Islanders’ Bats Strong in Doubleheader Split with Stephen F. Austin

GAME 1 BOX SCORE | GAME 2 BOX SCORE

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team split a doubleheader today with Stephen F. Austin in conference play. The Islanders sealed a 5-4 first game victory before dropping a 5-1 second game at Ladyjacks Softball Field.

The Islanders (9-34, 4-16 SLC) outhit the Ladyjacks (13-28, 6-14 SLC) 17-13 in the two games combined led by Meagan McKinney and Lindsey Lyles who went 3-for-5 on the day.  

The Islanders will take on the Ladyjacks tomorrow in a rubber match at Ladyjacks Softball Field. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.

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GAME 1: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 5, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 4

The Islanders outhit the Ladyjacks 9-8 and scored in the third, fourth and sixth frames to win their fourth conference victory of the season, 5-4, at Ladyjacks Softball Field. SFA pulled within one in the bottom of the sixth but the Islanders held off the home team to secure the win.

Hayley Galloway went 3-for-4 to power the Islanders' bats while Cassie Carroll went 2-for-4 and Dani Tefft went 2-for-3. The Islanders also received a hit from Valerie Perez and McKinney who also both collected 2 RBI in the win.

Galloway tallied the Islanders' first hit of the game with a single up the middle. After SFA's Carlie Thomas recorded her first strikeout of the game, Perez was hit by the pitch and McKinney loaded the bases. However, Laura Phillips hit a hard line out to left field to cap the frame.

The Ladyjacks got on board first with two runs on one hit in the bottom of the first. After SFA loaded the bases with two walks and an Islanders' fielding error, Islander's hurler Constance Brandenburg recorded her first strikeout of the game. Carroll then tallied the second out with a force out at home on the Alexis Callan fielder's choice, before Shanice Love hit a two-run double to left center to plate a pair of runs and give the home team a 2-0 lead. Brandenburg pulled the Islanders out of the inning with her second punch out of the game to end the jam.

Dani Tefft collected the Islanders' second hit of the game with a two-out single to third base in the bottom of the second before the Islanders rallied back in the top of the third to knot the score at 2-2.

Galloway jumpstarted the third frame with a single up the middle with one out and Lyles followed with a walk to put Islanders on first and second. After a strikeout, McKinney drilled her first triple of the season down the right field line to score Galloway and Lyles and tie the score at 2-2. Phillips grounded out to end the two-hit, two-run top of the third.

The Islanders' bats rolled on through the top of the fourth to push ahead, 4-2. Carroll started things off with a single through the left side and advanced to second after Tefft reached on a walk. Mickayla Cochran followed with a fielder's choice as Carroll was out on the play. Galloway then stepped to the plate and ripped her third hit of the game with a RBI single through the right side to score Tefft and push the Islanders ahead, 3-2. Galloway advanced on the throw while Cochran landed on third. Lyles loaded the bases on a walk before Cochran scored on a RBI walk by Perez to pad the Islanders' lead to 4-2.

The Islanders extended their lead to 5-2 in the top of the sixth with one run on one hit.  Tefft reached on a Ladyjacks' throwing error at third to start the frame and advanced to second a sacrifice bunt by Cochran. After an Islanders' strikeout, Lyles reached on her third walk of the day to put Islanders on first and second. Perez then stepped to the plate and cranked a two-out RBI single to second base to score Tefft and tack on the Islanders' fifth run of the day.

The Ladyjacks rallied back with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth to pull within one. Nicole Wooten and Elizabeth Arana each chipped in RBI singles to plate Heather Hollingsworth, who came in to pinch run for Charlotte Singleton, who reached on a single to third base, and Bethany Brown who also reached on a single through the left side.

Brandenburg (6-13) picked up the victory in the circle for the Islanders. The junior allowed eight hits, four runs, two of them earned, while walking four and striking out four in seven innings.  

Carlie Thomas (9-13) took the loss for the Ladyjacks. She allowed six hits and four runs while walking five and striking out four in 3.2 innings. Angela White came in for relief and allowed three hits and one run while walking one and striking out four in 3.1 innings.

GAME 2: STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 5, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 1

The Islanders jumped out to a 1-0 lead with two outs in the opening frame. Lyles started things off with a single through the left side and scored on a Perez single to right field and a Ladyjacks' fielding error in right field.

Stephen F. Austin's leadoff hitter Arana tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run in the bottom of the first. The Ladyjacks put together a two-run bottom of the third to push ahead 3-1 on two hits. Shanice Love hit a RBI single through the left side to score Arana who reached on a leadoff single up the middle. Lindsay Campbell reached on a hit by pitch to score Cadie Weaver who reached on a hit by pitch.

McKinney led things off in the top of the fourth with a single to right field before stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball. Carroll followed with walk but SFA's pitcher White retired the next three Islanders.

The Ladyjacks added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer from Arana over the left field wall to take a 5-1 lead.

Bethany Slick (1-5) took the loss for the Islanders. The sophomore allowed five hits and five runs while walking five and striking out one in 3.1 innings. Brandenburg came in to replace Slick and didn't' allow a hit or a run and gave up just one walk while striking out one in 2.2 innings. 

White (4-14) picked up the victory for the Ladyjacks. She allowed eight hits and one run while walking two and striking out seven in seven innings.