SAN ANTONIO — UTSA scored six runs in the middle innings and pulled away for a 9-3 victory against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon at the Bird Bath.
The Roadrunners (17-22, 7-13 SLC) broke open a tie game with a three-run fourth, which was aided by a Lions error and balk with the bases loaded by reliever Jason Greenleaf.
Sophomore Michael Kraft (7-3) logged a quality start after limiting Southeastern Louisiana (27-13, 12-8 SLC) to three runs over 6.1 stanzas. He struck out five.
Junior Daniel Rockett paced UTSA at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance that included a double, triple and three RBIs. Meanwhile, senior Casey Selsor chipped in with three hits, including a two-bagger.
The Lions scored twice in the opening frame after getting run-scoring doubles from Brock Hebert and Cody Gougler.
However, the Birds pulled even in the bottom half of the panel when Rockett plated Selsor and junior Ryan Dalton with a triple to left.
Two innings later, both teams struck again for single tallies.
UTSA broke the tie in the fourth on sophomore RJ Perucki's single to left center. Freshman John Bormann then drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases, which chased SLU starting pitcher Jordan Hymel from the contest. Greenleaf then was called for a balk before throwing a pitch, which pushed sophomore John Welborn across the plate. The Birds scored once again when Selsor followed with an RBI groundout.
The Roadrunners capitalized on the momentum with two more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to put the contest out of reach.
Junior right-hander Clint Sharp took over for Kraft with one out in the seventh and did not surrender a run the rest of the way.
Hymel (5-3) gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits and three walks.
The rubber game of the series will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday.