HOUSTON – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team put together a four-run top of the sixth to rally past Houston Baptist, 5-2, today in the season finale at Husky Field. Senior J.J. Jackson went 2-for-3 and Valerie Perez went 2-for-4 in their final game of their career to power the Islanders' bats. Freshman Liz Carter picked up her 13th win in the Islanders' (16-36, 11-15 SLC) circle and collected her 21st complete game of the season over the Huskies (21-26, 14-13 SLC).
HBU jumped on board first in the opening frame with a pair of runs on two hits. After Carter opened the game with her first punch-out of the game, Shay Orsak hit a double to left field. Kirsten Schwirtlich followed with a RBI triple off the left field wall to plate Orsak before scoring on a throwing error by the Islanders.
A&M - Corpus Christi answered with a run in the top of the second with two outs. After Laura Phillips reached on a walk, she landed on second after an illegal pitch and scored after Kirsten Schwirtlich dropped a pop fly off a Mackinzee Griebel at bat at shortstop.
After consecutive singles in the third by the Huskies, Carter settled in and was solid in the Islanders' circle, retiring five straight Huskies.
Jackson registered the Islanders' first hit of the game in the top of the fourth with her eighth double of the season with a shot to left center. Griebel followed with a single to left field in the fifth for her 30th hit this season.
The Islanders kept grinding away and rallied back in the top of the sixth with four runs on four hits to take a 5-2 lead. With one out, Perez and Jackson hit consecutive singles through the middle before Carter hit a pop fly to shortstop. With two outs, Phillips stepped to the plate and nailed a RBI single to right center to score Perez and knot the game at 2-2. After Cassidy Ivy came in to pinch run for Jackson and Michelle Sorenson came in to pinch run for Phillips, Brittney Morse came to the plate to pinch hit for Griebel. In her first at bat today and runners on the corners, the freshman cranked her eighth home run of the season with a three-run shot over the left center wall to push the Islanders in front, 5-2.
A&M - Corpus Christi kept the bats going in the top of the sixth with two hits. Hayley Galloway and Perez both tacked on base hits and Jackson reached on a walk. However, the Huskies pulled out of the frame leaving three Islanders on after a fly out to left field.
Carter (13-18) secured the win in the circle for the Islanders. The freshman allowed nine hits, two runs, one of them earned, while striking out four Huskies in seven innings.
Kendall Stiefel (5-10) took the loss for the Huskies. She allowed five hits and four runs, three of them earned, while walking one and striking out two in 5.2 innings.
The Islanders close their season with an overall record of 16-36 and 11-15 in Southland play, and played their best softball at the end of the season, securing eight of their last 12 conference games.
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