ACU falls on the road to UTSA

May 15, 2018 - SAN ANTONIO – Abilene Christian and UTSA baseball had itself a pitcher's duel for the better part of seven innings Tuesday night until a couple of free passes and wild pitches in the home half of the eighth led to four insurance runs in the Roadrunners' eventual 5-0 victory.

Senior Caleb Dougherty – making the final start of his collegiate career – held UTSA to one run on eight hits through the first seven frames with six strikeouts, but started to lose command following an eighth-inning flyout. First he hit cleanup batter Dylan Rock with a pitch, then walked Chris Estrada, and plunked Garrett Moon to load the bases before being pulled in favor of David Ruot.

An Abilene native and Cooper High School graduate, Ruot surrendered a RBI single to the first batter he faced, and with two outs he walked in a run before giving up a back-breaking two-run single to designated hitter Ryan Stacy that made it a 5-0 game.

UTSA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on Rock's RBI single to center, but from there left seven men on base through the seventh as Dougherty stranded five in scoring position. The Roadrunners left two aboard in the first and third, runners at second in the fourth and seventh, and Rock at third base in the following his sixth-inning leadoff single. Rock and UTSA's top three hitters in the order (Stacy, Bowles, Brookover) all finished with two base hits.

The Wildcats' five base hits tonight were half that of the Roadrunners as only junior left fielder Derek Scott (2-4) finished with a multi-hit game. He led off the game with a bunt single only to be left at third base following three consecutive ground outs, and was standing at second base when Matt Muñoz was picked off first base for the final out of the third. 

No Wildcat hitter from there got to second base until the ninth when DH Dalon Farkas hit his team leading 21st double of the season with one out in the ninth.

Six UTSA pitchers combined on tonight's shutout with the victory awarded to starter Kyrell Miller, who struck out a pair and walked one in his three innings of work.

The Wildcats return home to Crutcher Scott Field Thursday for the start of a three-game series vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Game times are Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon.

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