UTSA salvages series finale at Central Arkansas, 10-2
CONWAY, Ark. — UTSA scored nine unanswered runs, including four in the sixth, and the Roadrunners upended Central Arkansas, 10-2, in Sunday's series finale at Bear Stadium.
Juniors Daniel Rockett and Ryan Dalton provided a 1-2 punch at the plate for the Roadrunners (19-25, 8-16 SLC), who avoided the weekend sweep by pounding out 15 hits.
Rockett was 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs and two RBIs, while Dalton tied a career-high with four hits, including a double.
Sophomore RJ Perucki also was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while freshman Justin Anderson helped his own cause with a pair of base hits, including a double, and two RBIs.
Anderson (3-2) held the Bears (18-22, 12-12 SLC) to two runs, while scattering nine hits and striking out three over eight innings of work. The 6-foot-3 right-hander tossed first-pitch strikes to 23 of the 35 batters he faced.
UCA struck first with a single tally in the second.
Blake Roberts started the panel with a one-out double to the gap in right center and he moved to third on Travis Snider's single into center field. Garrett Brown then followed with a deep sacrifice fly to center that allowed Roberts to cross the plate.
The Birds answered two frames later when Dalton singled through the left side of the infield with two down and scored on Anderson's two-bagger one batter later.
Brown put UCA back on bottom of the inning with a two-out home run to left field that glanced off the end of sophomore John Welborn's glove.
However, the Roadrunners answered again with a pair of marks in the fifth.
Rockett tied the contest up with a leadoff round-tripper to left center. Perucki then followed the long ball with a sharp single up the middle and was moved into scoring position by senior Colby Braddock's sacrifice bunt. Perucki stole third base and, on the next pitch, Welborn hit a chopper to shortstop that allowed Perucki to give UTSA the go-ahead run.
It was all Roadrunners the rest of the way, as the Birds scored four times in the sixth, twice in the seventh and once more in the ninth.
Ryan Angus (3-6) surrendered five runs on six hits and fanned three in 5.1 stanzas.
UTSA will conclude its four-game road trip with a stop at Houston (14-26-1) on Tuesday, May 1. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Cougar Field.