Dawson Yates and Dalton Stark each recorded multi-hit nights, but Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's upset bid fell short as No. 22 Texas A&M held off the Blue and Green by a 5-2 final at Blue Bell Park Tuesday night.
Corpus Christi (14-27) struck first with an first-inning marker, but the nationally-ranked Aggies (29-13) used a three-run second to take the lead, one they would never relinquish.
The Islanders opened the scoring as Brett Burner drove in Luke Marbach on a groundout in the first. Marbach opened the game with a four-pitch walk before moving to third on Dalton Stark's single. Burner's RBI gave the Islanders the early 1-0 lead.
Texas A&M struck in the second, scoring three times on three hits. Aggie center fielder Nick Choruby provided the big blow, roping a two-run double into the right field corner with two outs in the frame.
The Islanders answered with a run in the fourth. Dawson Yates singled and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Two pitches later, Harrison DiNicola drove the ball right back through the middle to score Yates and cut the Aggie lead to 3-2.
An inning later, Texas A&M reset the advantage to two as Cole Bedford tripled off the wall in center field with two away. The next batter, Jorge Gutierrez laced Nolan Holland's offering into right field to make it 4-2 Aggies.
The Aggies would tack on another insurance run in the seventh. Facing Islander reliever David Worrell, a single and a double into the left field corner allowed Joel Davis to narrowly beat the tag at the plate.
ON THE HILL
>> Chris Glover went two innings allowing three runs, all earned, on four hits to take the loss.
>> Nolan Holland worked three innings while surrendering just one run. Holland fanned three Aggies in his outing.
>> David Worrell tossed two innings of one run ball. The right-hander struck out two while surrendering a run.
>> Chris Cooper threw a scoreless eighth to round out the Islanders day on the bump.
AT THE PLATE
>> Six Islanders accounted for the Blue and Green's eight hits on the night.
>> Burner and DiNicola provided the RBI while Yates and Marbach touched home for the Islanders' runs.
>> Yates led the club by adding a walk to reach base three times.
>> Cullen Jozwiak drew two of the Islanders' five free passes.
The Islanders return home to face Central Arkansas in a pivotal Southland Conference series. The series with the Bears opens Friday at 6 p.m. before a 4 p.m. Saturday start and 11 a.m. finale on Sunday.