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Roadrunners finish off sweep of Houston Baptist on Sunday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 02/21/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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Sophomore Casey Selsor held Houston Baptist scoreless over the final five innings on Sunday.
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA fell into an early 2-0 hole, but the Roadrunners scored all their runs in the fifth through eighth innings and they finished off a season-opening two-game sweep of Houston Baptist with a 7-2 victory on Sunday at the Bird Bath.

After seeing the Huskies plate single runs in the first and fourth frames, the Birds (2-0) tied the contest on junior Ryan Hutson's two-run double with two down in the fifth and they then took the lead for good on freshman Jake Wood's run-scoring two-bagger one inning later.

UTSA tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on a Hutson sacrifice fly to left center and junior Brett Aguilar's three-run double with two out in the eighth put the game out of reach.

"I don't think we could have scripted a better start to the season," 10th-year head coach Sherman Corbett said after the game. "You always want to play well at home and we, as a staff, emphasized that to the team throughout the week and they obviously listened. Anytime you can win on your home turf, it sets a positive tone, but we know we have four more games against a quality opponent in Indiana State next weekend, so we need to continue to work hard in practice and improve."

Sophomore southpaw Casey Selsor (1-0) picked up the win in relief of junior starter Mike Pierce. Selsor held HBU scoreless on just three hits over the final five frames of the game and he also struck out a pair.

Pierce, meanwhile, went four panels in his debut, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out three.

Aguilar and Hutson both had a pair of hits and three RBIs and Wood added two safeties of his own to lead the Roadrunners on offense.

Stephen Nikonchik (0-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up a pair of tallies on four hits in 2.2 innings in relief of Huskies left-hander Jamie Storey. Houston Baptist's starter surrendered two marks on five hits and three walks, while fanning four in his 4.1 frames of work.

Paul Prestera went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI single to lead the Huskies (0-2) at the plate.

The 2-0 start is the first for the program in a dozen years and just the fourth in school history (1994, '95, '98 are the others).

UTSA returns to action on Friday night when it hosts Indiana State (3-0) in the opener of a four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. and junior left-hander Matt Crocker (1-0, 1.50 ERA) is expected to get the nod on the mound for the Birds.

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