UNO drops series rubber game at A&M-Corpus Christi, 7-5

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Miguel Useche

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The New Orleans Privateers once again commenced a late rally that fell just short as they lost the series finale 7-5 to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Sunday afternoon at Chapman Field.

Evans Hendricks pitched into the sixth in his second start of the year and grabbed the win. Colton Mercer took the loss for the Privateers. Hayden Thomas earned his first career save in an Islander uniform after finishing out the last 2.2 innings.

New Orleans had a short lived lead in the first inning after Miguel Useche drove in a run on a base hit. The Islander offense then went to work in the second and put up four, using small ball to their advantage.

After the Islanders had already plated two runs in the second, a squeeze bunt put down by Sebastian Trinidad added another run to the lead for the home team. The Islanders replicated that in the fourth inning with a squeeze off the bat of Diego Johnson that brought in another run.

By that point, Texas A&M-CC built their lead to 6-1.

The Privateers began the comeback attempt when Issac Williams homered to left in the fifth inning. The Islanders formed a quick response on a Tre Jones homer in the home half of the fifth.

From there, New Orleans added two runs in the sixth. It got to the ninth with New Orleans still trailing 7-4. Tristan Moore homered for the second time on the weekend and after a Miguel Useche single, the tying run came to the plate.

Thomas was able to get a strikeout though to end the game and preserve the first series win for the Islanders over the Privateers since 2015.

Useche went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI. The Privateers had 11 hits as a team on the day. Williams also had a multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 with a home run. On the mound, Caleb Seroski threw 2.2 scoreless innings.

The Islanders were led by Jones who landed a triple shy of the cycle after going 3-for-4. Max Puls, Jose Enriquez and Christian Smith-Johnson each added two hits.

The Privateers return home to face Tulane on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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