SAN ANTONIO — UTSA scored the final seven runs of the game to capture the first game of a Western Athletic conference baseball series, 7-2, over Sacramento State on Friday night. The Roadrunners scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh inning before plating three runs in the eighth inning to put the game away.
UTSA PULLS AWAY LATE TO WIN FIRST GAME OF SERIES
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The loss dropped the Hornets to 21-16 overall and 7-6 in WAC play. UTSA moved to 20-17 overall and 5-7 while snapping a four-game losing steak.
Sacramento State used extra base hits to score both of its runs. In the second inning, Will Soto tripled to right center and scored on a groundout by Scotty Burcham for the first run of the game. In the fourth inning, Justin Higley hit his team-leading sixth home run of the year to give the team a 2-0 advantage.
That run would be the last allowed by UTSA starter Brock Hartson who threw 8.0 innings and allowed just four hits while walking three and striking out three.
Sacramento State starter Ty Nichols did not allow a run until surrendering a home run to Tony Ramirez in the fourth inning. UTSA tied the game in the fifth behind a leadoff double from Riley Good who later scored on a sacrifice fly. The Roadrunners' first lead came the following inning on another sac fly. A third-consecutive leadoff double turned into a run in the seventh inning.
In the eighth, UTSA had a one-out single followed by a double. A second single drove in the first run and an intentional walk loaded the bases before Garrett Kraemer struck out Horacia Correa III. With two outs, RJ Perucki had a two RBI single.
The series continues on Saturday at noon.