CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team picked up their first Southland Conference series victory today with a pair of wins over Stephen F. Austin. The Islanders (10-29, 5-11 SLC) came from behind in the opening game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to win, 2-1. The second game was just as exciting as the Islanders scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth en route to a 3-1 win over the Ladyjacks (16-21, 7-8 SLC).
The Islanders and Ladyjacks will wrap the series at Chapman Field on Sunday at 12 p.m.
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GAME 1: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 2, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 1
The Islanders and Ladyjacks stayed scoreless through three complete innings until SFA scored a run in the top of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead.
Shalie Day reached on a leadoff walk to open the frame before Katelyn Standley hit a single to left field to put runners on first and second. Brittany Lewis then hit a fly out to Mackinzee Griebel in right field in foul territory, but Griebel came up with the snag for the first out of the inning. On the play, Brittany Lee, who came in to pinch run for Day, advanced to third. Heather Hollingsworth then followed with a RBI sacrifice bunt to score Lee for the first run of the game. After an Islanders' fielding error and a walk loaded the bases, the Islanders pulled out of the jam as Islanders' hurler Liz Carter picked up her third strikeout of the game.
The Ladyjacks held the 1-0 lead until the Islanders rallied back in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs on two hits, while capitalizing on two errors by SFA. Dani Tefft started the rally after she reached on a fielding error by Cadie Weaver at second. The sophomore then picked up her eighth stolen base of the season, before Jessica Mendez advanced Tefft to third on sacrifice bunt. With one out, Hayley Galloway hit a fly out to second before Brittney Morse stepped up to the plate. The freshman sent a RBI single to center field to score Tefft and even the game at 1-1. Valerie Perez kept the rally going with two outs after she landed on first on a SFA fielding error. With Morse on second and Perez at first, Carter drilled a RBI single to center field to plate Morse and put the Islanders in front 2-1. J.J. Jackson fouled out to third to end the inning.
The Islanders retired the Ladyjacks in order in the seventh to secure their fourth Southland win of the season.
Mendez, Galloway, Morse, Carter and Mickayla Cochran each picked up a hit in the victory while Carter (8-15) posted her eighth victory in the Islanders' circle. The freshman held the Ladyjacks to just four hits and one run, while walking four and striking out six in seven innings.
Carlie Thomas (10-11) suffered the loss for the Ladyjacks in six innings. She allowed five hits and two runs, while striking out four in six innings.
GAME 2: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 3, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 1
The Islanders jumped out early on the Ladyjacks with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Jessica Mendez reached on a fielding error by SFA, before Brittney Morse landed on first with a single through the right side to advance Mendez to third. Valerie Perez then sent a RBI sacrifice fly to right field to score Mendez.
A&M - Corpus Christi maintained their lead until SFA tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third. With one out, Lindsay Campbell hit a single through the middle and advanced to second on a ground out by Alisa Hamilton. The Ladyjacks then answered with their first run of the game with two outs after Taylor LeFlore hit a RBI single to right field to plate Campbell. The Islanders pulled out of the inning with a 1-3 putout.
The Islanders and Ladyjacks stayed locked at 1-1 until the Islanders surged ahead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on two hits. Liz Carter was hit by the pitch to start off the frame, and after Michelle Sorenson came into pinch run for the freshman, Mickayla Cochran hit an infield single to advance Sorenson to second. J.J. Jackson then reached on a walk to load the bases for Lindsey Lyles. The junior ripped a two-run single down the left field line to score Cochran and Sorenson and give the Islanders the 3-1 lead. After a sacrifice bunt by Dani Tefft landed Lyles on second and Cassidy Ivy, who came in to pinch run for Jackson, on third, the Ladyjacks retired the next two Islanders with a line out and strikeout.
A&M - Corpus Christi escaped the final three frames, leaving a combined five Ladyjacks in scoring position to secure their first Southland series victory of the season.
Morse, Cochran and Lyles all chipped in a hit for the Islanders while Constance Brandenburg (1-11) registered her first victory of the season in the Islanders' circle. The senior allowed five hits and one run, while walking five and striking out two in seven innings.
Brittany Lewis (5-7) took the loss for the Ladyjacks. She held the Islanders to three hits and three runs, two of them earned, while walking two and striking out four in six innings.