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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — UTSA topped the Columbia baseball team, 8-5, in a game that featured a combined seven errors. The Lions (3-9) will continue their spring break trip at Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tuesday, March 13. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. eastern time.
Bryan Arias started the game with a double and walk in the bottom of the first for the Roadrunners (7-7). UTSA ran a double steal and an errant throw allowed the first run of the game to come home. Brent Brookover extended the lead to 2-0 with a two-out single to left.
The Lions capitalized on a free base and miscues by the Roadrunners in the top of the second. Jack Chernow drew a walk and Michael Kuzbel singled to put runners on the corners. In the running game, Kuzbel was interfered with during a pickoff attempt and Chernow was awarded home to make it 2-1.
Another error allowed UTSA’s third run to come in during the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Chris Estrada reached on a misfire to first base and scored after hits by Arias and Ryan Stacy.
Columbia tied the game, 3-3, when the Roadrunners’ leftfielder dropped a fly ball with the bases loaded to bring home Liam McGill and Chandler Bengtson, who walked and singled, respectively earlier in the third.
UTSA broke things open in the bottom of the fourth with four runs. Estrada doubled in the go-ahead run and the Roadrunners put runners on second and third for Trent Bowles. Bowles singled through the right side to plate the lead runner and Tony Beam knocked in a pair with a base-hit to make it 7-3.
Columbia came up with a key play to get Arias at the plate after he started the bottom of the sixth with a triple, but a walk and another misplay in the field made it 8-4. The Lions drew within three again in the seventh on a Cerfolio double to score Randell Kanemaru.
After the Lions’ bullpen tandem of Pat Stanton and Billy Black worked perfect seventh and eighth innings, Columbia had one last chance to come back. Kanemaru started the frame with a double and Engel worked a two-out walk to bring the tying run to the plate. However, a groundout ended the ballgame to give Bradley Griggs his first save of the season.
Jordan Chriss (0-2) was charged with six earned runs in 3.2 innings of work. Kanemaru’s on-base streak was extended to 32 games after a 2-for-4 performance. Both hits were doubles.
Palmer Wenzel improved to 3-1 after coming on in the fifth inning in relief. He struck out three in 2.1 innings and allowed one run on two hits. Arias and Stacy each recorded three hits.