TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (13-30) AT NO. 21 TEXAS A&M (29-17) | AGGIE SOFTBALL COMPLEX | COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS | TWITTER: @IslandersSball
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team will take on No. 21 Texas A&M Tuesday, April 22, in a non-conference doubleheader, at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Islanders were originally scheduled to play the Aggies on March 2 in the final game of the Texas A&M Invitational, but due to rain will now face the Aggies in a doubleheader during the Islanders' longest winning streak of the season.
The Islanders (13-30, 8-12 SLC) are coming off their first Southland Conference three-game sweep of the season over Lamar. Valerie Perez led the offense with a combined .625 hitting percentage in the three games, including a pair of home runs and six RBIs. She went 3-for-3 in the second game with a home run and five RBIs before going 2-for-2 in the series finale with a home run. For the weekend, she recorded an impressive 1.375 slugging percentage and a .636 on-base percentage. Also propelling the Islanders was freshman Liz Carter, who put together a solid weekend in the circle against the Lady Cardinals. She picked up two wins while recording a 0.93 ERA. Carter allowed just eight hits over the weekend and two runs in 15 innings, while recording 10 strikeouts. The two were tabbed Southland Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week today, for their outstanding performance over the weekend.
This season, Perez is powering the Islanders with a team-high .326 batting average and a team-best 43 hits. The senior has also chipped in 29 RBIs and six home runs. Freshman Brittney Morse has been a strong power hitter for the Islanders' lineup. She is second behind Perez with a .320 batting average and has a team-high seven home runs on the year.
Dani Tefft has been an offensive threat on the bases, with a team-best 11 stolen bases. She is now just one stolen base away from breaking into the Islanders top 10 records for a single season. The sophomore has matched Andrea Simancas' career No. 10 record of 18 from 2006-09. Last season, Tefft registered seven stolen bases.
In the circle, Carter (10-16) has tallied a 4.74 ERA in 172.2 innings while striking out 89 batters.
The Islanders will face the No. 21 Aggies who come into Tuesday's opening game with a 29-17 record. Texas A&M is on a three-game losing streak after dropping three straight to No. 5 Florida at home over the weekend. Offensively, Emily Albus is hitting .423 to lead the Aggies. She has a team-high 69 hits on the year, while Nicole Morgan has registered a team-best 11 home runs for a .355 batting average. In the circle, Rachel Fox (12-9) has tossed 96 strikeouts in 124.2 innings for a 3.09 ERA. Katie Marks (12-4) has tallied a 3.19 ERA in 105.1 innings while striking out 61 batters.
Tuesday's opening game will mark the ninth time the Islanders and Aggies have faced each other. The Aggies hold the all-time series record, 7-1. The last time the two teams met up for a doubleheader was March 9, 2010, in College Station, Texas. The Islanders edged out a 4-3 victory in the first game before dropping an 8-0 loss in the second game.
Following Tuesday's doubleheader, the Islanders will return home to host Sam Houston State in a three-game Southland Conference series starting on Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at Chapman Field.
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