Islanders sweep two from Kats

Led by third baseman Cory Jordan who went five for eight for the day, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders swept a non-conference doubleheader with Sam Houston State University Tuesday, winning 9-5 and 10-8.

The Islanders totaled 27 hits on the day, scoring nine runs on 14 hits and one SHSU error in the first game and 10 runs on 13 hits and three Bearkat errors in the nightcap.

Corpus Christi jumped on the Bearkats quickly, scoring two runs in the first inning and three runs in the second to take a 5-1 lead.

Matt Fry accounted for three of the Bearkats’ five runs with a home run in the sixth inning. Gregory O’Neill and Karl Krailo each accounted for the other runs with run-scoring singles.

The Islanders jumped out to a quick lead again in the second game, leading 4-1 after three innings. But a two-run Dustin Martin double started a seven run fifth inning. Krailo added a two run home run, Daniel Cox hit a solo homer, Mark Gilbert had a run-scoring ground rule double and Stephen Spaugh brought in the seventh tally with a single to put SHSU ahead 7-4.

But Texas A&M-Corpus Christi bounced back with four runs in the bottom of the fifth and added insurance scores in the seventh and eighth.

Chris Wall (2-1) got the victory in relief and Will Norman picked up his first save. Zach Golden was the starter for Sam Houston.

Sam now stands 12-11 for the year. The Bearkats return home to Huntsville to host a three-game Southland Conference series with Louisiana-Monroe that begins Friday at 7 p.m at the new Bearkat baseball complex.

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