Sammy Diaz home run lifts UTSA over Western Kentucky

Sammy Diaz (44) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give UTSA the go-ahead run.UTSA beat Western Kentucky 3-2 in Conference USA baseball on Friday, March 31, 2023, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Sammy Diaz (44) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give UTSA the go-ahead run on Friday, March 31, 2023, at Roadrunner Field.
Sammy Diaz hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give UTSA the go-ahead run in a 3-2 victory over Western Kentucky on Friday at Roadrunner Field.

The three-game Conference USA series continues Saturday and Sunday.

UTSA took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first inning on a sac fly by Antonio Valdez and second inning on an RBI double by Matt King. Western Kentucky tied it at 2-2 with two runs in the top of the fourth.

Diaz broke the tie when his homer cleare d the 405-foot mark on the batter’s eye in center field.

Roadrunners starting pitcher Luke Malone got the win to raise his record to 3-2. He went 7.0 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

Simon Miller pitched the last two scoreless innings to pick up his third save

UTSA is 21-6 on the season and 6-1 in conference.

Sammy Diaz (44) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give UTSA the go-ahead run. UTSA beat Western Kentucky 3-2 in Conference USA baseball on Friday, March 31, 2023, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Sammy Diaz watches his home run sail out over center field.
Sammy Diaz (44) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give UTSA the go-ahead run. UTSA beat Western Kentucky 3-2 in Conference USA baseball on Friday, March 31, 2023, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Sammy Diaz circles the bases after hitting his fourth-inning home run.
Sammy Diaz (44) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give UTSA the go-ahead run. UTSA beat Western Kentucky 3-2 in Conference USA baseball on Friday, March 31, 2023, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Sammy Diaz celebrates at home plate after hitting his fourth-inning home run.
Sammy Diaz (44) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give UTSA the go-ahead run. UTSA beat Western Kentucky 3-2 in Conference USA baseball on Friday, March 31, 2023, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Sammy Diaz does the BOOM celebration with UTSA teammates after hitting his fourth-inning home run.

2023 San Antonio Missions break camp roster

Henry Henry pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless innings of relief for the San Antonio Missions on Sunday night at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Henry Henry pitching for the San Antonio Missions during the 2021 season at at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander

Updated March 28, 2023

PITCHERS (16)

Player B-T HT WT AGE DOB Birthplace Acquired 2022 club(s)

Lake Bachar R-R 6-2 219 27 6-3-95 Winfield, Illinois 2016 MLB Draft – 5th Round San Antonio

Edwuin Bencomo R-R 6-2 205 23 4-14-99 Rio Chico, Venezuela Signed as a free agent – 2016 San Antonio/Fort Wayne

Efrain Contreras R-R 5-10 225 23 1-2-00 Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Signed as a free agent – 2022 Fort Wayne

Jose Espada R-R 6-0 170 26 2-22-97 Ponce, Puerto Rico Signed as a free agent – 2022 Fort Wayne

Brian Gonzalez R-L 6-3 230 27 10-25-95 Miramar, Florida Signed as a free agent – 2022 Harrisburg

Henry Henry R-R 6-4 215 24 12-17-98 San Cristobal, Dominican Republic Signed as a free agent – 2015 San Antonio

Nick Hernandez R-R 6-1 212 28 12-30-94 Missouri City, Texas Signed as a free agent – 2023 Sugar Land/Corpus Christi

Jared Koenig R-L 6-5 235 29 1-24-94 Aptos, California Signed as a free agent – 2023 OAKLAND/Las Vegas

Kevin Kopps R-R 6-0 200 26 3-2-97 Houston, Texas 2021 MLB Draft – 3rd Round

Justin Lopez S-R 6-2 195 22 5-9-00 Bobare, Venezuela Signed as a free agent – 2016 Lake Elsinore/ACL Padres

Seth Mayberry R-R 6-3 195 22 6-22-00 Petersburg, Virgina 2018 MLB Draft – 39th Round San Antonio/Fort Wayne

CD Pelham R-L 6-6 238 28 2-21-95 Lancaster, South Carolina Signed as a free agent – 2023 Iowa/Tennessee

Jose Quezada R-R 5-9 165 27 9-7-95 Chihuahua, Mexico 2018 MLB Draft – 10th Round El Paso/San Antonio

Duncan Snider R-R 6-7 235 25 10-10-97 Muscatine, Iowa Signed as a free agent – 2022 Lake Elsinore

Nolan Watson R-R 6-2 195 26 1-25-97 Indianapolis, Indiana Signed as a free agent – 2022 San Antonio

