BEAUMONT, TX (Islanders Athletics) - The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi softball team dropped a conference doubleheader with Lamar Saturday at Ford Park. The Islanders' offense outhit the Lady Cardinals 20-18 on the day and received home runs by Natalie Zarzabal, Mickayla Cochran and Lindsey Lyles. Lamar came from behind to win the first game, 9-6, and scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to seal the second game, 7-6.
The Islanders (7-28, 2-12 SLC) and Lady Cardinals (17-23, 8-6 SLC) will wrap the series Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ford Park.
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GAME 1: LAMAR 9, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 6
Lyles cranked her first grand slam of her career to push the Islanders ahead 6-3, but a run in the fourth and a six-run bottom of the sixth by Lamar lifted the Lady Cardinals to a 9-6 victory.
Lyles went 2-for-4 and added 4 RBI to power the Islanders' bats. Cochran, Hayley Galloway, Meagan McKinney, J.J. Jackson, Dani Tefft and Zarzabal all chipped in one hit apiece.
Galloway recorded the Islanders' first hit of the game with a single through the left side in the opening frame. However, Lamar's pitcher Shannon Millman retired the next two Islanders. Lamar got on board in the bottom of the first with two runs on two hits. After a bunt single by Stephanie Meeuwsen and a passed ball advanced her to second, Beverly Corry hit a two-run homer to give Lamar an early 2-0 lead.
The Islanders answered back in the top of the second with two runs on one hit. Laura Phillips reached first base on a catcher's interference call to open the inning. After a Lamar punch out, Zarzabal cranked her third career homer over the left center wall to knot the score at 2-2.
Ashley Elicerio retired the next six Lady Cardinals in order in the bottom of the second and third frames. With two outs in the top of the third, McKinney recorded the Islanders' third hit of the game with a dropper to right center.
The Islanders' bats roared on through the top of the fourth. With one out, Michelle Sorenson reached on a throwing error by Millman and advanced to second on a single to third base by Tefft. Cochran followed suit with a dropper to center field to load the bases for Lyles. The sophomore then stepped to the plate and drilled her third career homer over the right center wall to push the Islanders ahead, 6-2.
Lamar added one run in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff home run by Candyce Carter over the left field wall and put together a six-run bottom of the sixth to take the lead back over 9-6. The Lady Cardinals tallied five hits in the frame.
Lyles posted the Islanders seventh hit of the game with a single to left field with one out in the top of the seventh. After McKinney popped up to first base, Lyles advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a J.J. Jackson single to center field.
Elicerio (2-13) took the loss for the Islanders in the circle. She allowed nine runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out five in 5.2 innings.
Millman (10-10) picked up the victory in the circle for Lamar. She allowed eight hits and six runs while walking one and striking out five in seven innings.
GAME 2: LAMAR 7, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 6
The Islanders bounced back in game two to collect 12 hits, one shy of their season high to outhit the Lady Cardinals 12-9, but a two-run bottom of the seventh lifted Lamar to a 7-6 victory.
Galloway went 3-for-4 to propel the Islanders, while Cochran, Lyles and Sorenson went 2-for-4. Jackson, McKinney and Valerie Perez all chipped in one hit apiece to lead the Islanders' bats.
The Islanders jumped out a 2-0 lead in the opening frame on two hits. Cochran started the inning with a leadoff single and advanced to second on a Galloway sacrifice bunt before landing on third on a wild pitch. Lyles followed with a RBI single to center field to plate Cochran. Jackson then walked and advanced Lyles to second before Perez reached on an error by the short stop to load the bases. Lyles scored the Islanders' second run of the inning on a wild pitch.
Lamar answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first on one hit and one Islanders' error. With two outs, Jenna Holland recorded a 2 RBI single to center field to even the score at 2-2. The Lady Cardinals then pushed ahead by one in the bottom of the second after Millman delivered a solo home run over the left center wall.
The Islanders evened the score at 3-3 in the top of the fourth on a RBI single by Lyles. Galloway started the rally with two outs with a single through the left side. She then advanced to second on a wild pitch before Lyles ripped a single to left field to score Galloway and knot the score.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi's defense came up big, pulling out of consecutive jams in the third and fourth frames before the offense surged ahead in the top of the sixth with three runs on four hits. Cochran jumpstarted the frame with her third career homer over the left center wall to push the Islanders ahead, 4-3. Galloway followed with a single to right field. After Lyles flew out to right field, Jackson singled to left field to advance Galloway to second. Perez then stepped to the plate and hit a RBI double to right center to score Galloway. After a Lady Cardinals pitching change, McKinney reached on an error while Jackson scored on the play.
Lamar pulled within one in the bottom of the sixth with two runs on three hits and then put together a two-run bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to push ahead and win, 7-6.
Elicerio (2-14) took the loss for the Islanders in 0.2 innings. She allowed one hit and two runs while striking out one. Slick allowed three hits and three runs, two of them earned, while walking three in two innings. Brandenburg allowed five hits and two runs while walking six in four innings.
Tina Schulz picked up the victory for the Lady Cardinals. She allowed 11 hits and six runs while walking three and striking out one in 5.1 innings. Millman replaced Schultz and allowed one hit while striking out one in 1.2 innings.