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UTSA beats Demon, Demons still win series
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SAN ANTONIO – A day after putting up the second most hits in a game in school history, the bats ran out of gas for Northwestern State as its bid for a sweep over Texas-San Antonio was deflated after the Roadrunners posted a 13-3, eight-inning mercy-ruled win in Southland Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon.

The loss dropped the Demons to 7-12 overall and 4-2 in conference play while UTSA improved to 10-10 and 2-4.  NSU remains in a tie for first place in the league standings as it returns to Brown-Stroud Field to start a four-game home stand beginning Wednesday night against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Unlike Saturday when the Demons had an answer for UTSA’s scoring, the Demons fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and couldn’t quite get back into the game despite cutting the lead to 4-2 after the top of the third.

But UTSA came back with a run in the bottom of the inning, four in the fourth and three in the fifth to go up 12-3 and the rally the Demons were hoping for never materialized.

First baseman Nick Hinojos had the big hit for the Demons with a lead-off solo home run, his fourth of the season, in the second inning to put NSU on the board. 

But the power of the day came off the bats of the Roadrunners who popped 16 hits – four of them doubles and two home runs.

Third baseman Ryan Dalton finished the day 4-for-4 for UTSA with three RBI and three runs scored as four other Roadrunner players finished with two hits each.

NSU designated hitter Colin Bear led his team’s eight-hit attack with a 3-for-4 showing with two doubles and right fielder Jordan Buckley finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases.

Starting pitcher Jacob Williford (0-1) took the loss after he allowed nine runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings.  Zach Winchester came entered with one down in the fourth inning and pitched 1.2 frames and gave up three runs on four hits.  Jamie Bittle finished the final 2.2 innings with an unearned run allowed and four hits.

Michael Kraft ran his record to 3-2 for UTSA after he threw seven innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits.  He also walked three and struckout two.

After getting the Demons to go down in order to start the game, UTSA scored four in the bottom of the first as a three-run double by Matthew James was the highlight of the big inning.

HInojos’ homer in the top of the second cut the margin to 4-1 and Buckley scored after he walked, stole second and third, and scored on an error by the Roadrunner first baseman on a failed pickoff attempt to make it 4-2.

UTSA added a run in the bottom of the inning on another RBI double by James, then a four run fourth upped the lead to 9-2.  The Demons got a run closer when Bear hit a one-out single and later scored off a single by catcher Todd Wallace, but the Roadrunners upped the score to 12-3 after Dalton’s three-run bomb.

The Roadrunners ended the game by way of the 10-run mercy rule in the eighth inning after a run scored off yet another double, this time from right fielder John Welborn.

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