For the second consecutive day, a schedule change was made in anticipation of forecasted precipitation, but the UTSA Roadrunners was able to adjust to the earlier start time, pulling out to a seven-run lead and holding on for an 8-4 victory over the Seattle University Redhawks Saturday afternoon in Western Athletic Conference baseball action at Bannerwood Park.
Daniel Rockett led off the game with a single, and John Bormann and RJ Perucki drew consecutive walks off Seattle U starter Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) to load the bases. Tony Ramirez drove in Rockett with a sacrifice fly to center field, and the bases were filled again on a Redhawk error. Bormann would score when a fly ball to center field was misplayed, but the Roadrunners left the bases loaded as Anderson picked up a strikeout and a groundout.
Chase Fields (Ontario, Ore.) and Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) drew back-to-back walks to start the bottom of the first inning, but UTSA was able to turn a double play to post two quick outs. Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.) was able to drive in Roberts with a single to left field, cutting the Roadrunner lead in half.
The score would remain the same until the top of the fifth inning when Perucki and Ramirez led off with back-to-back walks, followed by an Anderson wild pitch that advanced both runners into scoring position. Horacio Correa III would drive both Roadrunners in with a single to left-center field, ending the outing for Anderson after four innings plus three batters and extending UTSA’s lead to 4-1.
UTSA (18-13, 4-4 WAC) would add one run in the sixth inning when Rockett reached on a throwing error and came around to score on a double by Bormann. In the seventh inning, John Welborn hit a blooper into short center field, driving in two more runs to give the visitors a 7-1 advantage.
Mike Warren hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, but Seattle U answered in the bottom of the ninth, starting when Fields was hit by a pitch and Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.) launched his third home run of the season over the left field wall and off the light pole. Newton followed with his own long ball over the right field wall, his third of the season, and Brian Olson (Black Diamond, Wash.) extended the game further with a single. Wesley Cox came on for the Roadrunners and picked up the final out of the contest.
Jordan Pacheco relieved UTSA starter Michael Kraft in the fourth inning and pitched five innings, allowing four hits, two walks, and three runs, but earning his seventh victory of the season. Anderson took the loss for the Redhawks after giving up five hits, six walks, and four runs, three of them earned.
Seattle U’s nine hits came from four players, led by Newton’s 3-for-5 performance and including two hits apiece by Narby, Olson, and Bryndon Ecklund (Elma, Wash.). Warren led the Roadrunners by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Bormann, Correa, and Welborn collected two hits each as UTSA outhit Seattle U, 10-9.
Seattle University (10-20, 2-6 WAC) will try to salvage the final game of the weekend series Sunday, April 7, at Bannerwood Park. First pitch is scheduled for 12 noon, but fans are encouraged to visit GoSeattleU.com for any potential changes as a result of weather.