CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M Corpus Christi took two wins against Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, 4-3 in eight innings and 2-1 in seven innings, and defeated a Southland Conference double header at Chapman Field.
The Islanders (23-27, 19-14 SLC) connected the first game at the end of the seventh, forcing additional innings, and replied again in the eighth after Southeastern (28-19, 20-14 SLC) regained the lead on the eighth. A & M-Corpus Christi also achieved the winning run at the end of seventh place in the nightcap.
The series continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. Freshman right-handed Will Kinzeler (4-3, 3.62) is heading to Southeastern on Saturday while the Islanders plan to start second right-handed Hayden Thomas (3-3, 3.33).
A video stream produced by A&M-Corpus Christi will be available both online and via the Southland Conference Digital Network app for smart TVs and mobile devices.
The game can be heard in the Hammond area on the flagship of the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9 FM). It can also be heard online at www.LionSports.net/ListenLive and via the Lions Gameday Experience and TuneIn Radio apps.
Other options to follow the action this weekend include live stats or the @LionUpBaseball Twitter account. For links to audio, video, and statistics, see the baseball schedules page at www.LionSports.net.
GAME 1 – A&M Corpus Christi 4, Southeast 3 (8 innings)
The Lions took the lead in the second inning in a solo home run from Gaby Cruz. The Miami, Florida senior placed his third homer of the season on left field.
A&M Corpus Christi tied it up in the lower part of the inning with two singles wedged in a wild place.
Will Warren locked the Islander bats off for the next innings and Southeastern put the right-handed ahead in the fourth on a solo homer from Preston Faulkner. It was the sixth home run of the season for the junior that tied him to lead the team.
The islanders scratched the tie run in the last inning. After a batsman and a walk attracted a pair of runners, a two-out single drove the ties run home.
Back-to-back singles from Rhett Rosevear and Tyler Finke paired up for the Lions in game eight. A victim from Evan Keller put both in goal position and a sack from Preston Faulkner brought Rosevear home on the start. Finke was tossed on the plate, trying to score from the game’s second base.
A & M-Corpus Christi scored two runs in the eighth off-reliever Cole Hoskins (2-1) to win the game.
Reliever Tyler Miller (2-3) took the win, allowing an inherited runner to score in 0.2 innings. Hoskins took the loss.
Warren knocked out ten batters over seven innings, dealing four hits and two walks.
GAME TWO – A&M-Corpus Christi 2, Southeastern 1 (7 innings)
The Islanders took the lead early and started a run at the end of the first, but Southeastern reacted immediately.
Christian Garcia shot a ball into midfield that hit the midfielder’s glove and over the fence for a home run. The solo shot was his fifth of the season.
After the homer, Brennan Stuprich (6: 2) and Islander left-hander Jaime Ramirez Jr. (7: 2) got involved in a pitcher duel. Stuprich kept the Islanders goalless until the seventh while Ramirez pulled out the last 13 batters he faced.
Tristan Welch, the islanders midfielder, led the seventh with a doubles and moved up to third if a bad pickup attempt was made. He achieved the winning run with a sacrificial flight to the left.
Ramirez took the win, knocking out eleven batters and allowing only two hits in seven innings. Stuprich suffered the loss and allowed two runs – one deserved – in 6.2 innings. None of the pitchers went a dough.
LIONS GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE APP
The Lions Matchday Experience App gives fans audio, stats, video, social media, and more. Attendees can also check in to earn Reward Points that can be redeemed for prizes related to the Southeast. It is available for both Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play or via the link www.LionSports.net/App.
SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT TICKET INFORMATION
The general admission brochures that allow entry to each game in the tournament are $ 100 for adults and $ 50 for teenagers ages 3 to 12. Students who present valid ID from a current Southland Conference facility and children under three years of age have free admission.
For each day of the baseball tournament, any remaining tickets are sold for the morning session (the first two games) or the afternoon session (the last two games). The baseball field will be cleared between meetings and re-entry will not be permitted.
Meeting ticket prices are: $ 21 (box seat when available), $ 17 (back seat when available), $ 13 (general admission adult), and $ 9 (general admission youth – 3-12 years old).
Scheduled for May 26-29 at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, the double elimination tournament will feature the eight best teams in the league and will conclude with a championship game with all winners being won on May 29 at 6 p.m. CT . The winner of the tournament will receive Southland’s automatic bid for the NCAA tournament. All games are broadcast on ESPN +.
PLAY PARKING AREA
Matchday parking during the regular season is $ 5 per day for standard vehicles and $ 35 full weekend for RVs.
One-day parking during the 2021 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament presented by GeoSurfaces costs $ 5 for most vehicles. An All Tournament Parking Pass is available for $ 20 for standard vehicles and $ 50 for RVs.
CLEAR BAG POLICY
Southeastern Athletics enforces a clear bag policy for all ticketing events. The policy reflects the safety precautions required for access to professional and college sports venues across the country. For more information on the Clear Bag Policy, please visit www.LionSports.net/Clear.
SOCIAL DISTANCE ON GAME DAYS
Southeastern, which follows state and local outdoor health guidelines from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, is back to 100 percent capacity at all sporting events. Fans are asked to keep a comfortable distance from others whenever possible, to wear face covering over their nose and mouth, and to wash their hands frequently. Hand sanitizer stations are found in all Southeastern sports facilities.
DIAMOND CLUB / S CLUB
Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the baseball program are encouraged to join the Diamond Club. Lion Baseball alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, reserved only for sports letter winners in the Southeast.
All Diamond Club and S Club (baseball) membership dues and donations are for the Southeastern Baseball program only. For membership information, contact the Lion Athletics Association at [email protected] or (985) 549-5091 or www.LionUp.com.
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