CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders turned 13 hits into a 9-4 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears in the Southland Conference series finale at Chapman Field on Sunday.
The Islanders (8-13, 2-1) broke open a close game wit three runs in the seventh inning and two more in the eighth to win the series 2-1. UCA dropped to 9-8 overall and 1-2 in SLC play after the opening conference series.
The Bears took an early lead for the third consecutive day with a single run in the top of the second inning. Joey Pinney singled up the middle, moved to second on a bunt, went to third on Justin Treece's base hit and made it 1-0 on Charles Deckard's sacrifice fly.
The Islanders quickly responded with two runs in the bottom of the second, but UCA answered with two more in the top of the third. Doug Votolato reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on Chris Townsend's RBI single. Pinney singled through the left side of the infield to give the Bears a 3-2 lead.
A&M-CC took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth. After falling behind 9-3 through eight innings, UCA got one run back in the top of the ninth when Votolato hit a one-out triple and scored on Townsend's RBI single. However, a double play ended the threat.
Townsend finished 2 for 4 with two RBI, while Pinney, Treece and Deckard had two hits apiece for the Bears. UCA starter Chris Caudle (3-2) picked up the loss, going 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, four earned runs and walking two.