March 29, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A five-run fifth inning helped give UTSA a 2-0 series lead Saturday afternoon as the Roadrunners defeated Louisiana Tech, 10-1, in the second game of the weekend series at Roadrunner Field.
LA Tech (9-16, 3-8 C-USA) trailed by just one heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but UTSA (18-9, 5-3 C-USA) had three consecutive singles to lead off the fifth and load the bases. The Roadrunners then took advantage of a fielding error by Bulldog second baseman Thomas Simoneaux, which set up UTSA to score three unearned runs in the inning for a 6-0 lead over Tech.
UTSA's Nolan Trabanino (5-0) earned the win for the Roadrunners after pitching six innings and allowing just one run on eight hits. Trabanino struck out one and walked two Tech batters. Logan Onda (4) came on in relief of Trabanino in the seventh and earned a save after holding the Bulldogs hitless in three innings on the mound.
Adam Derouen (0-3) was charged with the loss after allowing four runs - three earned - on eight hits before being relieved in the fifth by Jared Keating. Keating came on with no outs in the fifth and walked in one run, allowing a total of three runs - one earned - on four hits in 2.1 innings on the mound. Braden Bristo closed out the seventh inning before Luke Giddens came in and gave up three runs on one hit and two walks in 0.1 inning. Joshua Horton finished out the game for Tech, giving up one hit and facing three batters for the final two outs of the game.
The Roadrunners took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second a double by Tony Ramirez set up an RBI single by C.J. Pickering for an early UTSA lead. Tech had its chances to tie the game with seven runners left on base and four of those in scoring position.
LA Tech plated one run in the seventh after Simoneaux and Taylor Burch led off the inning with a walk and a base hit, respectively, followed by two ground balls by Bre'shon Kimbell and Taylor Love to score Simoneaux and make it 6-1.
A run in the bottom half of the seventh made it 7-1 UTSA, but it was the second half of the eighth inning that stretched the Roadrunners' lead to nine runs. John Welborn led off the frame with a walk and scored on the next at bat when Horacio Correa III doubled to left center field for the eighth run of the game for UTSA. A second walk gave UTSA runners on the corners, both of which scored on a two-RBI double to left field by Mike Warren to make it 10-1 in favor of the Roadrunners.
Burch led the Bulldogs at the dish with a perfect 3-for-3 effort with three singles, while Colby Johnson was 2-for-4 in the loss. Taylor Love also had a base hit and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to seven games and his reached base streak to 23 consecutive games. Tyler Qualls and Tyler Ervine each had a hit on the afternoon for a total of eight LA Tech base knocks.
The Roadrunners had three separate players record three-hit days with Correa, RJ Perucki and Logan Kinder each leading the way at the plate for UTSA. Warren and Ramirez totaled two hits apiece to help pace UTSA, who had 15 total base hits as a team.
The three-game set concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday at Roadrunner Field in San Antonio.
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