EDINBURG -- The University of Texas Pan-American baseball team took advantage of three errors to defeat the Centenary College Gents 5-4 in 11 innings Friday night at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.
Centenary College got on the scoreboard in the top of the first against Cody Plunk. After a walk and an error that put two runners on, Jeff Schaffert hit a three-run home run to give the Gents the early 3-0 lead.
The Broncs responded in the bottom of the first against Ryan Maldonado, who was making his first start of the season. Tom Sicking led off with a single and then moved to third on a throwing error by Maldonado. Roger Bernal followed with an RBI single to center field scoring Sicking from third. After a Stuart MacInnes was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Mike McCarthy drove in a run with a bases loaded walk cutting the Gents lead to 3-2.
In the bottom of the second, Sicking reached on a fielding error and then stole second base. With two outs, Ibanez hit an RBI single to center allowing Sicking to score from second tying the game at three.
The Gents regained the lead in the top of the seventh when Derrick Hernandez came into score on a sacrifice bunt by R.J. Talamantes giving Centenary College the 4-3 advantage.
The Broncs responded in the next half inning. Adrian De La Rosa led off the bottom of the seventh with a single then moved to second after a sacrifice bunt by Sicking. After a walk to Bernal, Ibanez hit an RBI single to center that allowed De La Rosa to score tying the game at four.
UTPA got some help from the Gents defense in the bottom of the 11th. MacInnes led off the inning with a double and then one out and an intentional walk later, he came into score on a fielding error to give the Broncs the 5-4 victory.
Plunk pitched a strong seven innings and allowing three runs, two earned, and striking out four but it was AJ Franco who picked up the win after he pitched three and two third innings of scoreless baseball.
The Broncs and the Gents will wrap up their three-game series Saturday afternoon with a double-header at Edinburg Baseball Stadium. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and second game will start 30 minutes after the completion of game one.