Softball Drops a Pair of Losses on Second Day of UTSA Mid-Major Classic

GAME 1 BOX SCORE | GAME 2 BOX SCORE

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team suffered a pair of losses today on the second day of the UTSA Mid-Major Classic at Roadrunner Field. After falling 12-6 to Nebraska-Omaha earlier today, the Islanders dropped a 10-4 loss to host UTSA in the nightcap.

The Islanders will conclude play in San Antonio tomorrow at 9 a.m. against Bryant. The Islanders topped the Bulldogs 9-6 in the second game on Friday.

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GAME 1: NEBRASKA - OMAHA 12, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 6

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team finished in double figures in hits for the fourth straight game with 12 hits, but a late surge by Nebraska-Omaha lifted them to a 12-6 victory over the Islanders.

Natalie Zarzabal went 3-for-4 to lead the Islanders' offense while Valerie Perez went 2-for-3. Brittney Morse and Cassidy Ivy each recorded a pair of RBIs. 

The Islanders jumped out first with three runs on three hits in the top of the third. Hayley Galloway started things off with a single that dropped in front of the catcher. Lindsey Lyles kept things rolling with a sacrifice bunt to move Galloway before Mackinzee Griebel reached on an error by UNO's shortstop. Galloway then stole home to score the first run of the game. Dani Tefft followed with a single to shortstop to put runners on first and second for Mickayla Cochran. The junior hit a fielder's choice to third and Griebel was called out on the play. Perez reached on a walk to load the bases before Morse drilled a single to center field to score Tefft and Cochran and give the Islanders a 3-0 lead.

The Mavericks answered with three runs in the bottom of the third to knot the score at 3-3. Tara Trede led the inning off with a single to shortstop before landing on second on a bunt single by Lia Mancuso. Tefft snagged the second out of the inning in left field before Amber Lutmer hit a three-run home run over the center field wall to score Trede and Mancuso and put the Mavericks on the board.

Omaha pushed ahead in the bottom of the fourth with six runs on six hits to take a 9-3 lead. Mara Eeman led things off with a home run over the left field wall to put the Mavericks in front. After Constance Brandenburg replaced lefty hurler Katie Blanar in the Islanders' circle, UNO's Tonya Peterson and Trede hit consecutive singles before landing on second and third on an illegal pitch. Allie Mathewson then sent a RBI single to center field to score Peterson. The Mavericks plated another run after Trede scored on a RBI ground out by Mancuso. Campbell Ditto followed with a single to third and Mathewson scored on Lutmer's single to left field. UNO collected another pair of runs after Lizzie Noble registered a double to left field to plate Ditto and Lutmer. Brandenburg retired the next two batters to pull the Islanders out of the frame.

The Islanders tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to pull within four. Morse hit a leadoff single to shortstop and advanced to second on a walk by J.J. Jackson. Zarzabal followed with her second hit of the game with a single through the left side to load the bases for pinch hitter Cassidy Ivy. The junior transfer hit a two-run single that bounced off Lutmer's leg at first base into center field to score Morse and Michelle Sorenson, who came in to pinch run for Jackson.   

UNO extended its lead to 12-5 in the bottom of the sixth after Lutmer hit her second home run of the game to score Mancuso and Ditto, who reached on back-to-back singles.

A&M - Corpus Christi rallied to score a run in the top of the seventh with two outs. Morse reached on a fielder's choice before Jackson drilled a single to right field with two outs. Zarzabal then tacked on her third hit of the game to center field to score Morse. However, a ground out by the Islanders ended the game.

Blanar (0-3) suffered the loss for the Islanders. The freshman allowed four runs on six hits while striking out one batter in three innings.

Dana Elsasser (7-1) earned the win for Omaha. She allowed 12 hits, six runs, just three of them earned, while walking two and striking out two in seven innings. 

GAME 2: UTSA 10, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 4

UTSA scored a run in each of the first five innings en route to a 10-4 win over the Islanders. The Roadrunners tallied 13 hits and capitalized on four Islanders' fielding mishaps  

Cochran recorded a pair of RBIs and chipped in a hit along with Tefft, Sorenson, Lyles and Griebel who each added on hit apiece for the Islanders' bats.  

The Islanders jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening frame. Tefft started things off with a double down the left field line before collecting her fourth stolen base of the season. After an Islanders strikeout, Morse hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Tefft and put the Islanders on the board.

The Roadrunners answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to push ahead 2-1. With one out, Megan Low hit a home run over the left field wall to even the score at 1-1. Siera Sproul followed with a walk before advancing to second on a single by Jori Fox. The Roadrunners loaded the bases on an Islanders' fielding error before an RBI single by Cosette Hernandez plated Sprowl for the Roadrunner's second run of the game.

UTSA put together a four-run bottom of the second to take a 6-1 lead. Jade Smith scored on a RBI single by Courtney Buchman. After Buchman advanced to second on the throw and landed on third on a single by Sprowl she scored on a stolen base. Fox then stepped to the plate and hit a two-run home run over the left field wall to score Sprowl.

A&M - Corpus Christi rallied back in the third with three runs on four hits to pull within two. Lyles jumpstarted the inning with her second double of the season to left field before advancing to third on a single to right field by Griebel. After a ground out by Tefft, Cochran ripped a single to center field to score Lyles and Griebel. The Islanders added another run after Cochran advanced to third on a ground out by Morse and scored on a Roadrunners' fielding error.

UTSA collected their seventh run of the game in the bottom of the third after Smith reached on a bunt single and scored on an Islander's fielding error. The Roadrunners added another run in the bottom of the fourth after Victoria Birdwell scored on a RBI ground out by Madison Kinley. Birdwell reached on a single before advancing to second on an Islanders' error and third on a wild pitch.

The Roadrunners extended their lead to 10-4 in the bottom of the fifth with two runs. With one out, Low hit her second home run of the game to right center, and UTSA added another run after Sprowl scored on a RBI single by Tess Soefje. Sprowl reached on a walk and advanced to second on a walk by Fox before plating the 10th run of the game for UTSA.

Liz Carter (3-4) took the loss for the Islanders in the circle. The freshman gave up 11 hits and nine runs, six of them earned, while walking two and striking out three in 4.1 innings.  

Kacy Freeze (4-3) secured the win for UTSA. She didn't allow a hit or a run and tallied three strikeouts in four innings.