Recap by: John Sullivan, Rice Athletics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON -- UTSA broke a 1-1 deadlock with five runs in its final two innings to claim a 6-1 win over the visiting Rice baseball team in the second game of the weekend series Saturday afternoon in San Antonio.
The Roadrunners were first on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning, but Rice came right back with a run in the top of the fourth. Freshman Ford Proctor reached on an error to lead off the frame and advanced to second on a ground out. He scored with an elusive move at the plate on Dane Myers' RBI single to tie the contest, 1-1.
Rice had an excellent chance to break the game wide-open in the sixth, but ended-up stranding two in scoring position. The Owls were able to avoid trouble by working out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the same inning, but UTSA scored two runs on a walk and hit in the seventh to go up 3-1. The Roadrunners stretched the margin to 6-1 with a three-run eighth.
UTSA starter Aaron Burns pitched a complete game for his second victory of the season. Blake Fox started on the mound for the Owls and struck out six in 7.0 innings of work. The freshman duo of Ben Schragger and Zach Esquivel saw action for Rice in relief. On the offensive side Myers finished the day going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Proctor extended his hitting streak to 17-consecutive games.
The Owls are now 9-9 on the season while UTSA is 10-8. Both teams are 1-1 in conference as the Roadrunners have leveled the opening league series of the season. Rice rallied past UTSA in the opener on Friday, 9-4. The final game of the C-USA set is scheduled for Sunday (March 20) at 1 pm.