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Eleven-run first propels Roadrunners to easy victory against Nicholls on Friday night

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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA erupted for 11 runs in the opening inning and the Roadrunners cruised to a 14-1 triumph against Nicholls on Friday night. The contest was called after the top of the seventh due to the Southland Conference's run rule.

UTSA (20-26, 9-16 SLC) sent 16 batters to plate in the frame and collected nine hits, including two apiece by freshman Justin Anderson, junior Daniel Rockett and sophomore John Welborn, in the decisive panel. It was the Birds' biggest inning since plating 11 runs in the sixth at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on April 1, 2010.

Senior Casey Selsor (4-6) earned his first victory in his last nine starts. The 6-foot-3 left-hander limited the Colonels (22-23, 9-16 SLC) to one run while scattering nine hits and fanning four in his second complete-game effort of the spring.

Anderson and Welborn each posted three hits to lead UTSA's 15-hit attack. Rockett and Selsor both added a pair of knocks and drove in two, while senior Colby Braddock was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

The Roadrunners extended the lead to a dozen in the fifth on junior Ryan Dalton's RBI single that hit off Blake Bergeron's glove at third base.

Nicholls picked up its lone run in the following frame when Cody Dufrene's chopper to third brought home Michael LeGrange.

UTSA wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the panel with run-scoring doubles by Braddock and sophomore RJ Perucki.

Seth Webster (5-5) was touched up for nine runs on eight hits and a walk and he only recorded only two outs in the opening stanza.

The victory was the Birds' first on a Friday night since a 7-4 win against Kansas on March 2.

The series continues at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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