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McVaney walk-off single sinks Roadrunners, 4-3

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SAN ANTONIO — Jeff McVaney lined a walk-off single with one out in the ninth and Texas State picked up a 4-3 victory against UTSA on Saturday evening at Bobcat Ballpark.

Ben McElroy opened the decisive frame with a lead-off infield single off freshman reliever Logan Onda. Sophomore Matt Sims then was called into fromt the Roadrunners bullpen and McElroy was replaced by pinch runner Cody Lovejoy, who was moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Sibley. After Morgan Mickan drew a walk, McVaney stepped to the plate and stroked a 3-1 fastball into left field brought Lovejoy home from second with the winning run.

McVaney finished the contest 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Bobcats, who improved to 29-19 overall and 17-12 in Southland Conference play.

Meanwhile, Louis Head (2-1), who gave up the tying run in the eighth inning, picked up the win after tossing the final 1.2 stanzas. Colton Turner received a no-decision despite limiting the Roadrunners (20-29, 9-19 SLC) to two marks (one earned) over 7.1 innings to go along with seven strikeouts.

The Bobcats picked up a pair of runs in the opening inning off UTSA freshman starting pitcher Jordan Pacheco.

After the first two batters grounded out, McVaney drew a walk and then stole second. Casey Kalenkosky followed with a single through the right side of the infield that drove in McVaney. Colby Targun then reached on an infield single and both runners moved up on an errant throw by sophomore shortstop RJ Perucki. Pacheco then uncorked a wild pitch that plated Kalenkosky.

The Birds cut the deficit in half a frame later when senior Jason Mohn brought home junior Daniel Rockett with a double to right.

Mohn helped the Roadrunners tie the game in the third when he produced a run-scoring single with one out.

However, Texas State reclaimed the advantage two stanzas later.

Pacheco walked the bases loaded and a McVaney fielder's choice brought Garrett Mattlage across the dish for the go-ahead run.

UTSA tied the contest again in the eighth.

Rockett started started the rally a one-out single and promptly stole second base. Mohn followed with a single that moved Rockett to third. Senior pinch hitter Matthew James then drew a walk and junior Rodney Garza hit a grounder that was mishandled by Mattlage at shortstop, which allowed Rockett to score.

Mohn led the Birds with a 3-for-4 performance, which included a double and two RBIs, and Rockett also collected three knocks.

Onda (0-3) gave up a run on three hits in three stanzas out of the bullpen, while Pacheco allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks in his first career conference start.

The series concludes at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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