Bobby Loveless had three hits in Sunday's loss at TAMUCC.
April 22, 2012
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi right-hander Daniel Minor tossed his third complete game of the year, allowing just one run as the Islanders avoided a sweep with a 6-1 win over Stephen F. Austin on Sunday at Chapman Field.
Minor moved to 7-1 on the year and scattered eight hits on the day, three coming from SFA (16-24, 9-12 SLC) first baseman Bobby Loveless. He struck out nine and walked three, allowing the Lumberjacks' lone run came on an RBI single from Hunter Dozier in the SFA half of the eighth inning.
Colton Eubanks went toe-to-toe with Minor for the first five innings, allowing just one Islander (16-24, 9-12 SLC) run until TAMUCC broke it open with a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth. Three Islanders finished with a pair of hits in the game, including Weston Montgomery who also had a pair of RBI.
The Islanders took a 1-0 lead in the third when they cashed in on a leadoff double from first baseman Brad Porras with an RBI single with two down from Drew Vest. Three innings later a one-out, two-base error started a four-run Islander rally in the bottom of the sixth when the `Jacks misplayed a ball in left field, allowing Jonathan Gonzalez to reach second base. Eric Weiss and Stafford Brantley then followed with consecutive doubles to score two runs. Two batters later the `Jacks found themselves in a bases-loaded situation with two down and reliever Kevin Bishop on the mound, but Montgomery broke the game open with a single to center field that gave the Islanders a 5-0 lead going to the sixth.
From there, Minor was able to cruise, getting another run on a leadoff homer from Jordan Lee to lead off the seventh before allowing a run to the `Jacks in the eighth when Fola Lajide led off with a double and came in to score two batters later on a single by Dozier; however, that was all the `Jacks could manage as Minor worked around a two-out double from Loveless in the ninth to get his ninth punch out of the day to close out the game.
SFA will next take the field on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. when they travel to Pine Bluff, Ark., for a midweek meeting with Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The `Jacks will then host UT Arlington in a three-game weekend series beginning next Friday in Nacogdoches.