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Strong defense sees UTSA dominate Old Dominion

Brock Hartson throws down another pitch
Brock Hartson throws down another pitch
courtesy UTSA Athletics

It was a stunning defensive display that sent UTSA baseball past Old Dominion on Thursday night in the opening game of their road series.

Brock Hartson was the star for UTSA as he managed eight scoreless innings, with seven outs coming through strike-outs improving up to 4-1.

After a scorless first inning, Mike Warren hit a leadoff single in the second inning, before Horacio Correa III and hit a sacrifice hit to send Warren to second and then a John Bormann two-out single allowed Warren to score and give the Roadrunners a 1-0 win.

There was an incredibly strong wind coming in from center field that made life very hard for both sides, with UTSA having to resort to RBIs instead of their usual big swinging game.

In the sixth a John Welborn hit a leadoff single before Jesse Baker’s bunt got Welborn in to scoring position before RJ Perucki got a single before a bunt from Warren was messed up by the pitcher who threw his ball back to home plate, well over the catcher’s head to bring Welborn home.

Bunts were proving profitable for UTSA and Correa and Tony Ramirez both laid down bunts that resulted in another two RBIs, putting UTSA in front 4-0.

In the ninth CJ Pickering was able to add a fifth with an RBI single that saw Bormann cross the plate to make the task for Old Dominion a five run ninth.

With little offense in the game so far, the five runs needed was much too much for Old Dominion as they fell to a heavy 5-0 loss with Logan Onda pitching a three-up, three-down inning to seal the 5-0 result.