CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (KPLC)- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rapped 17 hits off three McNeese State pitchers on the way to an 11-2 Southland Conference baseball victory on Sunday.
The win gave the Islanders the series by a 2-1 count. McNeese had won the opening game 7-3 and TAM-Corpus had taken Saturday's tilt by a 6-3 score.
Now 13-14 in league play, the Cowboys are in a tie for either fifth place or sixth place in the standings with either Northwestern State or Central Arkansas, or both. The Demons (12-14) were hosting the Bears (13-13) in a late game Sunday.
Sam Houston continues to lead the league with a 20-7 mark followed by Southeastern Louisiana at 17-10, UT Arlington 16-11 and Texas State 15-12.
McNeese will be at home for its next series, hosting UTA Arlington beginning Friday.
In Sunday's loss to the Crusaders, who are now 12-15 in the SLC, the Cowboys scored only two runs and both of those came on an error in the sixth inning.
The Bears had jumped on Cowboy starter and loser Trey McGee for eight hits and five runs over the first three innings. He gave way to Tyler Parke who gave up three hits and four runs before getting anyone out in the fifth. Coby Miller finished the game, giving up six hits and two runs over the final four frames.
In the top of the sixth the Cowboys touched TAM-Corpus starter and winner Trevor Foss for two runs, neither of them earned. Matt Henry had led the inning off with a single and Seth Granger followed with a single. After Nick Eubanks had struckout, Taylor Drake walked to lead the bases.
Michael Sullivan then struckout but Islander third baseman Dan Sciantarelli was charged with a two run throwing error, Henry and Granger both scoring.
The Crusaders scored single runs in the first and second innings, three in the third, five in the fifth and one in the sixth. They got their first inning run on two hits, their second inning run on two hits, three runs in the third on four hits and a Cowboy error, five runs in the fifth on six hits and a run in the sixth on two hits.
In McNeese's eight hit attack, Granger, Henry and Connor Lloyd all had two hits, Granger belting his 12th double of the season.
The loss evened McGee's record at 2-2 and gave Foss a 2-6 mark. The Cowboys are now 20-25 overall and the Islanders stand 21-27.