RUSTON, La. -- The University of Texas-Pan American baseball team snapped their six-game losing streak with a 10-8 victory over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Friday night at J.C. Love Field. The victory is the first road win of the season for the Broncs.
Jonathan Sa (2-0) held the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for the final five innings of the game earning his second win of the season while striking out five and walking two. Mike McCarthy provided the offense for the Broncs after going 3-for-4 with a home run and five runs batted in.
Louisiana Tech (10-12) got the scoring started in the bottom of the first. After one out in the inning, Kyle Roliard reached on an infield single to the shortstop and then moved to third base after Mark Threlkeld singled to left center. Alex Williams followed with a two-run double down the right field line allowing Roliard and Threlkeld to score giving the Bulldogs the early 2-0 lead. Joey Ford followed with a single that put runners on the corners for Clint Ewing who hit a sacrifice fly allowing Williams to score from third making it 3-0.
The Broncs (6-6) answered back in the top of the second inning against against Trevor Peterson. Vincent Mejia led off with a single to left field and then moved to second after Stuart MacInnes walked on four pitches. Mejia was thrown out trying to steal third which allowed MacInnes to move to second. Colten Van Komen then singled to left field putting runners at first and third. After a wild pitch moved Van Komen to second, Roger Bernal walked to load the bases. Mike McCarthy got the Broncs on the scoreboard with a two-run double that allowed MacInnes and Van Komen to score cutting Louisiana Tech’s lead to 3-2. Tom Sicking then hit an RBI double that allowed McCarthy to score from second tying the game 3-3.
Angel Ibanez got things started for the Broncs in the top of the third with a single to center and then stole second base. After Mejia walked, MacInnes put down a sacrafice bunt that put runners at second and third. Van Komen then followed with an RBI single to left field that allowed Ibanez to score. Bernal drove in Mejia from third with a sacrifice fly to left field that extended the Broncs lead to 5-2. McCarthy then hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, extending UTPA’s lead to 7-3.
The Bulldogs answered back in the bottom half of the third against Jonathan Delgado. Threlkeld led off with a single through the left side. Ewing followed with a two-out single to right field and then moved to second after Justin Gordey was walked to load the bases. Will Alvis then hit an RBI single to third base that allowed Threlkeld to score but a throwing error allowed Ewing to score from third making it 7-5 in favor of the Broncs.
Louisiana Tech regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Roliard walked after one out in the inning then moved to second on a wild pitch by reliever Doug Roth. After a walk to Threlkeld, Williams hit an RBI single to center field scoring Roliard from second. Ewing loaded the bases with a two-out walk. Gordey then singled to center off of Sa that allowed Threlkeld and Williams to score giving the Bulldogs the 8-7 advantage.
UTPA answered right back in the top of the fifth against Louisiana Tech pitching. MacInnes started the inning with a single then moved to third on a Van Komen single. Bernal then hit a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed MacInnes to score from third tying the game at eight. McCarthy then followed with an RBI single to left field allowing Van Komen to score giving the Broncs the 9-8 lead.
After Sa held the Bulldogs scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, the Broncs’ offense added to their lead in the top of the seventh. Mejia started the top of the seventh by reaching on a fielding error. MacInnes smashed a double to left center field moving Mejia third but a fielding error in the outfield allowed him to come in and score extending the Broncs’ lead to 10-8.
Sa kept Louisiana Tech off the scoreboard giving UTPA the 10-8 victory.
The Broncs and Bulldogs wrap up their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at J.C. Love Field with a double-header scheduled for 1:00 p.m.