MAVS DROP TWINBILL
March 17, 2005
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pounded out a season-high 17 hits in game one to propel the Islanders to a doubleheader sweep of UTA, 15-7 and 10-5 here Thursday afternoon.
In the first game, the teams played four and a half innings on Tuesday before the game was called due to darkness. The game was picked up in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Islanders holding on to a 7-4 lead. The Mavericks scored a run in the top of the sixth inning after Boomer Welles tripled to right field before Alex Schenck singled him in to close the gap to 7-5.
The Islanders put the game away for good in the bottom of the sixth after scoring four runs off three hits, two of which were two-run home runs by Jaime Landin and Chuck Carter. Casey Buaas singled to center to lead off the inning, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
Two innings later, the Islanders scored four more in the bottom of the eighth, giving them a 15-5 advantage. The inning was highlighted by a three-run shot by Todd Hawpe, capping off a three for five performance, including five runs batted in and two round trippers.
Nottebart came in relief in the top of the third, throwing 2.1 innings without allowing a hit or a run, striking out four of seven batters he faced.
Jaime Landin, Clint Galloway and Hawpe had three hits each as the Islanders pounded out a season-high 17 hits in the victory.
In game two, the Islanders jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Aaron Vasquez hit a sacrifice fly to center, driving in Jason Graham, who led off the inning with a double. Graham has now hit safely in nine consecutive games.
A nine-run third inning was more than enough for the Islanders as they had nine hits and took advantage of three walks in the inning. Second baseman Erik Hill led off the inning with a single to center field and was moved to second on a sacrifice by Landin. Graham singled to right field, driving in Hill and Buaas, who also singled in the inning. Three hits and seven runs later, the Islanders had all the runs they needed.
Texas-Arlington got on the board with two runs in the top of the fifth after a double by Josh McSpadden followed by a two-run shot over the left field fence by Brett Lewis. The Mavericks kept the game interesting by scoring three more runs in the top of the seventh after collecting four straight hits - all with two outs. Brett Fenner finally flied out to center field with the bases loaded to end the game.
UTA will open Southland Conference play Friday at Lamar. Gametime is 6:30 p.m.