UTSA have managed a shock in their first game at the Conference USA Baseball Championships as they defeated the Number 2 seed, UAB 4-1 at Hattiesburg on Wednesday night.
Facing the CUSA Pitcher of the Year, Chase Mallard, the Roadrunners had some good luck in the third inning before some impressive pitching from Brock Hartson saw the game out.
Hartson only saw five men get on base and managed a career-high 12 strike outs, the second highest in CUSA tournament history, through 8.1 innings of work.
Through his 127 pitches, Hartson only allowed two hits, also giving up a walk and accidentally hit a batter as he tore UAB apart.
The first three innings of the game managed just one hit to each side, as the game appeared to be going in the defensive direction it was expected to go in.
In the third inning UTSA got a phenomenal stroke of luck, as Horacio Correa III hit a chopper that bounced over the head of the second baseman for the Correa to get on to base.
RJ Perucki stepped up was able to hit a looping shot that landed just inside the field of play, allowing a double, to put runners on second and third.
John Borman was able to hit a slow rolling shot to second base, which allowed Correa to make the run from third rapidly, and opened the scoring.
Jesse Baker was able to manage a triple as he hit a perfect shot down the third base line which fell and dribbled in to the corner allowing Perucki to get home and double the lead.
With Baker at third, Tony Ramirez was able to step up and make a third run as Ramirez to hit a line-drive for a single to wrap up the scoring in the inning at three.
Both defenses really sured up from there, keeping the game scoreless for five more innings until UTSA were able to extend their lead in the eighth.
Again it was Bormann who was able to get an RBI as the lead stretched out to 4-0 with an impressive RBI single that allowed Warren to score.
Late in the game UAB managed their only run of the game as they earned an unearned run when an error allowed Ryan Prinzing to get on base before a two out single from Nathan Vincent scored the runner.
Logan Onda came on to finish out the game as he managed a strike out to give UTSA a surprise win to get UTSA in to the winner’s bracket as they will play East Carolina on Thursday night.