SUGAR LAND, Texas — Texas A&M-Corpus Christi did it again.
The eighth-seeded Islanders, who upset top-seeded Southeastern Louisiana on the first day of the Southland Conference tournament, eliminated the Lions on Friday afternoon, winning 6-5 in 10 innings at Constellation Field.
Southeastern (42-17), which reached last year’s NCAA tournament and earned its first regular-season Southland championship this year, must now hope for an at-large berth in the NCAA regionals.
The selection show is Monday morning. The Lions are No. 48 in the NCAA’s official RPI rankings.
Southeastern picked up one run on two hits in the top of the first inning when sophomore Carson Crites scored on a Corpus Christi throwing error.
Ryan Byers homered over the left-field wall to give Southeastern a 3-0 lead at the end of the second.
The Lions added one more in the third when Brett Hoffman laid down a bunt down the first-base line, allowing Crites to score again.
A&M-Corpus Christi found its rhythm in the fourth, scoring three runs off of five hits and one error. Sophomore Zacarias Hardy doubled down the left-field line to score Jordan Lee for the Islanders’ first run.
Hardy and senior Tyler Ware also crossed the plate, cutting the Lions’ lead to 4-3 before junior Justin Perales was caught stealing home to end the inning.
In the eighth, Byers drew a bases-loaded walk to score senior Kevin Carr, giving the Islanders a 5-4 lead. Ware followed with a sacrifice fly to score Jordan Lee and tie the score at 5.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, the Islanders put runners on the corners with one out. Ware singled through the right side to score Hardy for a 6-5 win.