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Roadrunners topple Houston Baptist in 13 innings, 9-6

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HOUSTON — Junior Daniel Rockett set a career high with six RBIs, including the game-winner in the 13th inning, and UTSA got past Houston Baptist, 9-6, on Tuesday afternoon at Husky Field.

Rockett, who was 3-for-7 on the day, brought home runs with a a two-run homer in the fifth, a bases-clearing double four innings later and his game-winning single with two down in the final frame to pace the Roadrunners' 12-hit attack.

UTSA improved to 2-2 on the year, while the Huskies fell to 1-2.

Senior Jason Mohn led off the deciding panel by reaching on an error by HBU shortstop Collin Hetzler. After sophomore John Welborn's sacrifice bunt and senior Matthew James' fly out to center, Mohn stood at third as the go-ahead run. Sophomore Riley Good then drew a walk and Rockett laced the next pitch from Curtis Jones into left field to plate Mohn. The Roadrunners added a pair of insurance runs on senior Casey Selsor's triple to right to close out the scoring.

Redshirt freshman Drew Dyer (1-0) struck out a pair over two scoreless innings, while junior Justin Graham retired the side in order in the 13th for the save in the first appearance of his career.

Jones (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up three unearned runs on three hits and a pair of walks in his three frames.

After Rockett's long ball put UTSA in front in the fifth, Welborn's run-scoring single in the next frame pushed the advantage to three.

However, Houston Baptist answered in the bottom of the inning with four runs to take the lead.

The Huskies then tacked on an insurance tally in the eighth and took a 5-3 edge into the ninth.

UTSA reclaimed the advantage after Rockett cleared the bases with a three-run double, but Houston Baptist sent the game into extra innings on Collin Hetzler's safety squeeze bunt. Hetzler went 4-for-4 to lead the Huskies at the plate.

Freshman starter Justin Anderson gave up a pair of runs on five hits, walked two and fanned three in five innings of work.

UTSA (2-2) will be back in action on Friday when it hosts New Mexico (1-2) in the opener of a four-game series at Roadrunner Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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