March 2, 2013

Softball Falls to Texas State and Purdue on Day Two of CenturyLink Classic

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team came up short on the second day of the CenturyLink Classic at Bobcat Softball Stadium. The Islanders dropped a 7-1 decision to Texas State before falling to Purdue in the night cap, 7-0.

The Islanders will wrap play tomorrow at 10 a.m. when they take on North Texas for the third time this season.

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GAME 1: TEXAS STATE 7, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 1

Sophomore Lindsey Lyles cranked her second home run of the CenturyLink Classic, but a four-run sixth inning by Texas State lifted the home team to a 7-1 victory Saturday afternoon.

The Islanders (5-13) tallied five hits with Mickayla Cochran, Hayley Galloway, Michelle Sorenson, Dani Tefft and Lyles all chipping in one apiece. The Bobcats (3-14) sealed their first victory of the classic on with seven hits.  

Texas State got on board in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs on one hit and tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth on two hits to take a 3-0 lead. 

With one out in the top of the fifth, Lyles stepped to the plate and drilled her second career homer with a solo shot over the left field wall to put the Islanders on the board.

Tefft started the top of the sixth off with a single through the left side but was caught stealing for the first out of the inning. Cochran followed with a chopper to the catcher and advanced to second on a Galloway single down the left base line. However, the Islanders were caught in a double play after Meagan McKinney lined out to second base.

Texas State added four runs on two hits in the bottom of the sixth. Bethany Slick replaced Islanders' hurler Constance Brandenburg in the circle in the bottom of the sixth with runners on first and second with no outs. After a walk loaded the bases, the Bobcats' Timishia Niorth scored on a hard rip to Cassie Carroll at third base. With bases loaded, the Islanders tallied two outs with a 3-2 play and a pop fly to Carroll. Texas State added three more runs on two outs. Jordan Masek scored on Haley Lemons single to right field before Kelli Baker and Coralee Ramirez scored on a Courtney Harris double to center field.  

Brandenburg (3-6) took the loss for the Islanders in the circle. The junior allowed five hits and five runs while striking out two and walking three in five innings of work. Slick allowed two hits and two runs while walking one in one inning.

Ashley Wright (2-5) sealed the win for the Bobcats in seven innings. She allowed five hits, one run and one walk.

GAME 2: PURDUE 7, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 0

In the night cap, the Islanders faced Purdue for the second time in the CenturyLink Classic. The Boilermakers put up three runs in the first inning and four in the fourth frame to seal a 7-0 victory over the Islanders. Purdue outhit the Islanders 8-2 with Sorenson going 1-for-2 while Galloway went 1-for-3 to lead the Islanders.

The Boilermakers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on one hit. With one out, Lindsey Rains started the frame with a walk before stealing second. The Islanders had back-to-back mishaps resulting in an unearned run for the Boilermakers. After a fly out to Tefft in left field, for the second out of the inning, Purdue's Andie Varsho scored on a Cochran error in center field. Purdue loaded the bases after back-to-back walks and Tori Chiodo followed with a RBI single through the left side for the Boilermakers third run of the frame.

The Islanders had runners in scoring position in the top of the second. J.J. Jackson led the inning with a walk before Lyles reached on an error. Carroll followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance Jackson to third and Lyles to second. However, Jackson was called out at home after trying to score on a wild pitch and Lyles advanced to third. Natalie Zarzabal grounded out to third to end the inning.

Purdue put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth on five hits to take a 7-0 lead. The Boilermakers started the inning off with back-to-back triples to plate one run. Rains followed with a RBI bunt to plate another Boilermaker run. Purdue added a pair of runs on a Erika Petruzzi double to right center. The Islanders pulled out of the jam leaving three Bobcats on after Ashley Elicerio relieved Slick in the circle to face two batters.

Sorenson singled up the middle in the top of the fifth with two outs and Galloway singled to center field in the top of the sixth with one out to cap the Islanders' bats.

Slick (1-2) took the loss for the Islanders in the circle. She allowed eight hits and seven runs in 3.2 innings. Elicerio came in for relief and walked three while facing nine batters in 2.1 innings.

Lilly Fecho (5-4) picked up the win for the Boilermakers in five innings. She struck out five batters and allowed two hits and one walk.