UTSA’s bid for an upset of 19th-ranked Old Dominion got off to a fast start.
The Roadrunners got home runs by Griffin Paxton and Dylan Rock and a bases-loaded triple by Leyton Barry to score nine runs in the first inning of a 12-10 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Roadrunner Field.
Even after jumping out to a 9-3 lead, the victory didn’t come easy. UTSA went scoreless over the next four innings and Old Dominion fought back to take a 10-9 lead after five innings of the seven-inning game.
UTSA put together two hits, a walk and a hit batter in the bottom of the sixth inning and take the lead back.
Roadrunners relief pitcher Arturo Guajardo came in with one out in the sixth and got final five outs to finish the game for UTSA.
Update: UTSA beat Old Dominion 11-0 in Saturday’s second game to sweep the doubleheader. UTSA pitchers Jacob Jimenez, Grant Miller and Hunter Mason combined to hold Old Dominion to two hits.
UTSA piled up 23 runs and 27 hits in the two seven-inning games of the doubleheader. UTSA didn’t bat in bottom of seventh in either game, so all their offense basically came in 12 innings.
The four-game weekend series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. at Roadrunner Field.