COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team suffered a pair of losses today on the first day of the Texas A&M Invitational at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Islanders fell short 3-1 to Wisconsin in the first game before dropping a 10-2 loss to Connecticut in five innings.
The Islanders (3-13) will continue play in the Invitational tomorrow when they take on Connecticut at 10 a.m. and Wisconsin at 12:15 p.m.
For the latest information, follow Islanders Softball on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersSball) and Facebook (Islanders Softball).
GAME 1: WISCONSIN 3, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 1
The Badgers (5-5) got on board in the bottom of the first with one run on two hits to take a 1-0 lead. Stephanie Peace led off the inning with a double to left center and advanced to third before scoring on an Islanders' throwing error. Mary Massei followed with a double down the left field line before two fly outs pulled the Islanders out of the frame.
The Islanders answered back with a run in the top of the third to knot the game at 1-1. Hayley Galloway led off the inning with a walk and Natalie Zarzabal tallied her second double of the year with a shot to left field. With Galloway at third and Zarzabal at second, Tefft walked to load the bases. Mackinzee Griebel then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Galloway and even the game. The Badgers escaped the frame with a double play.
A&M - Corpus Christi and Wisconsin stayed even through the next inning before a two-run bottom of the fifth lifted the Badgers to a 3-1 lead.
Peace singled through the left side to start the bottom of the fifth and advanced to second on a bunt single by Maria Van Abel. After a fly out, Van Abel landed on second and Peace moved to third. After an interference call recorded the second out of the frame, Michelle Mueller hit a two-run double to left center to score Van Abel and Peace and put the Badgers in front. With a runner on third, the Islanders ended the frame with a ground out to Lindsey Lyles at third.
Mickayla Cochran, Galloway, Zarzabal and Tefft each picked up one hit apiece.
Liz Carter (3-5) suffered the loss for the Islanders in the circle. The freshman allowed seven hits, three runs and two walks while recording a strikeout in six innings.
Taylor-Paige Stewart (2-2) secured the win for the Badgers. She allowed just four hits and one run, while walking four and tallying 10 strikeouts in seven innings.
GAME 2: CONNECTICUT 10, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 2 (5 INNINGS)
The Huskies jumped out early to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first on three hits. Emily O'Donnell singled through the left side to start the frame and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Townsend. The Huskies then scored their first run of the game on a RBI single through the middle by Alyson Ambler to plate O'Donnell. UConn then tacked on three runs after Audrey Grinnell stepped to the plate and hit a three-run home run over the right field wall. She scored Lexi Gifford who reached on a walk and Ambler, who advanced to second on the walk.
UConn added another run in the bottom of the second after Townsend hit a RBI ground out to third to score Alyssa Gardea, who reached on a fielder's choice, and advanced to third on an Islanders' throwing error.
With the Huskies in front 5-1, the Islanders answered with a pair of runs on three hits in the top of the third to pull within three. Hayley Galloway reached on a walk to lead off the inning and Lindsey Lyles followed with a single down the right field line. With runners on first and second, Mackinzee Griebel singled to shortstop to load the bases. After a fielder's choice loaded the bases once again for the Islanders, Brittney Morse drilled a two-run single to left center to plate Griebel and Lyles.
In the bottom of the third, the Huskies responded with five runs to take a 10-2 lead. Ambler hit a leadoff single through the middle to start the inning and Gifford followed with a RBI double to plate Ambler. After Gifford advanced to third on the throw, Audrey Grinnell hit a base hit to plate Gifford for the Huskies' seventh run of the game. Dominique Pinto followed suit with a double down the left field line to advance Grinnell to third. After a ground out to Perez at shortstop, Gardea singled to Perez to plate Grinnell. After a fly out to Griebel in right field advanced Pinto to third, Gardea stole second and Pinto stole home for the fourth run of the frame. Valerie Sadowl then hit a RBI single to right center to score Gardea and put the Huskies ahead 10-2. Liz Carter then replaced Katie Blanar in the Islanders' circle and Tefft snagged the fly out in left field to end the inning.
Morse, Griebel, Lyles and Tefft each chipped in one hit apiece.
Constance Brandenburg (0-5) took the loss for the Islanders in the circle. The senior allowed three hits, five runs, four of them earned, while walking two in one inning. Blanar came in for relief and allowed six hits and five runs in 1.2 innings. Carter also made another appearance in the circle and tallied one strikeout in 1.1 innings.