March 30, 2014

Islanders Finish Sweep of Privateers

Ahhh. Maybe the best uniform
combination of all time.
For the third time in two days, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (15-15, 6-3 SLC) escaped Maestri Field with a one-run decision over the New Orleans Privateers (8-17, 1-8.) The Privateers led the game 2-0 in the middle innings, but the Islanders rallied for a 3-2 victory in ten innings.

Reese Kanter's second home run this season, a solo bomb over the right field wall, game the Privateers a 2-0 lead after three innings.

For the first time this year freshman Hunter Medine, making his first Southland start, was charged with an earned run. In the fifth, TAMU-CC had two on with two outs when Medine was relieved by Darron McKigney. After a walk loaded the bases McKigney jammed Cody Stephens, but the ball dropped in just over first baseman Jonathan Coco and into short right field for a two-run single.

In the bottom of the ninth the Privateers had a chance to win the game. Kanter led off with a base on balls. Freshman Dane Landry came in as a pinch runner. The Privateers and Head Coach Ron Maestri then elected to try a sacrifice bunt with Hezikiah Randolph. Randolph, a .322 hitter with three homers and 20 RBI, whiffed at the first bunt attempt and Landry was picked off of first base by Islanders catcher Russell Vaughan. Randolph then promptly lined a single. Eventually the Privateers got runners to second and third with two outs before Jonathan Santana, who had two hits in the game, struck out to end the inning.

The Islanders scored in the 10th after a leadoff double, and then an errant pickoff throw put a runner on third with no outs. With runners on the corners and one out, A&M-CC attempted a squeeze bunt. The throw home by Coco was high and the go-ahead run easily slid across the plate.

The Privateers return to action on Tuesday night when they host the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (15-12.) First pitch at Maestri Field is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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