UTSA rallied from an eight-run deficit, then held on late to knock off the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team, 14-10, on Sunday at Roadrunner Field. Trey Hernandez, Matt Holland and Jumpy Garcia all hit homeruns in a losing effort for the Islanders (20-11, 6-6 Southland).
Hernandez and Garcia were among five players that bashed two hits for the visitors, while Weston Montgomery, Logan Nottebrok and Garcia each scored twice. The Roadrunners used a steady wind blowing out to hit four longballs of their own, two of them off the bat of Ryan Dalton. Jake Wood went 3-for-4 with four RBI, while Riley Good had three hits and three RBI of his own.
Cody Scott picked up the win in relief with 4 2/3 strong innings, while Brett Carnline was carded with the loss after allowing three runs in 2/3 of an inning out of the pen. Justin Meza allowed a season-high eight hits in 3 2/3 for a no-decision, though he was able to punch out six in the contest.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Montgomery led off with a walk and moved to second on a balk. After starter Blake Denman bounced back to retire the next two batters, Jacob Perales ripped a single to right center to plate Montgomery for the first run of the game.
In the second, the Islanders added to that, with Jeramie Marek hitting a leadoff double, and Garcia followed by ripping the first pitch he saw into the screen in left center for a two-run shot and a 3-0 lead for the visitors. The Islanders added two more hits to chase Denman from the game in favor of Michael Kraft, who came in to face Holland with runners at the corners. Holland got ahead 2-0, then obliterated the next pitch over the wall in center for a three-run homer to make it 6-0 Islanders.
The visitors tacked on an unearned run in the top of the third, as Kraft threw away a pickoff attempt to allow Chris Vergne to come home from third base for a 7-0 lead. On the other side, Meza tossed the first two innings perfect, but ran into trouble in the third. The Roadrunners loaded the bags with two outs in the frame, but the Moody grad bounced back by punching out Ryan Hutson to end the frame. Hernandez' eighth homer of the season then made it 8-0 Islanders in the top of the fourth.
But in the bottom of the fourth, the winds changed - literally. As the wind began to blow straight out to center, the Roadrunners became the first team this season to hit Meza with any consistency. UTSA amassed six hits and a walk off the freshman to plate six runs before Carnline was able to end the inning by punching out Dalton with the Islanders up just 8-6. The Roadrunners then tacked on another four runs in the bottom of the fifth to gain the lead, 10-8. A solo homer by Ryan Dalton made it 11-8 in the bottom of the sixth.
In the seventh, the Islanders finally reversed the momentum. Garcia got a two-out single to start the rally, and he was followed onto the bases when Nottebrok walked. Bobby Buckner then pinch-hit and ripped a triple off the wall in left center to plate both runners and trim the deficit to 11-10. But UTSA was able to take advantage of the wind in the bottom of the eighth, hitting a solo homer and a two-run shot to push it to 14-10 to result in the final score.
The Islanders are back in action on Tuesday night when they play host to No. 8 Texas on Tuesday night at Whataburger Field. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. as Texas A&M - Corpus Christi looks to make it a season sweep of the Longhorns. For tickets, contact the Corpus Christi Hooks ticket office at cchooks.com or by calling 561-HOOK.