March 30, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - UTSA scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and complete a three-game sweep of Louisiana Tech with a 6-3 win over the Bulldogs Sunday at Roadrunner Field in San Antonio.
This weekend marks the first time this season the Bulldogs have been swept as the Roadrunners of UTSA (19-9, 6-3 C-USA) outscored LA Tech (9-17, 3-9 C-USA) by a score of 19-6 over the course of three games.
Wesley Cox (6-1) earned the win for UTSA after coming on in relief in the sixth. Cox gave up one run on three hits in 2.2 innings to wrap up the win for the Roadrunners. Matt Sims (5) picked up his second save of the weekend after pitching the final 1.1 innings and giving up one hit with two strikeouts. Justin Anderson started for UTSA and went 5.0 innings, giving up two runs - one earned - on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Richie Navari (3-2) started for the Bulldogs and was charged for the loss after giving up three runs - two earned - on eight hits in 6.0 innings. Eric Dunbar came on in relief of Navari with no outs in the bottom of the seventh after UTSA took a 3-2 lead. Dunbar pitched 0.1 inning and gave up two runs on one hit, while allowing a walk. Laetten Galbraith came on in the seventh and faced four batters, giving up one run on two hits before Mark Baughman pitched the final 1.1 innings, while allowing one hit and striking out one in the outing.
UTSA began the scoring early in the game after taking a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning after an error by LA Tech third baseman Ryan Jones kept the inning alive.
The Roadrunners added to their lead in the third inning after John Welborn led off the inning with a single up the middle and later scored on an RBI single through the left side by RJ Perucki to make it 2-0.
Louisiana Tech batters were contained until the fifth inning when the Bulldogs scored two runs on three hits and took advantage of a UTSA error to knot the game at 2-2.
The fifth inning began with a bunt single down the first base line by Thomas Simoneaux. Taylor Burch then reached safely on an error by UTSA shortstop Horacio Correa III to give Tech two runners on and no outs. Taylor Love singled to load the bases, followed by an RBI single to center by Bre'shon Kimbell to cut UTSA's lead to 2-1. Burch scored on the next at bat thanks to a sacrifice fly to right field by Colby Johnson to tie the ball game at 2-2.
UTSA broke the 2-2 tie in the seventh after Welborn led off the frame with a solo home run over the left field wall to make it 3-2 in favor of the Roadrunners. Dunbar then came on in relief of Navari and walked Jesse Baker, who scored on another RBI single by Perucki to give UTSA a 4-2 lead. UTSA was not done with the scoring as the Roadrunners added two more runs in the inning after the Bulldogs intentionally walked Tony Ramirez to load the bases, followed by a two-run double to left center field to make it a 6-3 lead for the Roadrunners.
In the top of the eighth, Jones singled with two outs and scored on an RBI double to right center by Steven Blanchard to cut UTSA's lead to 6-3, but the comeback fell short as UTSA completed the sweep with a victory.
Love led the Bulldogs with a 3-for-5 effort with a double as the sophomore shortstop extended his hitting streak to eight games and his reached base streak to 24 consecutive games. Blanchard was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Jones also had two base knocks and scored a run in the loss. Tyler Ervine kept his hitting streak alive with a base hit in the second inning to make it seven consecutive games with a base knock for the Tech first baseman. Simoneaux and Burch each had one hit apiece and scored a run, while Kimbell was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
The Roadrunners were led by Perucki, who was 2-for-5 with three RBI, while Welborn was 3-for-5 with a home run, three runs and one RBI. Correa and Mike Warren each had two hits apiece for UTSA in Sunday's contest.
UTSA out-hit the Bulldogs 12 to 11, while both teams committed two errors each in the final game of the series.
The Bulldogs return to action at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 as Tech hosts in-state foe Northwestern State at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
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