UTSA Uses Two-Out Magic Again in 8-2 Victory

SAN ANTONIO - Trey Hernandez

hit his seventh home run of the season, but UTSA scored all eight of its runs with two outs to knock off the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team 8-2 on Saturday at Roadrunner Field. Matthew James hit a grand slam in the victory for UTSA.

Weston Montgomery and Logan Nottebrok each had a pair of hits for the Islanders, while Jeramie Marek got on base twice and scored a run. Ryan Dalton, Daniel Rockett and James each scored twice in the win for the Roadrunners.

Taylor Walton pitched a strong game for UTSA to improve to 4-3 on the year. The righty went seven innings, scattering six hits and two walks while punching out two. Ian Campbell went 5 2/3 in collecting the loss, surrendering five hits and three walks to go along with four punchouts. Roland Botello struck out the side in pitching a scoreless frame for the Islanders.

Early on, the game was an impressive pitcher's duel, as neither team was able to plate a run in the first four innings. Each team managed three hits, but in every case, Campbell or Walton managed to work their way out of damage. Each hurler punched out two through the first four frames.

The Roadrunners were the first to crack the scoreboard, putting a run across in the bottom of the fifth. Mike James led off with a walk, but Campbell bounced back to get the next two hitters to put a runner on first with two out. Riley Good followed and snuck a grounder just inside the first base bag and into the right-field corner. James ran through a stop sign at third, but the throw was just up the third-base line and James scored for a 1-0 Roadrunner lead.

In the sixth, it was the same script for UTSA. The first two hitters walked, then Ryan Dalton beat the throw to second on a fielder's choice to load the bases with nobody out. Again, Campbell was able to battle back and get two outs, but pinch-hitter Casey Selsor ripped a single to center to plate a pair of runs for a 3-0 advantage. Adam Hoelscher came on in relief, but surrendered a single up the middle to plate the fourth UTSA tally.

The Islanders responded with a Santiago Ruiz sac fly in the top of the seventh, but the Roadrunners brought the two-out magic once again in the bottom. Hoelscher got the first two batters, but back-to-back singles and an error loaded the bags for James. The second baseman turned on an inside pitch and hit it into the screen for a grand slam to make it 8-1 in favor of the home team.

Hernandez' seventh homer of the season to lead off the top of the eighth trimmed the deficit to 8-2, but Kevin Clarke bounced back from that and shut down the Islanders from there on to finish off the victory. Clarke punched out three in his two innings of work.

The Islanders and Roadrunners will conclude their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Roadrunner Field. Live audio and statistics for the game will be available on GoIslanders.com.