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UTSA Rallies Past CofC, 8-7

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          Release: 03/10/2007
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Graham Maiden's eighth inning homer tied the game at 7-7.
Courtesy: CofCSports.com

Michael Rockett’s RBI single to left in the bottom of the 11th inning scored James Keithley from third base as Texas-San Antonio rallied for an 8-7 win over 30th-ranked College of Charleston in college baseball action before 142 at Nelson Wolff Stadium on Saturday.

With the win the Roadrunners improved to 6-9 on the season.  Charleston fell to 12-3. 

Keithley opened the bottom of the 11th with a single to left and moved to third on Charleston’s second baseman Chris Campbell’s throwing error on Tim Palincsar bunt.  Rockett followed with a first pitch liner to left for the game-winner.

UTSA scratched for an unearned run in the bottom of the first.  Keithley led off with a walk, moved to second on a passed ball, and eventually scored on a single to left by Rockett for a 1-0 UTSA lead.

Charleston tied the game in the top of the third at 1-1.  Clay McCord led off with a bunt single down the third base line and raced home on Campbell’s two-out double down the right field line.

The Cougars grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Michael Harrington led off with a double to left and Ben Lasater followed with a single to center.

UTSA took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.  After Keithley tied the game with a homer to left leading off the inning, Tim Palinscar was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a wild pitch from Michael Bunton for a 3-2 Roadrunner advantage.

The Cougars answered with three unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning.  A one-out, bases loaded throwing error at the plate by UTSA third baseman Ryan Saltzgaber allowed Lasater and Graham Maiden to score for a 4-3 CofC lead.  Oliver Marmol followed with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Gabe Marchant for a 5-3 advantage. Harrington’s RBI double in the seventh stretched Charleston’s lead to 6-3.

Marshal Davis led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and moved to second on Keithley’s single to right.  Tim Palincsar followed with a three-run homer to right that tied the game at 6-all, his first of the season.  Etheredge’s double down the left field line scored Michael Rockett giving the Roadrunners a 7-6 lead.

Maiden led off the eighth with his third homer of the season, a shot down the right field line, that tied the game at 7-7.

J.T. Mackey (3-1) picked up the win in relief tossing a scoreless top of the 11th innings.  Brian Schlitter (2-1) suffered the loss surrendering an unearned run on four hits over four innings of work.

The final game of the series is set for noon eastern on Sunday.


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