Roadrunners triumphant in long-awaited season opener, 11-6
SAN ANTONIO — Senior Casey Selsor struck out seven and gave up just two runs over six innings to lead UTSA to an 11-6 victory against Louisiana-Monroe in the long-awaited season opener for both schools on Saturday night at Roadrunner Field.
Originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, the game was postponed twice due to heavy rain in the Alamo City, but Selsor made it worth the wait.
The southpaw scattered a half dozen hits in the quality start and received plenty of offensive support, as the Roadrunners battered six ULM pitchers for a total of 12 hits in the program's best offensive opening-day run total since scoring 12 in a loss at New Mexico on Feb. 14, 2004.
"I was really pleased with the way our guys played today," 12th-year head coach Sherman Corbett said after the triumph. "We got a good start from Selsor and, for the most part, played clean baseball."
Sophomore Riley Good paced the Roadrunners' offensive output with three hits. Meanwhile, sophomore Mike Warren was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and fellow soph RJ Perucki was 1-for-1 with three RBIs.
UTSA sprinted out of the gate in the first inning when sophomore leadoff hitter John Welborn tripled to right-center field and scored on a wild relay-throw from Warhawks first baseman Joey Rapp.
The Roadrunners added another tally in the second when Perucki laid down a safety-squeeze bunt, which allowed Warren to slide into the plate safely.
Two innings later, Louisiana-Monroe cut the lead in half when Judd Edwards hit a run-scoring double to left field.
However, the Birds answered in the bottom half of the panel. A throwing error by Jeremy Sy allowed freshman Horacio Correa III and Warren to cross the dish.
After the Warhawks picked up a run in the fifth, UTSA exploded for four tallies in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Perucki and Good both stroked two-run doubles in the frame.
ULM pulled to within three in the top of the seventh with an RBI double from pinch hitter Tyler Abdalla and a two-run single from Logan Fiasco.
The Roadrunners answered once again with a three-spot in the bottom of the frame, including a two-run single from junior Ryan Dalton.
The Warhawks closed out the scoring in the top of the ninth with an unearned run, but by then, it was too little, too late.
Louisiana-Monroe's 11-hit offensive attack was led by Rapp's 3-for-4 performance.
Randy Zeigler was saddled with the loss after surrendering six runs (four earned) on seven hits over five innings. He struck out seven.
The teams will wrap up the three-game series with an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Sunday.