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Defensive game sees HBU come out on top

UTSA manage a strong hit
UTSA manage a strong hit
courtesy UTSA Athletics

A big fourth inning saw Houston Baptist take it away from UTSA as they managed a 5-2 win in the baseball game at Husky Field on Tuesday night.

UTSA struggled to get free from the Husky defense which was lead by Ross Kennell who started on the mound for HBU who retired the first nine Roadrunners to the plate.

It was an attacking effort from Houston Baptist, who were able to manage plenty of hits, but left too many men stranded and could well have had an even bigger lead.

Jordan McCoy and Zach Nehir were the best for HBU’s attack as they both managed to go 3-for-4 with four HBU players getting multi-hit games.

After a scoreless first inning, with a strong defensive first inning from both sides, the Huskies hit the lead as Thomas Clay managed a two-out double that allowed two batters to score.

Next up CJ Jarvis was able to manage a shot in to right center for a single that scored the two men on base and saw HBU shoot out to an early 4-0 lead.

In the third that offense continued as a Nehrir single was able to score yet another runner which pushed the lead out to an intimidating 5-0.

UTSA were getting enough hits to pose a threat to the Huskies but they were out played by a strong defense which forced three double plays, leaving eight men stranded.

In the fifth UTSA came back as a double from John Bormann down to left-field brought Tony Ramirez in from first, with a throwing error allowing Ramirez to make the stretch from third to home.

That move allowed CJ Pickering to step up and hit a sacrifice fly which brought Bormann home to cut the gap to an achievable 5-2.

But for the rest of the game the Roadrunners were shut out by some impressive pitching in relief from Chris Garza, Josh Martinez and Dylan Zarosky, who shut out the Roadrunners.

The solid defensive work ended the Roadrunners come back as quickly as it started and condemned UTSA to the loss.

The result means that the Huskies get the season sweep on the Roadrunners, who will have to regroup quickly and try as they head in to a vital CUSA series against Charlotte in San Antonio on the weekend.

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