CORPUS CHRISTI – Throughout the summer of 2013, GoIslanders.com will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2012-13 school year.
Every Thursday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Tuesdays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on GoIslanders.com throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.
Top Moment #8: Islanders Softball Walk-Off Win Over SHSU
After dropping a 10-2 opening game against Sam Houston State, the Islanders softball team bounced back with a two-run walk-off home run by Valerie Perez to win 6-5 in the second game of a three-game series at Chapman Field. The junior recorded her second career home run and first of the season over the right center wall to lift the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Islanders to victory.
After falling behind early 4-0, the Islanders rallied back to plate two in the third before knotting the score at 4-4 in the fifth. After Sam Houston State's Ashley Isbell hit a home run to push the Bearkats ahead 5-4 in the top of the seventh, Perez cranked a two-run walk-off homer in the final frame.
The Islanders pulled within two in the bottom of the third with two runs on one hit. With one out, Dani Tefft reached on an error at third and landed on second after she recorded her sixth stolen base of the season. Mickayla Cochran then stepped to the plate and drilled her fourth career home run over the right field wall.
The Islanders followed with two hits in the bottom of the fourth before knotting the score in the bottom of the fifth with two runs on two hits. Tefft led the frame with a single to the pitcher before Cochran reached on a fielder's choice as Tefft was called out on the play. Cochran landed on second on a Hayley Galloway ground out before Lindsay Lyles reached on a walk. After Cochran and Lyles both advanced on a passed ball, Perez ripped a single up the middle to plate Cochran and Lyles and even the score at 4-4.
The Bearkats answered back in the top of the seventh with a one-out homer to right center by Isbell to take a 5-4 lead before Constance Brandenburg retired the next two Bearkats.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi rallied back once again to win the game in the bottom of the seventh. Galloway led the inning with a fly out to center field before Lyles reached on a walk. Natalie Zarzabal came in to pinch run for Lyles before Perez stepped to the plate and recorded the two-run walk-off homer to lift the Islanders to victory.
Brandenburg picked up the victory for the Islanders while Perez went 2-for-4 to power the Islanders' bats. Ashley Elicerio, Cassie Carroll, Laura Phillips, Cochran, Tefft and Lyles all chipped in one hit apiece.
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June 6 - #10: Jasmine Boutte Shines at SLC Indoor and Outdoor Championships
June 13 – #9: Johnathan Jordan's Double-Double at Lamar
June 20 – #8: Vanessa Johnson at Southland Championship
June 11 - #10: Dance Places 11th at NDA Collegiate Championships
June 18 - #9: Men's Basketball Shoots Lights Out vs. Southeastern La.
June 25 - #8: Islanders Softball Walk-Off Win Over SHSU