SAN ANTONIO — The Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners scored seven consecutive runs to overcome a 5-1 deficit and hand the University of Central Arkansas Bears an 8-7 loss on Friday night at Roadrunner Field.
The loss eliminated the Bears (23-29, 12-20) from a berth in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament. The Roadrunners improved to 26-29 overall and 16-16 in league play.
The Bears spotted the Roadrunners a 1-0 lead in the first inning, then scored two runs in the second and three more in the third. In the second, Travis Snider, who went 3-for-5, doubled and went to third on a groundout. Matt Bauer and Jonathan Davis followed with RBI singles for a 2-1 lead.
Jonathan Houston led off the third inning by reaching on an error and Blake Roberts walked. Snider’s single loaded the bases for senior Michael Pair, who hit a two-run single to left field. Later in the inning, senior Zack Dickson’ singled in another run for a 5-1 advantage.
UTSA got three runs back in the bottom of the third, and added three more in the sixth and a single run in the seventh. The biggest blow was a three-run home run by Tyler Carpenter.
UCA scored twice in the eighth inning as senior Kyle Prevett brought one in with a single through the right side of the infield. Jake Fuller then doubled to left center to score pinch runner Logan Moon but Prevett was thrown out at home for what would have been the tying run.
UCA had 13 hits, with Pair, Bauer and Dickson collecting two each. UTSA pounded out 16 hits against five UCA pitchers. Junior Andy Steinmetz (1-4) took the loss with 2 2/3 innings of relief. Blake Denman (2-2) came out of the UTSA bullpen with five innings of relief for the victory.
Game 3 of the series is set for 2 p.m. today.