UTSA beats SFA, wins series against ODU


Dalton Hartmann

Garret Poston takes a swing at a pitch during a game against Charlotte last week. Poston, a redshirt sophomore from League City, Texas, has seen his role expand by leaps and bounds from a season ago. A year after playing in just two games, Poston has established himself as a near every day presence in the lineup and is hitting .278 with 15 RBIs this season.

Luke Lawhorn, Assistant Sports Editor

Looking to extend their five-game win streak, the UTSA Roadrunners (21-11, 7-5 C-USA) hosted Stephen F. Austin (8-20) on April 6. UTSA won the game 14-4 and improved to 17-0 when scoring six or more runs. After both teams went three and out in the first inning, the Lumberjacks scored four runs, leaving the Roadrunners to answer. Ryan Flores had a leadoff walk and another walk from Josh Killeen put runners on first and second. Garrett Poston hit a two-run double to make the score 2-4. 

UTSA scored again in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 3-4. After SFA went scoreless again in the top of the fifth, the ‘Runners rallied in the bottom of the fifth to score 11 runs which made the score 14-4. All nine of the UTSA hitters in the starting lineup had hits, led by Poston with three. The ‘Runners just had two total strikeouts and 14 hits, while SFA had nine strikeouts and just five hits. 

Right after Wednesday’s game, UTSA flew to Norfolk, Va., to play another conference series against Old Dominion (22-8, 6-6 C-USA), who was ranked No. 29 in the nation. The ‘Runners were 5-0 against ranked opponents heading into the series. The score in game one was close in the early going, with ODU scoring just one run through the first four innings. Old Dominion added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored three more runs to make the score 4-0. ODU scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and five more in the eighth inning to make the game 11-0. UTSA had three straight outs in the ninth, losing for the first time all season without scoring a run. ODU’s Blake Morgan threw six scoreless innings while, as a team, the Monarchs had 13 hits to the ‘Runners’ five. UTSA was due for a bad game and had two more tries at the Monarchs. 

Looking to avenge themselves from their ugly loss on Friday, the ‘Runners took an early lead against ODU, going up 2-1 after three innings. Both teams scored two runs in the fourth, making the score 4-3. UTSA then went scoreless until the ninth inning, while ODU plated four more runs in the bottom of the sixth. UTSA’s Ian Bailey hit his team-high ninth homer of the season in the ninth inning to tie the game. Tied at seven, the two teams battled in extra innings. After going scoreless in the 10th inning, UTSA’s Ryan Flores had one of his two RBIs in the top of the 11th as he doubled into right-center field, advancing Sammy Diaz home to go ahead 8-7. Daniel Shafer held off ODU to win the game, improving the Roadrunners to 18-0 when scoring six or more runs. UTSA had 10 hits on the day to ODU’s nine, along with both teams having six RBIs. The conference series would be decided Sunday. 

The conclusion of the series started off with the two teams entering the third inning tied 3-3. The ‘Runners then went on to score three runs in the top of the inning, thanks to back-to-back singles from Leyton Barry and Sammy Diaz. Bailey hit a double to bring in both Barry and Diaz to score. Isaiah Walker hit a single and brought in Bailey to make the score 5-2. Going into the seventh, UTSA was up 6-4 and the ‘Runners rallied to extend that lead. With the bases loaded, Chase Keng hit a single which scored two runs. The next hitter was Walker, who hit another single to right field to load the bases again. Poston and Kody Darcy were the next batters up and drew walks to bring in two more runs to make the score 10-4. After ODU went scoreless in the seventh, UTSA scored three more runs and went on to win the series and the game 13-4. The Roadrunners had 16 hits for the day while ODU had seven hits. Both teams had eight strikeouts. UTSA will play at Sam Houston (19-13) Wednesday, April 13.