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Big eighth sends Roadrunners past rivals

UTSA Run on to the field
UTSA Run on to the field
courtesy UTSA Athletics

UTSA Baseball came from behind in the eighth inning to secure a 7-2 win over their I-35 rivals, Texas State at Roadrunner Field on Tuesday night.

RJ Perucki was impressive on the UTSA offense as he went 2-for-3, managing three RBIs, scoring a run to give UTSA another win.

UTSA got off to a perfect start with John Welborn hitting a lead-off double, before Perucki stepped up at the third spot and hit a matching double, to open the scoring as Welborn crossed the plate.

In the second Texas State restored parity as Trey Hicks managed an RBI single to center, which allowed Tyler Pearson to score from second.

Michael Kraft was a force on the mound for UTSA, coming in with two outs in the second and managing to retire 15 of the next 19 batters, with six coming through strikeouts, for a season high.

But in the eighth that run ended as Garrett Mattledge managed a single to center, which allowed the runner to score, giving the Bobcats a vital lead in the penultimate inning.

But UTSA responded in the bottom of the eghth, beginning with a lead-off single to Logan Kinder and a Welborn walk, Horacio Correa III loaded the bases with Perucki due up.

Perucki stepped up and hit a single in to left field, which allowed Kindler and Welborn to cross the plate to restore UTSA’s lead.

A pick-off attempt allowed Correa to score as the throw went out of the third baseman’s glove,a llowing Correa to get home before Perucki was brought home by a Tony Ramirez double to right center.

The Roadrunners weren’t done yet and Jesse Baker sealed things with a two-run home run over the left field wall to wrap up the 7-2 win with a six run eighth.

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