Roadrunners rally past Lamar in wild Friday affair, 16-15
SAN ANTONIO — Senior Colby Braddock recorded four hits, including a walk-off single in the 10th inning, and UTSA rallied for a wild 16-15 victory against Lamar on Friday night at Roadrunner Field.
The Roadrunners (22-31, 11-20 SLC) erased a five-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth and tied the contest on a three-run homer by junior Ryan Dalton with two out.
Sophomore RJ Perucki reached on a two-out fielding error in the 10th and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Four pitches later, Braddock hit a chopper through the middle that brought Perucki in with the game-winning run.
Braddock's four hits, including two doubles, were a career high and the Cleburne native also scored three times and stole a base. Meanwhile, Dalton was 2-for-5 with his team-leading ninth home run and five RBIs.
Junior right-hander Justin Graham (1-0), the last of five UTSA pitchers, picked up the first win of his career after tossing two scoreless frames.
After the Roadrunners scored six runs in the second, the Cardinals (21-30, 13-19 SLC) rallied to score a combined seven times in the following two stanzas.
However, UTSA reclaimed the lead with a pair of tallies in the fifth before Lamar answered once again with two more in the following inning.
Sophomore John Welborn then put the Roadrunners back on top in the sixth with a two-run homer, but the Cardinals tied the game in the seventh before scoring four times in the eighth to take a 14-10 lead.
Darian Johnson led off the ninth with a triple and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Seth Dornak to give Lamar a five-run advantage heading into the Roadrunners' final at-bat.
UTSA's comeback started with back-to-back one-out singles by Perucki and Braddock. Following a wild pitch, the duo scored on Welborn's single to left. Sophomore Riley Good then produced a single and, after a strikeout, Dalton hammered a 2-2 fastball from right-hander Eric Harrington over wall in left.
Harrington (3-9) surrendered six runs (five earned) on seven hits in 3.2 panels of relief.
The Cardinals pounded out 22 hits, including four by Johnson, while Jude Vidrine was 2-for-6 with a home run and four RBIs.
The Roadrunners will conclude their season at 2 p.m. on Saturday.