May 9, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO - Texas-San Antonio used an inside-the-park home run and a solid starting pitching performance to claim a 4-2 win over the Rice baseball team in the opener of a three-game Conference USA weekend road series Friday evening in San Antonio, Texas.
With two away, a runner on first and the score even at 2-2in the bottom of the seventh inning, UTSA freshman left fielder Logan Kinder lined pitch that the Owls made a dive for in the outfield. Rice was aggressive to get an end to the inning, but the ball rolled to the wall allowing both runs to score for a 4-2 advantage.
That was the final bit of breathing room the Roadrunners needed for starting pitcher Brock Hartson. The right-hander finished what he started to throw a complete game five-hitter. He allowed two runs while walking one and striking out eight. Hartson retired the last 12 Owls he faced and 20-of-22 during one stretch.
UTSA twice had early one-run leads, but Rice was able to come back and tie the game both times. In the second inning Mike Warren hustled for a double after his fly ball landed just inside the line in shallow right field. He went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jesse Baker and scored on Tony Ramirez ground out to the right side.
Rice responded quickly in the top of the third. Keenan Cook punched a leadoff base hit through the right side and moved into scoring position on Charlie Warren's sacrifice bunt. Cook scored easily on a hard double down the left field line by Shane Hoelscher to knot it back up 1-1.
The Roadrunners turned a leadoff double into a run in the bottom of the fifth, but Rice responded quickly. Junior catcher John Clay Reeves led off the top of the sixth by hitting the first pitch he saw for a towering home run to left. The shot was his fifth of the year to make it 2-2.
Rice sophomore right-hander Kevin McCanna started on the mound for Rice and worked 6.2 innings. He allowed the four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Trevor Teykl pitched the final two frames allowing just one hit with two strikeouts.
The Owls dropped to 32-16 on the season and 18-7 in C-USA league play. UTSA improved to 31-19 overall and 15-10 in conference. Rice is still atop the C-USA standings heading into Saturday's second game of the series (scheduled for a 2 pm start). The weekend set concludes on Sunday.