SAN ANTONIO — UTSA returns to the friendly confines of Roadrunner Field on Tuesday night when it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a battle of former Southland Conference foes. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Roadrunners (18-13) are coming off back-to-back wins at Seattle last weekend. The Birds captured the two contests by scores of 8-1 and 8-4 before the series finale was cancelled due to rain.
UTSA received a pair of strong pitching performances to win its first Western Athletic Conference set.
Brock Hartson allowed just one run in seven innings of six-hit ball last Friday, while Jordan Pacheco improved to 7-1 after six innings of relief in which he yielded three runs on four hits.
Meanwhile, the Roadrunners' offense batted .303 with six extra-base hits (4 2B/2 HR) and scored 16 runs against the Redhawks.
Daniel Rockett leads the league's top offensive team with a .475 batting average, while RJ Perucki is hitting .380 and holds team highs with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 31 RBIs.
UTSA will send left-hander Nolan Trabanino (3-2, 3.78 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday night.
The Islanders (19-12) have won five consecutive contests, including a three-game sweep at Nicholls last weekend. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi outscored the Colonels, 17-3.
The Islanders, who are hitting .281 as a team, are led by Eric Weiss' .345 batting average. Jonathan Gonzales is the squad's top power threat with four homers and 28 RBIs.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which has limited its opponents to an average of 2.2 runs over the last five games, will send southpaw Adam Hoelscher (1-3, 5.45 ERA).
Tuesday marks the 48th meeting all-time between the two clubs with UTSA holding a 26-21 edge. The Roadrunners routed the Islanders in the only matchup this season, a decisive 19-4 victory on Feb. 20, in Corpus Christi. UTSA is 15-6 all-time against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in San Antonio and has won the last three meetings at Roadrunner Field.
UTSA Roadrunners (18-13)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (19-12)
6 p.m. · Tuesday, April 9
Roadrunner Field (800)
San Antonio, Texas
· Ticket info ·
Probable Starting Pitchers
UTSA: Nolan Trabanino, lhp (3-2, 3.78 ERA)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: Adam Hoelscher, lhp (1-3, 5.45 ERA)
UTSA leads, 26-21
UTSA 19, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4
(Feb. 20, 2013 · Corpus Christi, Texas)