What a game for the seniors! @JacksonOwens_ with the triple to right field to score @esanchez_1022 & @itchyb123! Islanders lead he Cardinals 6-2 with 1 out in the bottom of the 7th ? #GoDers ?? pic.twitter.com/5R76sf7MJJ
— Islanders Baseball (@IslandersBSB) May 13, 2018
The Jackson Owens-fueled Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders turned back the Incarnate Word Cardinals 8-3 Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep.
Owens beat UIW at the plate and on the mound.
He hit a double and a triple and drove in three runs for the Islanders, and he also pitched the last 2 and 2/3 innings, earning credit for the win.
The series was played in Corpus Christi at Chapman Field.
Incarnate Word 29-23, 13-14
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 27-26, 11-16
The Cardinals held the lead in all three games but failed to win any of them.
As a result, they fell into a tie for seventh with New Orleans leading into the final days of the SLC race.
Eight teams qualify for the SLC tournament.
UIW and New Orleans are tied for seventh at 13-14, followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Nicholls, both 11-16.
Each team has three games remaining.
Kats Clinch Share Of SLC Title With Win Over HBU #EatEmUpKats
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— Sam Houston Baseball (@BearkatsBSB) May 13, 2018
Hoping to secure its first SLC tournament berth, UIW plays at home Thursday, Friday and Saturday against first-place Sam Houston State.
UIW is hosting a team that is coming off historic success.
Last year, the Bearkats won the NCAA Lubbock Regional and advanced to the tournament’s Super Regional round.
At that point, Florida State knocked out Sam Houston State in two straight for a berth in the College World Series.
Recently, the Bearkats (35-17, 21-6) bounced back from a four-game losing streak to win two in a row against Houston Baptist.
Sam Houston State clinched at least a share of the SLC’s regular-season title with a 9-6 victory over Houston Baptist on Sunday.
The SLC tournament is scheduled May 23-26 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.