The Roadrunners of UTSA (30-23, 14-11 WAC) scored multiple runs in three separate innings to defeat Louisiana Tech (19-36, 6-20 WAC), 13-2, in seven innings and take the series victory Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Louisiana Tech scored one run in the bottom of the first inning for an early advantage, but UTSA plated four runs in the third, five in the sixth and four more in the seventh to cut Friday's game short due to a 10-run rule in conference games.
The Bulldogs will face off in the final game of the 2013 season at 4 p.m. tomorrow in what will be the final game in the careers of nine Tech seniors.
"We vowed to play until the last play of the season and we didn't do that tonight, and that is unacceptable," head coach Wade Simoneaux. "UTSA is a good team and they swing the bats well, but we have to get better. We have some great seniors in this group that probably have not had the season they envisioned, but I appreciate them and what they've done for this program."
Junior right hander Michael Kraft (5-5) earned the win for UTSA after holding the Bulldogs to two runs – one earned – off six hits in 4.2 innings of work. Kraft struck out four batters and walked three before Logan Onda came on in the fifth with a 4-2 lead to allow just one hit in 2.1 innings of work. Onda (1) earned his first save of the season in the outing.
Phil Maton (6-6) started and was charged with the loss after allowing six runs – five earned – off 11 hits, while striking out three in 5.2 innings pitched. Maton was relieved by Sam Alvis in the sixth, who pitched 0.2 innings before Dakota Doss closed out the final 0.2 innings of the game.
Tech jumped out to a 1-0 lead over UTSA in the first after Austin Hedges reached base on an error followed by an RBI single by Tyler Ervine to drive home the first run of the ball game.
The Roadrunners answered back in the third when Tony Ramirez singled up the middle to tie the game, followed by an RBI double by Horacio Correa III and a two-run single by Jesse Baker to give UTSA a 4-0 lead over Louisiana Tech.
The Bulldogs cut UTSA's lead to two runs in the fourth inning after Alvis doubled to left field and scored on an RBI single by Tyler Qualls to make it 4-2 Roadrunners.
In the sixth, UTSA combined timely hitting with smart base running, while also capitalizing on three Bulldog errors to plate five runs for a 9-2 lead after six complete.
With one out in the seventh and Doss on the mound, UTSA center fielder Daniel Rockett sent a 1-1 pitch well over the left field fence for a solo home run to extend the Roadrunners lead to eight runs. Later in the inning, Correa III hit a three-run shot over the right field fence for the final three runs of the game to give UTSA a 13-2 victory.
Correa III led the Roadrunners at the plate for the second consecutive night with a 3-for-5 performance with a home run, a double, five RBI and three runs scored. Rockett also put together a three-hit night with a home run, two doubles, an RBI and two runs. RJ Perucki was a perfect 3-for-3 on the night with three runs scored, while Ramirez and Riley Good each recorded two hits apiece for a total of 16 base knocks by UTSA batters.
For Louisiana Tech, Alvis was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and walk, while Corey White, Taylor Terrasas, Ervine, Qualls and Colby Johnson each had one hit on the night for a total of seven Bulldog base hits.
The series concludes at 4 p.m. tomorrow at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. Saturday's contest will be the final game of the 2013 season, as nine seniors on this year's team will be honored pregame for their continued effort and support of Bulldog baseball.