop to advance Cain to third. McKinney reached on a fielder's choice to plate Cain and pull the Islanders ahead by one, 7-6. Carroll singled to center field before the Bears pulled out of the inning.

Kristen Johnson (0-1) took the loss for the Bears in two innings pitched. She allowed four hits and one run.

The Islanders will return to Chapman Field to host Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. First pitch is at 2 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday. Wear pink to Saturday's game to show your support as the Islanders strikeout breast cancer.

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Coach Hughes, Cassie Carroll and Cassie Redman talk about the Islanders 7-6 Victory over Central Arkansas: