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Roadrunners rally for wild 5-4 victory on Tuesday night against K-State

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 10/29/2009
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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Sophomore Ryan Rummel atoned for two errors with his game-winning, eighth-inning sacrifice fly on Tuesday night.
SAN ANTONIO Sophomore Ryan Rummel’s one-out sacrifice fly to center field brought home senior Zach Etheredge with the go-ahead run in the eighth and senior right-hander Bradley Chovanec fanned seven over the final 3.2 innings, as UTSA rallied for a 5-4 victory against Kansas State on Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium.

After sophomore Tim Palincsar tied the game at four with his run-scoring double in the seventh, Etheredge began the next frame with a double off the left field wall. Junior Aaron Powell moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt and Rummel followed by taking Trevor Hurley’s 2-0 offering to center to bring Etheredge home with the game-winner.

Chovanec (3-0) took care of the rest, as he retired the side in the ninth to close out the victory. The Burton native, who came on with one down in the sixth, allowed one run on three hits in his first relief appearance of the campaign. Coming back on just two days rest (he threw a 74-pitch shutout on Saturday), he struck out seven, walked his first batter of the year and ran his season strikeout-to-walk ratio to 19-to-1. He has a 0.98 ERA in 18.1 innings this season.

The Roadrunners, off to the second-best start in school history, improved to 7-2 with their fifth consecutive victory and they now have won seven times in their last eight contests. The Wildcats (3-4) saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

The game featured a pair of ties and two lead changes over the final four innings. The squads combined to commit nine errors on the night, four fewer than the total amount of hits (13) and they also left 21 runners on base, with the Kansas State stranding 14.

After K-State drew first blood with an unearned run in the fourth, the Roadrunners took their first lead of the game when senior Trent Lockwood launched a two-run homer, his first of the year, off Wildcats starter Chase Bayuk in the bottom half of the frame.

UTSA extended the advantage to 3-1 in the fifth on junior James Keithley’s two-out single to center, but the Wildcats tied it up with a pair of runs off right-hander Steven Vasquez one inning later.

K-State plated an insurance run on Rob Vaughn’s RBI single in the seventh before the Roadrunners began their rally.

Hurley (0-1) allowed UTSA’s final two runs (one earned) in relief of Bayuk, who fanned a career-high 10 over 5.2 innings of work, and was tagged with the loss.

Junior righty J.P Holton allowed just an unearned run on three hits over four innings in his first start as a Roadrunner.

Palincsar had two hits for UTSA and Vaughn paced the K-State offense by going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

The two-game set concludes at noon on Wednesday. Roadrunners freshman righty Jason Walls (0-0, 2.45, 3.2) will be opposed by Wildcats right-hander Brad Hutt (0-2, 2.57).

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