SAN ANTONIO – It may have taken 12 innings, but Tarleton entered the win column Sunday as they defeated UTSA 7-5 at Roadrunner Field, avoiding a series sweep.
The Texans (1-2) scored twice in the top of the 12th inning to break the 5-5 tie. Kooper Shook flied out down the right field line, but freshman Tyson Drake tagged up from second and was able to score. In the next at bat Alec Williams dropped a ball behind the right field wall for his first home run of the season and the Texans led 7-5.
Cris Enriquez (W, 1-0) picked up the win, pitching the final two frames in relief. He gave up no runs on just one hit and struck out one. The two-way player also knocked in a run on an RBI single in the top of the third for the first run of the game.
The Texans were once again led at the plate by Shook as he finished with two hits and three RBI. Jaime Perez notched three hits, while Mason Hammonds and Trace Morrison each finished with two hits.
Hunter Day got the start on the mound for Tarleton and did not disappoint, hurling 6.0 innings allowing just one unearned run on four hits, striking out six and walking none.
Tarleton got the scoring started as they scored three in the top of the third. Enriquez got things going with the previously mentioned RBI single. Then Shook delivered with a triple to right field. The hit scored Enriquez and Perez, but Shook was thrown out at home trying to extend it into an inside the park home run to end the inning.
UTSA scored its first run in the fifth inning to cut into the Texan lead and make it 3-1.
Zach Poe entered in relief of Day and pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two.
Tarleton added to its lead in the eighth as Shook hit a solo home run over the center field wall and Jack Wagner hit an RBI double to score Williams who previously walked, making it 5-1.
The Roadrunners countered with a huge bottom half, plating four runs to tie the game at five. Zane Badmaev pitched the eighth for Tarleton, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits, striking out three.
Jake Burcham pitched the ninth and 10th innings, holding UTSA scoreless in a crucial spot. He struck out three over 2.0 innings, allowing just a lone hit and walking none.
Tarleton will stay in San Antonio with its next game coming Tuesday vs. UIW at Daniel Sullivan Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and it will be streamed on ESPN+.