SAN ANTONIO — Southeastern Louisiana scored three unearned runs following two UTSA errors in the sixth and the Lions went on to claim Friday's opener of the three-game Southland Conference series, 5-2, at Roadrunner Field.
Senior left-hander Casey Selsor held Southeastern Louisiana (27-12, 12-7 SLC) scoreless through five panels before the decisive sixth.
Trailing 1-0, the Lions began their comeback when senior Matthew James was unable to handle Ben Hernandez's grounder to lead off the stanza. Two batters later, Hernandez moved to third on an infield single and scored on Brock Hebert's base hit up the middle. The Roadrunners (16-22, 6-13 SLC) then committed another miscue when sophomore RJ Perucki's throw to James was wide of second base, which allowed another runner to cross the plate. Southeastern Louisiana notched its third run of the inning when Selsor uncorked a wild pitch with two outs.
The Lions added a pair of insurance tallies a panel later thanks to RBI singles by Michael Rutland and Hebert.
Right-hander Andro Cutura allowed only one more run and two relievers kept UTSA off the board over the final two innings to secure the three-run victory.
Cutura (5-1) limited the Birds to two runs on four hits, while registering a pair of strikeouts in his seven innings of work. Meanwhile, Stefan Lopez earned his Southland-leading 13th save of the spring (No. 2 NCAA) after pitching a scoreless ninth.
The Roadrunners jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first when junior Ryan Dalton lined a solo home run over the left-field wall.
However, the Birds did not plate another run until the seventh when sophomore Mike Warren's sacrifice fly drove in freshman Justin Anderson, who tripled to lead off the panel.
Anderson finished the contest with two of UTSA's four hits.
Selsor (3-5) gave up all five runs (two earned) on eight hits and fanned six in 6.2 stanzas.
The series continues at 2 p.m. on Saturday.