ABILENE -- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi put together three big innings and had just enough pitching over the final three innings Sunday afternoon to take an 11-10 win over ACU in an error-filled Southland Conference baseball contest at Crutcher Scott Field.
The win completed a three-game sweep of the Wildcats for the Islanders, who remain in the hunt for the league's regular-season championship. ACU, meanwhile, finishes 13-13 at home and carries a 16-28 overall and 5-13 Southland record into its final 10 games of the season.
ACU will be on the road this weekend in Tulsa, Okla., to play Oral Roberts before a three-game set next weekend in San Antonio against Incarnate Word. ACU will close out the 2014 season with a week-long road swing to Arizona where the Wildcats will play Arizona State (May 20) and Arizona (May 23-25).
ACU led 5-3 after a five-run second inning Sunday afternoon, but starting pitcher Garrett deMeyere couldn't hold the Islanders as he gave up three runs and the lead in the top of the third. Cody Stephens and Kyle Danford each had RBI singles in the inning, and Russell Vaughan drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly to make it a 6-5 game. The Islanders wouldn't trail after that point the rest of the day.
The Islanders pushed their lead to 11-5 in the fifth with five runs on one hit and three ACU errors. Vaughan had a two-run double to left field that was the biggest blow of the inning.
The three ACU errors were part of six on the day for ACU and 10 combined between the two teams. The Wildcats and Islanders combined to commit 19 errors in the three-game series (two on Friday, seven on Saturday and 10 on Sunday).
ACU scratched back into the game with four runs in the fifth, two coming in on a single by Seth Spivey and two more coming in on singles by Russell Crippen and Gunnar Buhner. The Wildcats got another run in the sixth when Emil Litterer singled and later scored on an error by Corpus Christi shortstop Josh Garza.
The Wildcats put the game-tying run on base in both the seventh and eighth innings, but couldn't get him home. Jacob Dorris finished the last two innings for the Islanders, striking out three Wildcats s to record his second save of the series and sixth of the season.