Tough Early Inning Drops Ladies in Tournament Opener
Thursday, February 18, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi plated nine runs in the bottom half of the first inning, sending them on with an 11-1 victory in five innings over the Centenary softball team in the Ladies first game of the Islander Invitational on Thursday afternoon.

Junior pitcher Sara Dornelas (0-2) picked up her second loss in as many games after tossing 1.0 inning, allowing six hits and four earned runs, while fanning one. Junior Lauren Highsmith pitched 0.1 inning of relief, allowed four runs on one hit, while sophomore Regina Salvatore tossed the final 2.2 innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs.

Dornelas picked up the Ladies only hit, a single through the left side in the second inning.

Centenary scored the first run after TAMCC allowed junior Bonnie Matak to reach on a hit by pitch. She later stole second, was advanced to third on a wild pitch after senior Haley Bassett drew a walk. With runners at first and third, Bassett moved up a base on an Islander error which scored Matak for Centenary's first run.

However, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi responded with nine runs after connecting on seven hits and a Centenary error. The Islanders were able to produce three singles and two doubles before the Ladies were able to record their first out of the inning, while all three pitchers saw action.

Following Dornelas' single in the top of the second, Centenary didn't have a runner reach base the remaining three innings as Islander pitcher Elena Crabtree held Centenary at bay.

Crabtree (3-0) earned the win and improved to 3-0 for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, throwing 5.0 complete innings, giving up one hit and one unearned run, while walking one and fanning five.

The Ladies will continue play tomorrow as they meet Boston College at 10:00 am and Southern University at Noon.