SAN ANTONIO — UTSA left 17 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the ninth, and No. 25 Texas State staved off a late surge in a 9-7 victory on Saturday at the Bird Bath.
The Bobcats (30-16, 9-7 SLC) raced out to a 6-0 lead after two innings, but the Roadrunners (22-26, 13-13 SLC) fought back to get within two late but never were able to pull even.
Travis Ballew (3-1) earned the win in relief after giving up three runs on two hits and three walks to go along with four strikeouts in 2.1 frames. Jeff McVaney picked up his second save in as many days and fifth of the season after quelling the ninth-inning rally by striking out the side despite giving up a run and loading the bases.
Senior Taylor Walton (5-5) was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits over his 1.2 panels of work.
Casey Kalenkosky paced Texas State, which stranded 13 runners of its own, with a 3-for-4 performance, while Tyler Sibley and Kyle Kubitza each drove in three runs.
Senior Tyler Carpenter, sophomore Daniel Rockett and redshirt freshman RJ Perucki all tallied three base hits for UTSA.
After scoring in the opening inning, the Bobcats sent 10 batters to the plate in the second and produced five runs on a half dozen hits, which chased Walton from the contest.
The Roadrunners went scoreless for the first three innings, but Perucki's run-scoring single in the fourth began a slight momentum change.
Texas State answered with a run in the following inning to push their lead to 7-1, but UTSA plated two more in the bottom of the frame to knock out Texas State starting pitcher Mitchell Pitts.
The Bobcats took advantage of a pair of sixth-inning walks by freshman reliever Matt Locus when Cody Gambill hit a run-scoring single into right.
The Roadrunners put together its best rally of the day with a three-run seventh, but Texas State added an unearned insurance run in the ninth before UTSA rallied in its final at-bat.
Back-to-back hits, including a lead-off double by Perucki, to started the frame, but McVaney was able to fan the next two hitters, junior Matthew James and senior Ryan Hutson. Carpenter then reached on an infield single, which scored Perucki, and junior Casey Selsor followed with a walk, but sophomore Ryan Dalton struck out swinging to end the contest.