SAN ANTONIO — Junior Ryan Dalton had a career day at the plate with four hits, including a three-run home run, to lead UTSA to 13-3 rout over Northwestern State in Southland Conference action Sunday afternoon at Roadrunner Field. The game was callled in the eighth due to the league's run rule.
Dalton was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and scored three runs to lead the Roadrunners' 16-hit attack. The Sugar Land native finished the three-game set with a .750 batting average (9-for-12) with three homers, seven RBIs and five runs scored.
Meanwhile, senior Matthew James was 2-for-4 with a season-high five RBIs.
UTSA (10-10, 2-4 SLC) also received a quality start from sophomore Michael Kraft (3-2), who held the Demons (7-12, 4-2 SLC) to three runs (two earned) on seven hits over seven innings.
Kraft had plenty of run support from the start.
The Roadrunners sent all nine batters to the plate in the first inning and scored four runs, including a bases-clearing double by James.
After Northwestern State picked up single tallies in both the second and third frames, James again delivered with an RBI double in the third.
The Demons scratched across their final run in the fourth when Todd Wallace singled through the left side to score Colin Bear, who reach on a one-out single.
However, UTSA answered with a four-spot in the bottom half of the panel.
Sophomore Riley Good led off the inning with his second homer of the season and the Birds then received a run-scoring double from senior Casey Selsor, a sacrifice fly from James and an RBI single from freshman Justin Anderson.
The Roadrunners continued their offensive onslaught in the following frame.
Sophomore John Welborn was hit by a pitch with two out and junior Daniel Rockett followed with a single. Dalton then belted his fifth homer of the spring (32nd of career) to give the Birds a 12-3 lead.
Three innings later, UTSA finished off the contest after Welborn's double to the right-center gap brought home sophomore RJ Perucki, who reached on a one-out single.
Jacob Williford (0-1) allowed nine runs on eight hits and walked three in 3.1 innings for the Demons.
The Roadrunners will take on No. 5 Rice (15-4) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Reckling Field in Houston.