CORPUS CHRISTI – Senior Greta Cecchetti recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts and tallied her fourth shutout of the season to power the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team to a 1-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin, Friday, at Chapman Field. With the win the Islanders have now clinched seven of their last eight conference games, including five in a row, to improve to 9-4 in Southland Conference action.
The Islanders (14-16, 9-4) outhit SFA 6-1 and didn't allow a Ladyjack base runner until the fourth inning. However, the Ladyjacks (11-26, 2-9) held 10 Islanders' base runners stranded.
Cecchetti (8-4) had an impressive day in the circle, retiring the first 11 batters she faced, with six of them being strikeouts. The senior didn't allow a base runner past second and limited the Ladyjacks to just three base runners. In seven innings, the Bollate, Italy native allowed a career-best just one hit while walking two and striking out a career-high 11 out 24 batters.
Valerie Perez led the Islanders' bats with two of the team's six hits. She went 2-for-3 while Stephanie Vead, Cassie Carroll, Meagan McKinney and Hayley Galloway each chipped in one apiece. Carroll also collected the Islanders only RBI of the day.
The Islanders got on board first in the opening frame. Sandy Schumann started things off with two outs with a walk and Vead reached base on an error. Carroll followed with an RBI single up the middle to plate Schumann to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead. Perez tallied the Islanders second hit of the game with a rip to second before Mckinney popped out to left field to end the inning.
Galloway recorded the Islanders third hit of the game with a single to right field and Vead collected one in the third to right field. Perez led the fourth inning with a single through the middle and Heather Harrill garnered her second stolen base of the season as she pinch ran for Perez.
In the fifth and sixth innings, the Islanders left a combined five base runners stranded. Leadoff hitter Redman started the inning with a walk before Hannah Schwarz reached base on an error. Schumann moved the runners to second and third on a sacrifice bunt and Carroll followed with a walk with two outs to load the bases. However, the Ladyjacks were able to pull out of the jam with an out at third.
The Islanders left two on in the sixth after McKinney blasted her second double of the season to right center. She recorded her first stolen base of the season before Galloway reached on a walk. SFA left both runners stranded as they escaped the inning with a strikeout, a pop fly and a ground out.
Cecchetti holds a perfect 7-0 record in conference play with a 0.54 ERA in 50.1 innings. She has allowed just three runs, 22 hits and has fanned 51 batters.
The Islanders will look for their third conference sweep of the season on Saturday when the Ladyjacks and Islanders meet at 12 p.m. for game two at Chapman Field.
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Coach Hughes talks about the 1-0 victory and Cecchetti's performance in the circle: