Rice scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to break a tie and beat UTSA 8-6 in Conference USA action Friday at Roadrunner Field.
The game was the opener of a four-games series. UTSA and Rice play a 2 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.
Rice’s Justin Dunlap singled to lead off the sixth inning, went from first to third on a throwing error on a grounder, and scored the go-ahead run on a ground out.
Rice reliever Brandon Deskins pitched the final five innings to earn the win. He held UTSA scoreless on four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Jonathan Tapia led UTSA with two hits, two runs and two RBIs. He had a two-run double to left-center and also scored in the fourth inning, when the Roadrunners scored three times to take a 6-5 lead.