CORPUS CHRISTI (Islanders Athletics) - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team dropped two games Saturday to Northwestern State. Despite a late sixth inning rally by the Islanders (6-23, 1-7 SLC), the Lady Demons (23-6, 4-3 SLC) sealed the first game 5-2, before notching a 9-0 five-inning victory in Southland Conference action at Chapman Field.
Laura Phillips, Lindsey Lyles, Natalie Zarzabal, Mickayla Cochran and Meagan McKinney all tallied one hit apiece today.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow at 12 p.m. at Chapman Field in the annual strikeout breast cancer pink game.
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GAME 1: NORTHWESTERN STATE 5, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 2
Northwestern State got on board in the top of the second with two runs on two hits. Cali Burke led the inning with a walk, before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Ashley Elicerio tallied her first strikeout of the game, the Lady Demons plated the first run of the game after Burke scored on an Islander throwing error. Northwestern State tacked on another run after a Tara McKenney hit a RBI single to left field. After a base hit by Brit Virgoe landed McKenney on second, the Islanders pulled out of the inning with a ground out to Hayley Galloway at short stop.
Lyles tallied the Islanders' first hit of the game with a dropper to right center in the bottom of the second, but was caught into a double play after Cassie Carroll lined out to center field. Zarzabal reached base on a Lady Demons' fielding error but was stranded after Northwestern State's Kylie Roos recorded her fourth strikeout of the game.
Elicerio retired the next three batters in the top of the third before pulling the Islanders out in the top of the fourth after two walks.
Northwestern State padded their lead in the top of the fifth after Natalie Landry hit a 2-out solo home run over the center field wall. However, the Islanders rallied back in the bottom of the sixth with two runs on two hits to pull within one. McKinney started the rally with two outs after reaching on a Lady Demons' throwing error. Phillips followed with a single to right field to advance McKinney to second. Lyles then loaded the bases after she reached on a Lady Demons fielding error. The Islanders tacked on their first run of the game after McKinney scored on a Carroll fielder's choice. With the bases loaded, Zarzabal ripped a RBI single to center field to score Phillips and trim the deficit to one. Katelyn Potts came in to pinch hit and grounded out to third to end the frame.
The Lady Demons answered in the top of the seventh with two runs on three hits to take a 5-2 lead. Northwestern State scored a run on a wild pitch and the second run on a RBI single to left field by Burke.
Elicerio (1-11) took the loss in the circle for the Islanders. The freshman allowed five runs, three of them earned, on seven hits while walking seven and striking out six in seven innings.
Roos (8-1) picked up the victory in the circle for the Lady Demons. She limited the Islanders to three hits while striking out nine and walking one in seven innings.
GAME 2: NORTHWESTERN STATE 9, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 0 (5 innings)
Northwestern State carried over their momentum into game two of the doubleheader to pick up a 9-0 victory on nine hits. McKinney went 1-for-2 while Cochran went 1-for-3 for the Islanders' bats.
The Lady Demons put up two runs on two hits in the top of the second to take an early 2-0 lead. After a single and a wild pitch put Landry on second, Roos walked and Landry landed on third after a wild pitch. The Lady Demons followed with a RBI ground out to score Landry. After a forced play at third tallied the second out, McKenney singled up the middle to plate Palmer who reached on a walk. Zarzabal recorded the third out with a line out in right field.
A seven-run top of the third extended the Lady Demons lead to 9-0. The Islanders had a pair of errors while Northwestern State tallied five hits off of Constance Brandenburg. Bethany Slick came in for relief with two outs and retired the next batter.
In the bottom of the third, Cochran recorded the Islanders first hit of the game with a single down the left field line. McKinney tacked on another hit in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff single to right center, however Kaylee Guidry retired the next three Islanders.
Brandenburg (4-10) took the loss for the Islanders in 2.2 innings. The junior allowed seven hits, nine runs, six of them earned, while walking three and striking out one. Slick came in and allowed two hits while striking out one in 2.1 innings.
Guidry (6-1) sealed the victory for the Lady Demons in five innings. She allowed two hits and one walk while striking out six batters.