Kraft, Sims blank Texas State on two hits, 4-0
SAN MARCOS — Sophomores Michael Kraft and Matt Sims combined on a two-hit shutout and UTSA knocked off Texas State, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at Bobcat Ballpark.
The victory marked the Roadrunners' first over the Bobcats since May 1, 2009, and snapped a 10-game losing streak in the I-35 rivalry series.
Kraft (8-5) hurled 5.2 hitless frames before surrendering a two-out double to Jeff McVaney in the sixth. The left-hander, who allowed the first two batters to reach base in the eighth, limited Texas State (29-20, 17-13 SLC) to just a pair of hits in seven-plus innings of work.
Meanwhile, Sims, who entered with runners on second and third and nobody out in the eighth, retired all six hitters he faced to pick up his seventh save of the season.
Sophomore John Welborn led UTSA (21-29, 10-19 SLC) at the plate with two hits, including a double, and an RBI.
The Roadrunners struck first with a pair of unearned runs after taking advantage of three Texas State errors in the first.
After sophomore Mike Warren and senior Casey Selsor reached base, they were moved up 90 feet following an errant pickoff attempt by Bobcats starting pitcher Kyle Finnegan. Junior Ryan Dalton then hit a chopper that was mishandled by third baseman Nick Smelser and that allowed both Warren and Selsor to score.
UTSA kept the Bobcats off the scoreboard with an unconventional double play in the third.
With one out and runners at second and third, Morgan Mickan hit a grounder back at Kraft, who threw him out at first. Warren then tried to throw out Ben McElroy, who was caught between second and third, but sophomore shortstop RJ Perucki was forced to throw to the plate and senior catcher Colby Braddock applied the tag to Garrett Mattlage to end the panel.
The Birds tacked on another tally two frames later.
Freshman Horacio Correa III started the inning with a two-out single into right field. Braddock then was hit by a Finnegan pitch and Welborn lined a two-bagger into right that plated Correa III.
UTSA manufactured its final run in the eighth.
Welborn, who reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a throw, stole third base with one out. Warren then drew a walk and Selsor followed with a sacrifice fly to center that pushed Welborn across the plate.
In the bottom of the inning, Kraft walked the leadoff batter and Mickan slapped a double to right field and head coach Sherman Corbett called Sims in from the bullpen.
Finnegan (5-6) gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits.
UTSA recorded its first shutout since April 7 when it blanked McNeese State, 3-0.
The Roadrunners will conclude its four-game road trip on Tuesday, May 15, at No. 2 Baylor (39-10). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.