Naquin home run rallies No. 4 Texas A&M past UTSA, 4-3
COLLEGE STATION — Tyler Naquin hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning before lightning and rain overtook Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park and No. 4 Texas A&M escaped with a 4-3 victory against UTSA on Tuesday night.
The Roadrunners (11-18) took a 3-2 lead in the top of the deciding frame after freshman John Bormann scored from third on a throwing error by Jacob House.
However, the Aggies (23-6) received the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the inning.
Mikey Reynolds dumped a single into center to lead off the panel. Krey Bratsen attempted to move Reynolds to second with a sacrifice bunt, but he struck out. Reynolds then stole second and advanced to third after junior right-hander Garrett Staudt was called for a balk. Two pitches later, Naquin hit his second round-tripper of the year to right.
After a one-hour, 35-minute delay, the umpires called the contest.
Parker Ray (1-0) worked a scoreless inning of relief to pick up the win.
Naquin finished the contest 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
The Aggies started the scoring in the opening stanza.
Freshman right-handed starter Jordan Pacheco walked Reynolds and he promptly stole second and third base. Naquin then pushed Reynolds across the plate with a ground out.
Texas A&M added its second run in the third when Bratsen produced a run-scoring double to left.
The Birds got on the scoreboard an inning later.
Senior Matthew James singled to lead off the stanza and he later scored on freshman Justin Anderson's infield single.
UTSA tied the contest in the sixth when James scored on senior Casey Selsor's ground out.
Staudt (0-2) allowed two hits and two runs in one-third of an inning.
The Roadrunners will continue their road trip on Thursday when they return to Southland Conference play at McNeese State (11-15, 7-5 SLC). First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.