Roadrunners Snap Islanders' Streak, 13-6
Matt Holland went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, but UTSA scored seven runs with two outs in the fifth inning to post a 13-6 victory over the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team on Friday night. The loss snaps an eight-game winning streak for the Islanders.
Logan Nottebrok added a 2-for-4 day and mashed his first career longball, while Jeramie Marek scored a pair of runs in the loss. Ryan Hutson went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI for the Roadrunners, and Jason Mohn added his second bomb of the year.
Casey Selsor collected the win, tossing seven innings while surrendering 11 hits and six runs, five earned. Todd Simko fell to 5-3, as UTSA was able to put up 12 hits on the big lefty in 4 2/3. Roy Ferdin pitched 3 1/3 scoreless frames at the end of the game for the Islanders.
UTSA came out firing, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first on five hits off Simko. But the junior rebounded and got out of the inning on an 8-6-5 double play started by Sean Washington. In the second, though, the Roadrunners delivered another two runs. The first came home on a passed ball and the second on an RBI single by Hutson to make it 6-0.
In the fourth, the Islanders got on the board. Marek led off with a bunt single and Trey Hernandez followed by reaching on a walk. Two batters later, Holland ripped a ball through the right side to score Marek to make it 6-1 Roadrunners.
The Islanders added two more in the top of the fifth. Nottebrok led off the inning by crushing a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left center for his first career home run to trim the deficit to 6-2. After Chris Vergne reached on an error, Washington sacrificed him to second and Weston Montgomery followed with an infield single to put runners on the corners. Marek then delivered a sac fly to draw the visitors within three.
Simko battled back to get two outs in the fifth, but that's when UTSA was able to put its two-out rally together. A two-run homer by Mohn chased Simko from the game, and that opened the floodgates as the Roadrunners plated all seven runs with two outs to break open the game with a 13-3 lead after five.
Holland delivered a two-run homer to right center in the top of the sixth to make it 13-5, then Jacob Perales posted an RBI single in the top of the seventh for a 13-6 score. But that was as close as the Islanders would get, as the Roadrunners finished off the game with that as the final score.
The Islanders and Roadrunners will do battle next with a 2 p.m. Saturday start, and Sunday's finale will start off at 1 p.m. Live audio and statistics for both games will be available on GoIslanders.com.