SAN ANTONIO- Leyton Barry had three hits and Matt King rode a threesome to lead UTSA to a 14-8 win over No. 7 Texas State on Tuesday night at Roadrunner Field.
UTSA (28-13) used a first five-run and a sixth eight-run to record the win over Texas State (32-10), forging a nine-game winning streak for the Bobcats and extending UTSA’s home-game winning streak to nine games.
The win for the Roadrunners put UTSA up to 8-2 against ranked opponents, including 5-0 at home with wins over No. 2 Stanford and three against No. 23 Charlotte. It was a big win in the UTSA’s search for potential NCAA tournament positioning on a broad scale, as the Roadrunners entered the matchup with a #58 NCAA RPI and Texas State owned a #47.
The Roadrunners went 5-2 in a back-and-forth in the first inning before Texas State scored six goals in the second and third innings. After scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth, UTSA blew up for eight runs in the sixth and added an insurance run in the seventh to seal the win.
UTSA’s Monster Week of Opportunity continues with three games at RPI No. 51 Middle Tennessee continued, beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. The Roadrunners are currently tied for second place in Conference USA, with the Blue Raiders a game behind.
Barry led the Roadrunners in a 3-on-5 game with two RBIs, with King driving in three runs on a 2-on-5 game. UTSA also got two-hit games from Ian Bailey, Pursue Keng and Isaiah Walker. Jonathan Tapia, Garret Poston and Ryan Flores Everyone had hits and Sammy Diaz finished with a pair of RBI.
Beard (2-1) secured the win with two innings of shutouts, allowing only three hits with two strikeouts and throwing fifth and sixth shutouts before UTSA’s seventh run with eight runs.
The Roadrunners started as a sophomore Ryan Ward, who pitched 0.2 innings and allowed two runs on two hits with two walks and a 26-pitch strikeout. Come in to relieve Ward in the first Braden Davis pitched 0.1 innings. The newcomer allowed one run, no hits and walked one of five pitches. Ulise Quiroga was called in the second by the bullpen. The sophomore threw 1.1 innings and allowed four carries with three hits with a walk and a strikeout from 27 throws.
Simon Mueller came to the mound to relieve Quiroga in the third. The sophomore right-hander threw 0.2 innings and allowed a run of one hit, two walks and a strikeout of 24 throws. Reece Ostling took the mound to relieve Miller in the fourth. The super senior threw an inning and allowed just one hit of 11 throws. Beaird took the mound in the top of the fifth, allowing three runs with two strikeouts in two innings of work.
John Chomko took the mound for Beaird in the seventh and pitched a pair of monster innings. He only allowed one hit, one walk, and three strikeouts from 32 pitches. Luke Malone finished the game for UTSA and scored a perfect ninth place with two strikeouts.
Texas State starter Trevis Sundgren pitched an inning. The Bobcat Righty allowed five runs from six hits and a strikeout of 24 pitches. Jonathan Martinez was called out in the second by the Texas State bullpen. Martinez allowed one hit and knocked out a hitter with 22 throws during his two innings on the mound. Austin Smith was brought in to relieve Martinez at the end of the fourth. Smith pitched two innings, allowed one hit and recorded three strikeouts on 31 pitches.
From the Bobcat bullpen, Tony Robie came in to relieve Smith at the bottom of sixth place. Pitching 0.0 innings, the sophomore threw 10 pitches, allowing two hits and walking one. Matthew Nicholas (1-1) was called out of the pen at the end of the sixth. Nicholas allowed four runs from a hit with a walk and strikeout during .1 innings of work.
Triston Dixon came on for Nicholas in the sixth. Dixon worked .2 innings, allowing a run of one hit and a 14-throw strikeout. Victor Loa was brought out of the bullpen to relieve Dixon in the seventh. Loa allowed a run from a hit and walked a batter from 15 throws in .1 innings. Tristan Stivors — a front-runner for Sun Belt Conference Reliever of the Year — came to closure for the Bobcats. The senior threw 1.2 innings and allowed one hit and three strikeouts from 27 pitches.
The Bobcats overran the first run of the game in the lead of Dalton Shuffield’s first RBI double to score Ben McClain. With bases loaded, Daylon Pena reached first base by fielder’s choice and scored for Shuffield.
UTSA took the lead in the bottom of the frame with five runs. With Tapia and Poston on the base via singles, Bailey sneaked one in the middle to score Tapia from second place. With a two strike count, Keng sent a single past second baseman to hit Poston and tie the game. A single to third base from Walker overran Bailey as the Roadrunners took the lead. Barry hit another run with a 1-1 count and blasted a two-RBI double deep into left field as Keng and Walker went home for a 5-2 lead.
Four runs by the Bobcats saw another lead change. Two walks set the base for McClain’s home run in the top of the second. McLain’s three-run homer was followed by a solo blaster from Shuffield as Texas State reclaimed the lead 6-5.
Two runs on top of the third extended Texas State’s lead. With bases loaded and a 1-2 count, Shuffield caught an error when Wesley Faison and August Ramirez were sent home as the Bobcats took an 8-5 lead in three heats.
The Roadrunners took the lead in the bottom sixth after two scoreless innings. A single from Barry was sent past second baseman. King peaked with a single to move Barry up to third place. Tapia was run to load the bases for Bailey. With a full count, Bailey was led to Barry. Flores followed with a fielder choice as Bailey went third from second base through an error when Tapia and King scored to level the game 8-8. A sacrificial bunt from Diaz overran Bailey as the Roadrunners regained the lead. Keng then scored down the middle to put Flores up for a two-run lead. Walker was led to load bases for King while the Roadrunners battled for order with two outs on the board. On a 1-0 count, King ripped a ball deep into midfield for a three-run double to hit Diaz, Keng and Walker while UTSA took a five-run lead 13-8.
UTSA extended their lead by another heat in seventh place. Bailey sent a single down the middle as Flores left. A pass ball propelled both runners to put UTSA in goal position when Diaz stepped on the plate. A ground out to third base by Diaz gave Bailey a 14-8 lead and won the game.
UTSA: N / A
State of Texas: Ben McClain (5), Dalton Shuffield (8)
WP – Ryan Beard (2-1): 2 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts
SV – N / A
Vinyl record – Matthew Nicholas (1-1): 0.1 IP, 1 hit, 4 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
UTSA travels to Murfreesboro, Tennessee this weekend to take on Middle Tennessee in a weekend series. The first game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday and will be broadcast on CUSA TV.