SAN ANTONIO – Logan Boyher went 6-for-8 at the dish and split playing time at first and behind the plate, leading a Lions' offense that racked up 24 hits on the day, but UTSA came away with two wins over Columbia Saturday at Roadrunner Field.
GAME ONE RECAP
Sophomore Logan Boyher went 2-for-3 and scored, but it was the Lions lone run of the game, as UTSA took game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, 5-1.
The Roadrunners got on the board first, as lead-off hitter John Welborn scored on a passed ball. Catcher John Bormann doubled the UTSA lead with a solo shot over the left field wall in the next inning.
Boyher and Aaron Silbar started the fourth inning with walks for the Lions and each moved up a bag on David Vandercook’s sacrifice bunt. Gus Craig grounded out to second in the next at bat, but Boyher raced home to get the Lions on the board, trailing 2-1.
UTSA got that run back in the fifth frame, as Mike Warren’s single out to right field plated Horacio Correa III. The lead extended to 5-1 in the sixth, as two more Roadrunners came in to score. Welborn grounder to deep short scoring Tony Ramirez, followed up by a Jesse Baker sacrifice fly to bring home Logan Kinder.
Columbia tried to put a rally together in the top of the ninth, with Craig walking and Kyle Bartelman singling to left with one out, Logan Onda got a strikeout and fly out to close out the win.
Nolan Trabanino moved to 4-0 on the year with the win for UTSA, while Joey Donino fell to 1-1 for the Lions. Thomas Crispi came on in relief for Columbia in the sixth and gave up just one hit and one walk over the final three innings. Donino and Crispi combined for nine strikeouts in the game.
GAME TWO RECAP
Columbia cranked out 16 hits, led by a stellar 4-for-5 performance by Boyher, but its comeback bid fell just short, as UTSA held on for a 9-8 victory in the nightcap Saturday.
Boyher was one of six Lions to have multiple hits, as Robb Paller notched three hits and Jordan Serena, Gus Craig, Nick Maguire and David Vandercook each had two. Boyher finished the game with three RBI, while Paller drove in a pair.
UTSA got off to a quick start in the second game, putting up four runs in the bottom of the first. RJ Perucki drove in the first run with a single through the left side that Mike Warren followed up with a two-RBI double down the left field line. John Bormann capped the inning with an RBI-single to the right side.
The Roadrunners struck right back with two more runs in the third frame, as Correa laced a homer over the right field wall. The fourth inning brought two more runs for UTSA in the form of Welborn and Perucki RBI.
The Lions began to rally in the fifth inning, getting a pair of those runs back. With two outs, Craig ripped a triple to right center and Silbar was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Maguire then stood in and knocked a double through the right side to bring home Craig. Boyher followed behind with a single back up the middle to plate Silbar.
UTSA got another run in the bottom half, pushing the lead to 9-3, but Columbia roared back with four in the top of sixth. Serena slapped a 1-2 pitch to left center and then Bartelman reached on a fielding error with just one out. Robb Paller singled through the right side to score the first run of the frame. Craig then walked to load up the bases, prompting a pitching change from the Roadrunners. Silbar’s ground out plated Bartelman to make it a 9-5 contest.
Maguire walked to load the bases again with two down, setting the stage for Boyher to single through the left side, bringing around Craig and Paller.
The Lions added one more in the top of the seventh, with Paller driving in Vandercook who had reached on a bunt single.
That’s where the scoring ended though, as Matt Sims came on to get UTSA out of the inning and then through the final two innings, giving up just one hit along the way to earn the save. Wesley Cox picked up the win for UTSA in relief.
The series wraps up tomorrow at Roadrunner field with a 1 p.m. game.