Jackson Wolf L-L 6-7 205 23 4-22-99 Gahanna, Ohio 2021 MLB Draft – 4th Round San Antonio/Fort Wayne

CATCHERS

Michael De La Cruz S-R 5-9 190 29 5-15-93 Tamboril, Dominican Republic Signed as a free agent – 2023 Toledo/Erie/GCL Tigers

Juan Fernandez R-R 5-11 205 24 3-7-99 Valencia, Venezuela Signed as a free agent – 2016 El Paso/San Antonio

Adam Kerner R-R 5-10 180 24 7-31-98 Tarzana, California Signed as a free agent – 2020 El Paso/Fort Wayne

Chandler Seagle R-R 6-0 190 26 5-23-96 New Bern, North Carolina 2017 MLB Draft – 30th Round San Antonio

INFIELDERS

Luis Aviles Jr.$ R-R 6-2 210 28 3-16-95 Miami, Florida Signed as a free agent – 2023 Jacksonville/Pensacola

Brantley Bell R-R 6-2 185 28 11-16-94 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Signed as a free agent – 2022 Staten Island/Tri-City

Pedro Castellanos R-R 6-3 244 25 12-11-97 Carora, Venezuela Signed as a free agent – 2023 Worcester/Portland CAS-tee-Yahn-ohs

Connor Hollis R-R 5-10 170 28 11-18-94 Arlington, Texas Signed as a free agent – 2022 El Paso/San Antonio

Evan Mendoza R-R 6-0 205 26 6-28-96 Sarasota, Florida Claimed off Waivers – 2022 Memphis

OUTFIELDERS

Korry Howell R-R 6-1 180 24 9-1-98 Chicago, Illinois Via Trade with MIL – 2022 San Antonio

Daniel Johnson L-L 5-9 200 27 7-11-95 Vallejo, California Signed as a free agent – 2023 ROC/SYR/COL/HBG/SLU/NAT

Jorge Ona R-R 6-0 235 26 12-31-96 Havana, Cuba Signed as a free agent – 2016 San Antonio OWN-yuh

Tirso Ornelas L-R 6-3 200 23 3-11-00 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Signed as a free agent – 2017 El Paso/San Antonio

Ripken Reyes S-R 5-10 185 25 4-1-97 Bremerton, Washington 2019 MLB Draft – 30th Round San Antonio/Fort Wayne

STAFF

Manager – 30 Luke Montz
Pitching Coach – 20 Jeff Andrews
Hitting Coach Р44 Pat O’Sullivan
Bench Coach – Felipe Blanco
Athletic Trainer – David Bryan

SYMBOL KEY

* = Injured List
^ = ML Rehab
$ = 40 Man Roster
% = Development List
+ = Temporarily Inactive
! = Covid List

UTSA guard Deborah Nwakamma – photo gallery

Deborah Nwakamma of UTSA women's basketball playing against Florida International on Feb. 25, 2023, at the Convocation Center. - photo by Joe Alexander
Deborah Nwakamma playing against Florida International on Feb. 25, 2023, at the Convocation Center.
Deborah Nwakamma of the UTSA women’s basketball team is a 5-foot-8 senior guard from Nigeria.

Nwakamma played in 25 of UTSA’s 32 games this season and made five starts, averaging 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game. She scored a season-high 16 points against Abilene Christian on Nov. 20, 2022, at the Convocation Center.

UTSA guard Queen Ulabo – photo gallery

Queen Ulabo playing for UTSA women's basketball against North Texas on Jan. 26, 2023, at the Convocation Center. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Queen Ulabo against North Texas on Jan. 26, 2023, at the Convocation Center.
Queen Ulabo is a 5-foot-10 senior from Nigeria.

Ulabo played in 29 of UTSA’s 32 games this season and started 11. She averaged 3.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game.

Her junior year, she played in all 28 games, made 24 starts and averaged 6.4 points and 5.7 rebounds.

UTSA sophomore Lamin Sabally – photo gallery

Lamin Sabally of UTSA men's basketball playing against Louisiana Tech on Jan. 28, 2023, at the Convocation Center. - photo by Joe Alexander
Lamin Sabally playing against Louisiana Tech at the Convocation Center.
Lamin Sabally played in 21 of UTSA men’s basketball’s 32 games this season and made six starts.

The 6-foot-8 sophomore from Berlin averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game. He recorded season highs of eight points at Middle Tennessee on Feb. 4 and eight rebounds against Trinity on Nov. 7.

