Baseball Clipped by Roadrunners, 9-8

SAN ANTONIO, Texas Kansas State took an 8-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning but Texas-San Antonio mounted two late-inning rallies, capped by a three-run ninth inning, to defeat the Wildcats, 9-8, Wednesday afternoon at Wolff Stadium. With the loss, Kansas State dropped to 3-5 on the season, while UTSA improved to 8-2.

 

The Wildcats held on to an 8-6 lead heading into the ninth as All-American closer Daniel Edwards came in to try and nail down the win. But, a leadoff single by Ryan Hutson and a walk to James Keithley set the stage for Tim Palincsar, who delivered a 2-0 offering over the wall in right for a walk-off three-run homer.

 

The late-inning heroics made a winner out of UTSA pitcher Zach Calhoon (1-0), who tossed 3.0 no-hit innings with six strikeouts and five walks. Edwards (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season after surrendering the final three runs. K-State starter Brad Hutt went 6.0 strong innings in the no-decision after battling from a two-run first by the Roadrunners. Hutt gave up just the two runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking one.

 

The Roadrunners cut into the Cats’ 8-2 lead in the seventh to get back in the game as they scored four runs on four hits. Kansas State’s Mike Pierce came in to begin the inning and surrendered three hits and a walk before Scott Bachman was greeted with a two-out single by Trent Lockwood for the third and fourth runs of the inning.; but Lockwood was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw home to end the inning and keep the score at 8-6.

 

UTSA scored the games first two runs in the bottom of the first on four singles. Keithley led off with a single through the left side and then moved to third by way of a Palincsar single through the right side. Michael Rockett then followed with an infield hit to short, which scored Keithley and moved Palincsar to second. Lockwood followed with a lineout to leftfielder Byron Wiley, who threw out Palincsar at second. Rockett stole second base and then scored on a single by Jose Hernandez.

 

The Wildcats had the bases loaded in the top of the third following a hit-by-pitch and two walks, the second of which knocked UTSA starter Jason Walls out of the game. Reliever Mark Ruffin came in with two outs and threw a wild pitch on his very first delivery, which scored Tyler Ruch and advanced the other two Wildcat runners up 90 feet. Nate Tenbrink followed with a walk to load the bases again, but Byron Wiley grounded out to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded and the score at 2-1.

 

The Cats took the lead in the sixth inning as they scored seven runs on six hits, their biggest inning of the season. Tenbrink led the inning off with a walk and scored from first when Byron Wiley hit a rocket into left centerfield for a double. Wiley moved to third on an infield hit by Brett Scott and then scored on a Ruch RBI single up the middle, his first hit of the season. With runners on first and second with one out, Jordan Cruz crushed a two-run triple into the right field corner to push the Cats to a 6-2 lead.

 

The Cats weren’t done in the sixth as Bunker had an RBI single on the very next pitch to score Cruz, and then stole second base. Following a Bloxom walk, Tenbrink delivered with a double to right centerfield to score both Bunker and Bloxom.

 

Seven Wildcats recorded one hit each on the day, while Tenbrink and Cruz each drove in two runs to pace the offense.

Kansas State opens the home portion of its schedule this weekend as Le Moyne visits Manhattan for a four-game series beginning Friday. First pitch from Tointon Stadium is set for 3 p.m.


 

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