HUNTSVILLE – A two-run double in the top of the seventh inning by first baseman Brett Aguilar scored the winning runs as Texas-San Antonio defeated Sam Houston State 8-6 to complete a Southland Conference baseball series sweep Sunday at Don Sanders Stadium.
The Roadrunners (13-8, SLC 6-3) have swept their series with the Bearkats each of the past four years.
Casey Selsor (4-1) earned the victory in relief. Zach Calhoun picked up his third save for the Roadrunners. Sean Weatherford (2-2) was the losing pitcher in relief for Sam Houston.
Left fielder Aaron Powell led the Roadrunners at the plate, going 2-for-5 with three runs batted in.
In Friday and Saturday’s games, the Roadrunners outscored Sam Houston 16-2 in the first three innings. Again Sunday, they struck quickly as UTSA left fielder Aaron Powell’s two-run single with one out in the top of the first put UTSA up 2-0.
But, unlike the first two contests of the series, the Bearkats were able to slow the San Antonio express, shutting out UTSA the next three innings as starter Brent Powers struck out five Roadrunners. Sam Houston could find little offense, putting only three runners on base in the second through fourth innings.
UTSA took advantage of an error and a walk to put two more runs on the board in the fifth to go up 4-0.
Two Roadrunner errors with two outs in the fifth allowed Sam Houston on the board. Braeden Riley brought in one run with a single and Nick Zaleski picked up an RBI with a hard grounder to third base. Both runs were unearned.
Third baseman Ryan Mooney’s three-run home run off the scoreboard in left field put the Bearkats ahead for the first time in the series 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Shortstop Jon Reed singled and right fielder Tyler Lundy walked and scored on Mooney’s homer.
UTSA bounced back immediately scoring four runs in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Powell, a two-run double by Brett Aguilar and a sacrifice fly by Jason Mohn.