HAMMOND, La. – After dropping a 5-0 loss to Southeastern Louisiana in game one, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team bounced back in game two with a season-high 13 hits to clinch a 6-0 victory Friday evening at North Oak Park.
The Islanders (7-25, 2-9 SLC) scored one run in the third and four in the fourth before adding one in the sixth to seal their second conference victory and third shutout of the season.
The Islanders and Lady Lions (19-12, 6-5 SLC) will face off in a rubber match tomorrow at 12 p.m. at North Oak Park.
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GAME 1: SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 5, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 0
Southeastern Louisiana scored one run in the second and fourth before putting together a three-run, three hit bottom of the sixth inning to seal a 5-0 victory. The Lady Lions outhit the Islanders 9-3, with Mickayla Cochran, Hayley Galloway and Valerie Perez all chipping in one hit apiece for the Islanders' bats.
The Islanders left two stranded in the top of the first. Cochran and Galloway opened the game with back-to-back walks before Meagan McKinney flew out to right field, Laura Phillips popped out to second base and J.J. Jackson grounded out to second base.
Perez recorded the first hit of the game in the top of the second with a one-out single through the left side. The Lady Lions got on board in the bottom of the second with one run on one hit. After a fielder's choice recorded the second out of the frame, Tori Sheppard doubled down the right field line to plate Katie Doyle who reached on a fielder's choice. Constance Brandenburg recorded her first punch out of the game to pull the Islanders out of the frame.
Cochran jumpstarted the Islanders' bats in the top of the third with a leadoff double down the left field line and Galloway reached on a sacrifice after a fielding error at third base. However, the Islanders tallied three straight fly outs to end the inning.
The Islanders defense came out strong in the bottom of the third. After back-to-back singles by the Lady Lions with one out, Lyles recorded the next two outs to escape with runners on first and second.
Southeastern Louisiana posted another run in the bottom of the fourth on three hits. After a leadoff single by Megan McCollum, Brandenburg recorded the first out of the inning with a 1-3 ground out. Sheppard followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Kayla Elswick then hit a RBI single to left field to plate McCollum and give the Lady Lions a 2-0 lead. Brandenburg pulled the Islanders out of the jam with a double play at first after a line out.
Galloway recorded the Islanders' third hit of the game with a single through the right side in the top of the fifth with two outs.
The Lady Lions tacked on three runs in the bottom of the sixth, all unearned, on three hits after an Islanders' error to extend the lead to 5-0.
Brandenburg (4-11) took the loss for the Islanders in the circle. She allowed eight hits, five runs, two of them earned, while walking two and striking out two in six innings.
Kenna Terry (5-2) picked up the victory for the Lady Lions. She limited the Islanders to three hits and no runs while walking two and striking out one in seven innings.
GAME 2: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 6, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 0
The Islanders bounced back in game two of the series with a season-high 13 hits en route to a 6-0 victory. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi snapped a 10-game losing streak to pick up their second conference victory of the season. The Islanders put together a solid performance all around as Ashley Elicerio pitched her first complete game five-hit shutout.
Galloway, McKinney, Perez, Natalie Zarzabal and Dani Tefft all went 2-for-4 to power the Islanders offense while Cochran, Lyles and Phillips all chipped in one hit apiece. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi tied a season-high six RBI in the victory.
Galloway recorded the Islanders' first hit of the game in the opening frame. With one-out, the sophomore ripped a double down the left field line, her second of the season. However, two fly outs by Lyles and Phillips capped the frame.
McKinney tallied the second hit of the game after she drilled a single to right field to lead off the top of the second inning. Jackson popped up to third on the bunt attempt before Perez followed with a dropper to right center to advance McKinney to second. Zarzabal followed with a fielder's choice as Perez was called out at second. With runners on the corners with two outs, Dani Tefft grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.
The Islanders got on board in the top of the third with one run on two hits. Cochran started things off with a leadoff double to right center and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Lady Lions. Galloway followed with a RBI single to left center to plate Cochran and give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.
The Islanders' bats got hot in the top of the fourth with four hits to extend their lead to 5-0. With one out, Perez reached first on a fielding error by the Lady Lions' shortstop before Zarzabal stepped to the plate. The freshman cranked her second career homer over the left field wall to bring in Perez and pad the Islanders lead to 3-0. Tefft followed suit with a single to shortstop before Cochran reached base on a walk to advance Tefft to second. Galloway then recorded a fielder's choice as Tefft was called out on the play. With two outs, Lyles and Phillips each drilled RBI singles to score Cochran and Galloway to right field to knock in Cochran and Phillips and give the Islanders a 5-0 lead.
Elicerio retired nine straight Lady Lions through the first through four innings. Southeastern Louisiana tallied their second hit of the game with two outs after Megan Moore singled to Perez at shortstop.
Perez tallied the Islanders' 10th hit of the game in the top of the fifth with a single through the middle. The Islanders bats rolled on in the top of the sixth. After Cochran grounded out to start the inning, Galloway reached on a fielding error by the Lady Lions and Lyles followed with a walk. Phillips flew out to right field as Galloway advanced to third. McKinney followed with a RBI single to first base to plate Galloway for the Islanders' sixth run of the game.
The Islanders recorded a season-high 13 hits after Zarzabal and Tefft recorded back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the seventh.
Elicerio (2-11) picked up her first career shutout in seven innings. The freshman allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out four batters.
Hellyer (9-1) took the loss for the Lady Lions in 3.1 innings. She allowed six hits, three runs, one of them earned, while walking none and striking out none. Katie Morse relieved Hellyer and allowed seven hits and three runs while walking two and striking out none.