STEPHENVILLE –Tarleton Baseball dropped their 2022 season opener 21-5 to the UTSA Roadrunners at the Texan Baseball Complex on Friday.
The first game under the new lights and on the new turf was highly anticipated, with 727 fans packing the complex. Tarleton State president Dr. James Hurley and his daughter Blayklee threw out first pitches at both the baseball and softball complexes.
The Roadrunners constant barrage of offense matched with five innings of scoreless pitching from starting pitcher Jacob Jimenez was too much for Tarleton to handle. The Texans managed through the first three innings nearly unscathed, with Bryce Hackett allowing only one run on four hits.
It was all UTSA after Hackett made an early exit, pitching 3.0 innings. The Roadrunners finished the game with 48 at-bats, scoring 20 runs over the final six innings. The Texans combination of five relievers allowed 18 hits and walked seven Roadrunners
In the sixth inning Tarleton plated two runs off a UTSA error to make it a 7-2 ballgame, showing some life offensively. In the ensuing top of the seventh inning, UTSA scored 11 runs on nine hits, facing four different Texan relievers. That would just about put the game out of reach making It an 18-7 ballgame.
The lone bright spot offensively for the Texans was junior designated hitter Carter Dobrinski. In his Tarleton debut he finished with three hits and scored two runs.
The Texans best offensive spurt of the game came in the eighth inning as they managed to string together consecutive hits. Dobrinski singled up the middle and outfielder Rhett Gallagher doubled to left field. Infielders Taylor Daniell, Corey Young and Jaime Perez all had RBI singles to score three runs in the inning.
The two teams square off again on Saturday at 6 p.m. with Tarleton trying to even the series and get in the win column early in the 2022 season.