Baseball on five-game win streak, takes down two ranked opponents


Dustin Vickers

Ian Bailey hustles for home as he’s urged by his teammates to slide during this weekend’s series against Charlotte. Bailey has continued his torrid pace to the season and is currently hitting .293 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs.

Julia Maenius, Assistant Sports Editor

The UTSA baseball team (18-10, 5-4 C-USA) added five tallies to the win column last week with wins over UIW (12-13), No. 11 TCU (19-9) and a three-game series sweep over No. 23 Charlotte (17-10). The Roadrunners claimed these wins after a 1-2 series at Florida Atlantic the previous weekend.

A pair of 10th inning runs fueled a 6-4 win over UIW on Tuesday, March 29. UTSA was on the board early with three runs in the top of the third. Matt King reached on an error before Chase Keng ripped a homer to right field for a two RBI hit. A single from Ryan Flores batted in Jonathan Tapia to give UTSA a 3-0 lead. UIW responded in the bottom of the frame with four runs to take the lead. 

After two scoreless innings, Leyton Barry sent a triple to right field to put the Roadrunners in scoring position. A balk from the UIW pitcher scored Barry to tie the game. Another three scoreless innings brought a tie-breaking 10th. Barry singled and advanced to second on an error, then advanced to third on a hit from Garrett Poston. A sacrifice fly from Isaiah Walker sent Barry home (5-4). With two outs, Keng doubled up the middle and Tapia hit the game-winning single to score Keng as UTSA took a two-run lead (6-4) to win the game.

The Roadrunners then traveled to Fort Worth on Wednesday, March 30, to face No. 11 TCU. Tapia got the offense rolling in the top of the first with a double on the first pitch of the game. Ian Bailey flew out to right field to advance Tapia to third. Two walks scored Tapia for a one-run lead. The Horned Frogs did not stay behind for long as they added two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead. 

A homer from the bat of Josh Killeen started the second inning. Austin Ochoa then reached on a fielding error and advanced to second, and Kody Darcy was walked to put two runners on base. Tapia singled through the left side as Ochoa reached home (3-2). Flores was walked to put Darcy on third as Shane Sirdashney flied out to left field to score Darcy (4-2). 

UTSA added three additional runs to their lead in the third. Walker smacked a home run to left field to start the inning. Killeen was walked and a triple from Ochoa scored the catcher. A Tapia double scored Ochoa as the Roadrunners chalked seven runs in three innings (7-2). TCU added a run in the bottom of the fourth to trail 7-3, a two RBI double to center field from Bailey scored Tapia and Ochoa in the top of the fifth. A Flores single scored Bailey as UTSA reached double digits with a 10-3 lead. The Horned Frogs cut some of UTSA’s lead in the sixth with two runs (10-5). 

With Ochoa on third in the top of the seventh after reaching on an error, a sacrifice fly from Tapia scored Ochoa for a 11-5 lead. In the top of the eighth, Sirdashney was walked and Sammy Diaz singled to advance him. Sirdashney advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher and crossed home for an unearned run (12-5). A two RBI home run from TCU in the bottom of the frame put the Horned Frogs within four (12-8) to close the game with a UTSA win. 

The Roadrunners took on a weekend series at Roadrunner Field April 1-3 against the No. 23 Charlotte 49ers. UTSA took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second. A Diaz homer to left field put the first run on the board. A single from Tapia advanced Keng, King and Walker to score on a two RBI hit from the senior. Two scoreless innings ended with another hit from Tapia that scored King (5-0) in the fourth. A line out from Flores in the bottom of the frame advanced Tapia to third and scored Barry for a 6-0 lead. A Sirdashney single that advanced the outfielder to second scored Bailey and Tapia as the 49ers remained scoreless (8-0). 

The Roadrunners tacked on a ninth run in the fifth. With two runners on, Keng reached on an error by left field and advanced to third to score Barry. UTSA held Charlotte off the board until the top of the seventh inning where they scored one-run to trail 9-1. A Diaz double started the UTSA offense in the bottom of the seventh. With bases loaded, a single from Barry scored Diaz as UTSA took a 10-run lead. A ground out from Tapia scored King two batters later. Bailey then stepped to the plate and reached on a throwing error as Keng crossed home (13-1). The 49ers added two runs in the bottom of the eighth but were unable to come back as UTSA won 13-3. 

The second game of the series was a one-run win for UTSA. The Roadrunners used a seven-run eighth inning to clench the win.

A scoreless first two innings was broken by two runs from Charlotte in the top of the third. The 49ers added a third run in the fourth as UTSA remained scoreless. A four-run sixth inning saw a 7-0 lead for Charlotte. With Bailey on third in the bottom of the seventh, a double play from the Charlotte defense did not stop him from reaching home for the first run of the game for UTSA (7-1). 

The bats were hot for UTSA in the eighth inning. With two runners on, a single from Killeen scored Sirdashney. With bases loaded, King was hit by the pitch to advance Flores to home plate. A line out from Keng then scored Killeen (7-4). A few batters later, Walker singled to first base to advance three runners as Barry scored. A two RBI single up the middle from Sirdashney scored Tapia and King to tie the game (7-7). With Walker and Sirdashney on base, Flores singled to score Walker and take a one-run lead (8-7) to win.

UTSA remained constant scorers in the final game of the series with a 8-5 win for the sweep. A Keng double with bases loaded scored Barry and Sirdashney for an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. King was batted in by a Barry double in the second for a 3-0 lead over the 49ers. Charlotte broke a two scoreless innings streak with two runs in the top of the fourth (3-2). The Roadrunners responded with a Tapia sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame for a two-run lead (4-2). 

The 49ers added a third run to the board in the fifth. As UTSA stepped into the box, the Roadrunners scored two runs in the bottom of the frame. A single from Keng scored Walker who was waiting on third. With two runners on, a Poston single sent Keng home for a 6-3 lead. Both teams added two runs to their line in the sixth. Tapia scored on a pass ball to kick off the bottom of the inning. A single down the left field line from Flores scored Barry as UTSA led 8-5 and concluded the scoring for the series. 

The Roadrunners are set to host Stephen F. Austin (8-19) this Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m. before traveling to Norfolk, Va. to face Old Dominion (20-6) in a weekend series on April 8-10. First pitch of the weekend will be thrown Friday at 5 p.m. The series can be viewed on