Robert Ruiz, The Paisano
The UTSA Roadrunners (21-15, 9-6 C-USA) won the weekend series against the Old Dominion Monarchs (17-17, 5-10 C-USA) two games to one.
After winning game one 7-6 in extra innings (13) and game two 8-2, the Roadrunners were unable to complete the series sweep and looked sluggish in a 11-2 game three loss.
The 13-inning series opener stands as the longest game the Roadrunners have played this season. In the game, the Roadrunners rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the seventh inning to extend the game to extra innings. All six of UTSA’s runs in regulation came in the final three innings with the game-winning run coming in the 13th.
UTSA center fielder Kevin Markham performed well in the outing, recording three hits in six at bats while adding one RBI. UTSA pitcher Chance Kirby earned the win from the mound, throwing for 3.2 innings, allowing only two hits and no runs while moving his personal record to 3-1.
Game two of the series wasn’t as closely contested, as a five-run 8th inning propelled the Roadrunners to a win.
UTSA junior Jess Baker sparked the Roadrunners scoring efforts with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third. The home run marked the 10th for Baker this season, placing him in a tie for 11th in the NCAA home run rankings for the year.
UTSA pitcher Aaron Burns earned the win for the Roadrunners after throwing for 7.0 innings, allowing only two runs while on the mound and pushing his personal record to 6-2.
Game three of the series was an overall struggle for UTSA. The Roadrunners went scoreless for five straight innings to open the game and posted seven errors on the defensive side.
After the loss, UTSA Head Coach Jason Marshall stated, “One of two things was going to happen today. When you’re down 0-2, you either come out and really fight, or you just crawl in a hole. (ODU) came out and fought really hard.”
The Monarchs had a stellar performance at the plate in the game. ODU more than doubled UTSA in hits by producing 15, compared to UTSA’s seven. Additionally, the Monarchs had four multi-score innings, including a four-run second inning.
“When you give good hitters the chance to hit in a 3-1 count, they’re going to make you pay for it,” said Markham. “They certainly got on top of us there early and we just weren’t able to get anything going at any point in the game.”
Four different Roadrunners took the mound for UTSA with pitcher Nolan Trabanino gaining the loss after throwing for 1.2 innings while allowing five runs and three hits.
“I really was pleased with the bullpen guys,” said Marshall. “I thought they did a good job throwing strikes. We didn’t play any defense behind them.”
Next, UTSA will compete against Texas State in San Marcos on Tuesday, April 14 before a triple-header against Rice in Houston through the weekend.