Second baseman Ryan Hutson and designated hitter Jose Hernandez each hit home runs to lead Texas-San Antonio to a 10-6 victory over Sam Houston State in a Southland Conference baseball game at Don Sanders Stadium Saturday.
Right fielder Tyler Carpenter led the Roadrunners at the plate going 3-for-5 as UTSA totaled 14 hits.
The Roadrunners will go for a sweep Sunday at 2 p.m. when the pair wrap up the three-game weekend series. UTSA (12-8, SLC 5-3) won Friday’s opener 12-0. Sam Houston (14-7 SLC 5-3) will be trying to prevent a fourth consecutive series sweep by the Roadrunners who have not lost a regular season game to the Kats since 2005.
Huntsville product Kevin Clarke (1-1) got the victory in relief. Dallas Gallant (1-3) was the loser as the Bearkats’ starter.
UTSA scored in each of the first five innings. Tyler Carpenter was hit by a pitch and Marshall Davis walked to start the first inning. Michael Rockett singled in Carpenter and Davis scored on a ground out by Aaron Powell.
Braeden Riley led off the bottom of the first with a single then scored on a base hit by Seth Hammock to cut the Roadrunner lead to 2-1.
UTSA added three more runs in the second inning on a two-run single by Davis and
Davis brought in two runs with a single and Carpenter singled and scored on a wild pitch for the third run as the Roadrunners went up 5-1.
Ryan Hutson hit a two-run home run over the left field fence and Lance Brown hit a run-scoring double to give UTSA an 8-1 lead in the top of the third.
Sam Houston bounced back for a run in the bottom of the third inning as Braeden Riley walked, then scored on a single by Nick Zaleski.
Jose Hernandez blasted a solo home run over the left field fence as UTSA extended its lead to 9-2 in the fourth inning.
Tyler Lundy singled and Ryan Mooney doubled with one out in the fourth inning to start a Bearkat rally. Lundy scored on a hard hit ball to shortstop by Justin Keithley and Mooney tallied on a single by Riley to make the score 9-4.
Brown and Carpenter each doubled in the fifth inning to put the Roadrunners in double digits 10-4.
Zaleski scored Jon Reed with another RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Reed added an RBI single in the eighth.
Riley, Reed, Zaleski and Lundy each had two hits to lead Sam Houston at the plate.