SAN MARCOS — Texas State scored eight unanswered runs in the final six frames after falling behind 3-0 in the first and the Bobcats knocked off UTSA, 8-3, on Friday night at Bobcat Ballpark.
After the Roadrunners (20-28, 9-18 SLC) scored three times to open the contest, Texas State (28-19, 16-12 SLC) kept UTSA off the board the rest of the way to claim the opening game of the I-35 rivalry series.
Travis Ballew (10-3), who allowed just two hits after the first, scattered six knocks overall and fanned a dozen batters in his seven innings of work.
Senior Casey Selsor started the scoring with an RBI double to left center and sophomore Mike Warren followed with a run-scoring single and junior Daniel Rockett drove him home with a triple to center.
The two clubs played two scoreless panels before the Bobcats took the lead for good with a five-run outburst in the fourth.
Texas State registered four hits, including Ben McElroy's two-run double, in the decisive stanza.
The Bobcats went on to add three insurance runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Selsor (4-7) gave up five runs on five hits and walked six in 3.2 frames.
The set originally was scheduled to continue on Saturday in San Antonio, but due to unplayable field conditions at the Bird Bath, all the remianing games will be played in San Marcos. The series will continue at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday's finale is slated for 1 p.m.