UTSA guard-forward Aleu Aleu – photo gallery

Aleu Aleu playing for UTSA men's basketball against Grambling on Nov. 25, 2022, at the Convocation Center. - photo by Joe Alexander
Aleu Aleu playing against Grambling on Nov. 25, 2022, at the Convocation Center.
Aleu Aleu averaged 2.6 points in 11.7 minutes per game this season for the UTSA men’s basketball game.

The 6-foot-9 guard/forward recorded a season-high nine points on Jan. 16 against Rice at the Convocation Center and nine rebounds on Nov. 17 against Texas State at the Convo. He played in 23 of 32 UTSA games this season and made six starts.

This was his second season at UTSA. He played in high school in Austin and was at Temple Community College before joining the Roadrunners.

UTSA center Massal Diouf – photo gallery

Massal Diouf of UTSA men's basketball playing against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 5, 2023, at the Convocation Center. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Massal Diouf playing against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 5, 2023, at the Convocation Center.
Massal Diouf played in 27 of UTSA’s 32 games this season and made 21 starts.

The 6-foot-9 freshman center from the Netherlands had season highs of seven points against Florida International on Feb. 23 and seven rebounds against UAB on Dec. 31.

UTSA baseball powers past Utah

UTSA's Antonio Valdez hit his 2nd and 3rd home runs of the season and drove in 5 runs in the Roadrunners' 14-3 victory over Utah on Sunday, March 5, 2023. - Photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Antonio Valdez hit two home runs and drove in five home runs Sunday.
Antonio Valdez and Caleb Hill combined to hit three home runs to lead UTSA to a 14-3 victory over Utah on Sunday at Roadrunner Field.

UTSA (10-3) won the last two games of the three-game series after Utah won the opener. The Roadrunners had 12 hits on Sunday after scoring 11 runs on 17 hits on Saturday.

Valdez hit his second and third home runs of the season and drove in five runs. Valdez has 23 hits and 22 RBIs in UTSA’s first 13 games.

Hill hit his first home run of the season and finished with two hits, two runs and three RBIs.

Hill also scored on a double steal. It was the second time in the last week that UTSA scored on a double steal.

UTSA's Caleb Hill hit his first home run of the season in the Roadrunners' 14-3 victory over Utah on Sunday, March 5, 2023. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Caleb Hill hit his first home run of the season in the Roadrunners’ 14-3 victory over Utah on Sunday.

UTSA’s Leyton Barry hit a three-run double in the sixth inning. Shane Sirdashney, Taylor Smith and Isaiah Walker scored on the hit. The Roadrunners scored six runs in the inning to take an 11-2 lead.

UTSA's Leyton Barry hit a three-run double in the sixth inning in a 14-3 victory over Utah on Sunday, March 5, 2023. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Leyton Barry hit a three-run double in the sixth inning.

UTSA starting pitcher Robbie Maldonado went 4.0 innings and allowed one run. Reliever Daniel Garza went 3.0 innings and allowed 1 run and got the win.

UTSA’s Jacob Germany on Senior Night – photo gallery

Jacob Germany with his family on Senior Night as UTSA beat Charlotte 78-73 in Conference USA men's basketball on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the Convocation Center. - Photo by Joe Alexander
Jacob Germany with his family on UTSA Senior Night on Thursday at the Convocation Center.

Jacob Germany recorded a double-double on Senior Night as UTSA beat Charlotte 78-73 in Conference USA men’s basketball on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

It was Germany’s final game at the Convocation Center in a Roadrunners uniform unless he chooses to return for a fifth season. The 6-foot-11 center finished the game with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 10 rebounds.

UTSA baseball’s lineup vs. UIW – photo gallery

Ryan Ward was UTSA's starting pitcher as the Roadrunners beat Incarnate Word 2-1 in non-conference baseball on Wednesday.
Ryan Ward was UTSA’s starting pitcher as the Roadrunners beat Incarnate Word 2-1 on Wednesday.
UTSA is piling up wins over the first two weeks of baseball season.

The Roadrunners have won eight of their first 10 games. UTSA beat Incarnate Word 2-1 on Wednesday at Roadrunner Field by scoring on a double steal in the bottom of the eighth inning.

UTSA’s starting batting order for this early season game:

1B Garrett Poston
CF Shane Sirdashney
2B Leyton Barry
SS Antonio Valdez
LF Caleb Hill
C Sammy Diaz
RF Tye Odom
DH Taylor Smith
3B Isaiah Walker

The Roadrunners’ starting pitcher was Ryan Ward.