OLD WESTBURY, New York - The University of Texas-Pan American baseball team lost both halves of their Great West Conference doubleheader on Saturday to the New York Institute of Technology at President's Field. The Broncs lost the opener 21-4 in seven innings and the second game 13-12 in 10 innings. With the two losses the Bears (16-27, 12-9 GWC) swept the weekend series and have run the Broncs (19-27, 8-16 GWC) losing streak to 10 consecutive games.
In game one the Broncs built a 2-1 lead after scoring both runs in the top half of the second inning. Catcher Mike McCarthy led off the inning with a double to right field. Three batters later he scored on a single by Ira Hernandez to tie the game at 1-1. Hernandez came in on the RBI hit by Adrian De La Rosa putting the Broncs on top 2-1.
In the third, the Bears put up seven runs on seven hits on Bronc starter Jonathan Delgado. The scoring was capped off by a two-run homer by NYIT's Sebastian Grazziani to make the score 8-2 Bears, a lead they would not relinquish.
NYIT added five more runs in the fourth inning. Steve McNamara and Grazziani each had two-run doubles in the frame as the Bears led 13-4.
In the fifth and sixth innings the Bears would score eight unanswered runs, including three homeruns, two by Effrey Valdez, to build their run total to 21.
Delgado (L, 2-4) took the loss for UTPA after allowing nine earned runs on 11 hits in his 3.1 innings of work. NYIT's Ryan Dillabough (W, 4-3) picked up the win as he gave up four unearned runs on eight hits for the seven inning complete game victory.
In the night-cap, the Broncs and Bears would need extra-innings to decide the victor.
The Broncs took a 2-0 lead after the first thanks to some timely two-out hitting. Ira Hernandez single, the third straight two-out hit by UTPA in the first, scored Mike McCarty to put the Broncs up 1-0. Brandon Roush was next up and singled to left to score Roger Bernal for the second run of the inning.
The Broncs added their third run on RBI single to center by Vinnie Mejia, scoring Tom Sicking from third, to make the score 3-0 UTPA.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bear bats would come unleashed, as they scored eight runs on seven hits to take an 8-3 advantage. Effrey Valdez capped off the inning with a grand slam homer, his third of the day and 13th of the season.
The Broncs responded with six runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-8 lead. Angel Ibanez hit his third homer of the season to round out the Bronc scoring in the frame.
After the Bears tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, the Boncs regained the lead with a run in the seventh. Rob Cafiero's two-run single capped off a three run eighth inning giving the Bears a 12-10 lead going into the ninth.
The Broncs avoided defeat in the ninth by rallying for a pair of runs, with the trying run scoring on Alex Carnall's RBI single. Stuart MacInnes struck out with the go-ahead run in scoring position.
Cafiero doubled to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning and later scored on a Leo Chang wild pitch to give NYIT the series sweep.
Chang (L, 0-2) took the defeat, allowing four runs in 2.1 innings of relief for the Broncs. Preston Wasmund (W, 2-7) picked up the relief victory for NYIT by pitching two scoreless innings and striking out three.
The Broncs will continue their season ending road swing on Tuesday when they face Southland conference for Stephen F. Austin in a doubleheader. The twinbill is scheduled for a noon CT first pitch.