Roadrunners sweep series against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, wins 9-6 on Sunday

Rylan Renteria, Contributor

SAN ANTONIO – The Roadrunners completed the series sweep against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a 9-6 comeback win on Sunday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.

After trailing 6-2, UTSA (14-3) brought in seven runners in the seventh inning to win its sixth game in a row.

“I was impressed with our team today. We just kept hanging in there,” coach Pat Hallmark said. “The persistence from the hitters was wonderful to see.”

The Roadrunners run-filled inning began with bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.

The Islanders (7-9) walked Antonio Valdez for the second time on Sunday to bring in Clark Henry to cut the deficit to three runs. 

An RBI single from Caleb Hill brought in Leyton Barry and Shane Sirdashney to make the score 6-5. 

Josh Killeen hit an RBI single of his own, bringing Valdez across the bases to tie the game at six.

UTSA took the lead with an RBI single from Garrett Poston that advanced both Killeen and Hill home. Isaiah Walker, who was walked earlier in the inning, was the final run scored in the seventh inning from a right field hit from Clark Henry.

The UTSA pitchers prevented the Islanders from making a counter run, positioning the Roadrunners for the 9-6 win and series sweep. 

The weekends contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is UTSA’s first series sweep of the season.

Valdez popped up a fly ball in the bottom of the first inning to bring in Sirdashney across home plate and giving UTSA the early lead.

Entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the Roadrunners found themselves trailing the Islanders 5-1.

With bases loaded, Valdez was walked, advancing the runners on base and sending Poston home to bring UTSA trailing by three runs.

The Islanders’ offense responded with an RBI single to bring their lead back to four. 

“We talk about it a lot … getting that complete weekend; conference play starts next week, so it’s a good way to roll into that,” Hallmark said.

The Roadrunners will next face Stephen F. Austin with game one of series taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at Homer Bryce Stadium.