Late heroics lift UTSA past Texas-Pan American, 7-3
EDINBURG — UTSA scored four runs in the ninth inning, including a three-run homer by senior Matthew James, and the Roadrunners posted a 7-3 come-from-behind victory at Texas-Pan American on Tuesday night.
UTSA (14-19) trailed by one heading in the eighth before James hit a lead-off double and later scored on junior Ryan Dalton's single through the left side of the infield.
A frame later, senior Casey Selsor brought home the go-ahead run with a triple to the right-center gap before James put the Birds in front by four with his fourth round-tripper of the season.
Junior Clint Sharp (2-5) allowed a run on one hit in four innings out of the bullpen. The San Antonio native fanned three and retired the final 10 batters he faced.
James was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs and he also scored a trio of runs. Meanwhile, Selsor, who was a home run away from the cycle, drove in a run and stole a base.
The Birds opened the scoring in the first inning with a single tally.
Selsor reached on an infield single and moved into scoring position after Michael Zouzalik's pickoff attempt got past first baseman Roger Bernal. Selsor then stole third base and scored on Dalton's base hit to center.
Texas-Pan American (16-7) took the lead a frame later when Adrian De La Rosa and Riley Goulding recorded back-to-back run-scoring singles.
UTSA tied the game after the Broncs committed three errors in the following stanza.
However, UTPA reclaimed a one-run lead in the fifth on Vincent Mejia's sacrifice fly.
The Roadrunners now have won eight of the last nine meetings between the two programs.
UTSA will open an eight-game home stand on Friday night against UT Arlington (21-12, 8-7 SLC). First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Bird Bath.