Feb. 27, 2011
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A three-run eighth inning propelled Texas-San Antonio to a 5-1 win over the Saint Joseph's baseball team on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Wolff Stadium. Despite the loss, the Hawks have split their first two series of the season.
Saint Joseph's (4-4) scored its run in the top of the first inning. Brett Tiagwad led off the game with a single and advanced to second when UTSA pitcher Michael Kraft threw wildly on a pickoff attempt. Kevin Kratochwill then drew a walk as Tiagwad advanced to third on a wild pitch. Greg Kumpel followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score the game's first run.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, it would be all they could muster. UTSA (4-4) went ahead in the fourth on RBI singles from Ryan Dalton and Jake Wood before the bats in both dugouts went silent. The teams would combine for three hits over the next three-plus innings before the Roadrunners shook off the slump in the eighth.
After a single and an error left runners on second and third with nobody out, Tyler Carpenter tripled to left center, plating both runs and expanding the lead to 4-1. Wood singled two batters later to set the final margin.
Kraft worked six and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on three hits with four walks and four strikeouts, to earn the win. Taylor Mahoney took the loss for SJU in his first start of the year. He allowed two runs and five hits over three and a third. Daniel Thorpe pitched well for the Hawks, facing the minimum over his three and two-thirds innings of relief, ceding just one hit while fanning a pair.
The Hawks return to the diamond a little closer to home on Wednesday as they travel to the University of Delaware. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.