The San Antonio Missions open their season on the road Tuesday against the Corpus Christi Hooks.
The Missions and Hooks will play a six-game series running through Sunday.
The Missions are the Double A farm club of the San Diego Padres. The Hooks are the Double A farm club of the Houston Astros.
Here is a link to a story with the Hooks’ preliminary roster: cchooks.com
Here is a link to the Missions’ preliminary roster on the team’s website: samissions.com
Rosters are preliminary, but at least give us some idea of who we have a chance to see this season. The Missions’ list includes two pitchers on the Padres’ 40-man roster:
The Hooks’ list includes three Astros top prospects:
Pedro León, utility
Hunter Brown, pitcher
Grae Kessinger, infielder
UTSA beat Rice 12-4 Sunday to split their four-game weekend series at Roadrunner Field.
Rice won the first two games on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. UTSA won the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader 12-6. The Roadrunners scored 24 runs in 14 innings over the last two games.
UTSA had 18 hits on Sunday with four extra-base hits including a home run by Chase Keng. Griffin Paxton and Jonathan Tapia had four hits each, Ian Bailey had three and Dylan Rock and Keng both had two hits.
UTSA starting pitcher Simon Miller (3-1) went five innings and got the win. The freshman right-hander from Canton, Texas, allowed one run on three hits and struck out three batters.
Arturo Guajardo was the first UTSA reliever, going 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out five. Daniel Garza finished the eighth inning. Luke Malone struck out two batters as he pitched the ninth inning.
The Roadrunners’ next Conference USA series is on the road next weekend against UAB. UTSA’s final conference home series is May 7-9 against Old Dominion.
UTSA jumped on Rice early in Saturday’s second game for a 12-6 victory and split of their Conference USA doubleheader at Roadrunner Field.
UTSA reliever Hunter Mason entered the second game in the third inning and dominated Rice the rest of the way. The senior from Boerne Champion held Rice scoreless over the final 4 2/3 innings to get the win. He allowed one hit with six strikeouts and one walk.
Rice’s first two pitchers struggled in a big way in UTSA’s victory. The Roadrunners scored five runs before recording their first hit. UTSA’s first six batters got on base on three walks and three hit-batters to score three runs. On what should have been the first out of the frame, UTSA scored two more runs on an error to go up 5-1.
UTSA led the rest of the way.
Roadrunners starting pitcher Kobe Jaramillo looked solid the first two innings before being pulled in the third. By avoiding the walks and hit batters that plagued Rice, Jaramillo left the game with UTSA leading by four runs.
Rice won the first game 5-4, rallying late after UTSA built a 4-2 lead.
UTSA and Rice wrap up the series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Roadrunner Field.
Luke Malone earned his first win of the season when he dominated in a start against UT Arlington.
The 6-foot-3 right-hander threw seven innings against UT Arlington on March 5 at Roadrunner Field, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Malone has pitched in 10 games this season, five starts and five in relief, and is second on the team in appearances. He has a 2-1 record and 5.70 ERA and leads the Roadrunners in innings pitched with 30.0.
Malone appeared in four games in the covid-shortened 2020 season, making one start. He earned all-district honors as a high school senior, when he had a 10-1 record and 1.81 ERA at Round Rock.
Leyton Barry has played second base and outfield for the UTSA this season and also saw action in the infield for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio in last summer’s Texas Collegiate League season.
This season for UTSA, Barry is batting .324 in 14 games with seven RBIs and one home run. In the covid-shortened 2020 season, Barry was second on UTSA in batting at .353 in 13 games with three home runs and 14 RBIs.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore from Houston throws right and bats left-handed.
Last summer with the Flying Chanclas, Barry batted .279 in 12 games with seven RBIs and one home run.
Kyle Bergeron has been playing for UTSA coach Pat Hallmark for a long time.
Bergeron was playing across town at University of the Incarnate Word when Hallmark was the coach there. Bergeron, now a graduate student, transferred to UTSA after Hallmark became the Roadrunners’ coach.
Bergeron is listed as a utility player and has been used mainly as a designated hitter this season. He is from Bridge City Texas.
The 6-foot-1 right-hander is batting .247 in 21 games with nine RBIs. Bergeron hit a home run in a March 10 home game against TCU. He is tied for third on the team in doubles with five.
Griffin Paxton leads UTSA in batting average, slugging and on-base percentage for players with more than 52 at-bats through 26 games.
The senior from West, Texas is batting .375, slugging .594 and has an on-base percentage of .487 and is one of only three Roadrunners to play in every game so far this season. He also has four home runs.
The 6-foot-2 first baseman had a hit and scored a run in all four games of last weekend’s series against Middle Tennesse, as UTSA won three out of four games.
UTSA second baseman Shea Gutierrez tags out a Middle Tennessee runner trying to steal second. Gutierrez had two hits, three RBIs, a walk and scored twice.
UTSA won three times in a four-game Conference USA series against Middle Tennessee, taking the final game 15-1 in seven innings on Sunday at Roadrunner Field.
The Roadrunners had 12 hits Sunday including home runs from Ian Bailey, Dylan Rock and Nick Thornquist. UTSA broke the game open with four runs in the fourth inning and eight runs in the fifth.
UTSA pitchers Pepper Jones, Luke Malone and Arturo Guajardo combined to hold Middle Tennessee to hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Malone (2-1) entered the game in the fourth inning and pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win.