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At the beginning of the season, UTSA baseball Head Coach Jason Marshall said he wanted his team to be at their best by the end of the season.
As the time nears, the Roadrunners are gaining momentum. UTSA won two games out of three against Sacramento State and then won 2-1 against Texas-Pan America, Tuesday April, 23.
This past weekend, April 26 – 28, the Roadrunners continued their success as they defeated the Dallas Baptist Patriots two games to one.
It took 13 innings to decide Game 1. Dallas Baptist jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but UTSA answered with two runs in the second inning. Both teams added a run in the third inning which gave Dallas Baptist a 4-3 lead.
In the fifth inning, UTSA tied the game with a Horracio Correa III RBI. The game went scoreless until UTSA’s Riley Good hit the game-winning solo home run, in the top of the 13th inning, to give UTSA a 5-4 victory.
In Game 2, freshman pitcher Nolan Trabanino (3-3, 5.36 ERA) took the mound for UTSA. Trabanino did not have much luck; he allowed five runs in 1-and-2/3 innings of work.
UTSA tried to rally by scoring two runs in the sixth inning, but Dallas Baptist’s five runs were too much for the Roadrunners to overcome. The Patriots tied the series 1-1 with a 5-2 victory.
In the rubber match, Game 3, the Roadrunners took advantage of Daniel Rockett’s five RBI’s. Rockett hit a bases-clearing triple in the third inning and hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning.
UTSA’s Good and RJ Perucki each added an RBI in addition to Rockett’s five, and starting pitcher Michael Kraft threw seven innings of a two-hit ball where he did not allow a run, which lead to a 7-2 victory and a series win.
Although the ‘Runners are 8-9 in conference play and currently in seventh place in the WAC, they are starting to play their best baseball.
The Roadrunners have now won two consecutive WAC series and have won five out of the last seven games.
The ‘Runners (24-19, 8-9 WAC) will look to continue building momentum on April, 23 when they return to San Antonio to face Sam Houston State (27-17, 12-6 Southland) at 6 p.m. at Roadrunner Field.