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The UTSA Roadrunners (27-17, 12-9 C-USA) took a step back this weekend against the Charlotte 49er’s (14-26-1, 6-14 C-USA) April 25-27, at Roadrunner field.

With clear skies overhead, the Roadrunners took the mound Friday night and looked to gain some ground against another conference opponent. The 49ers did not get the message.

UTSA’s sophomore Brock Hartson and Charlotte’s Corey Roberts each put on strong performance, but the 49er’s ace went the distance. Roberts stopped the UTSA offense in its tracks, allowing just two runs on seven hits, over eight plus innings.

“Roberts was on tonight,” added Head Coach Jason Marshall. “We caught fire towards the end, but we need to continue it all game.”

The Roadrunners found more opportunities to score, but were just unable to find hits when they needed them most.

UTSA senior Mike Warren cashed in another solid performance at the plate, going 3-4 with the three singles.

Roadrunner sophomore outfield Jesse Baker would hit his team-leading sixth homerun of the season, before the 49ers closed out the ninth inning and the game, 5-2.

The loss Friday was UTSA’s fourth in a row — UTSA’s longest losing streak of the season.

Game two heated up early, as UTSA sophomore pitcher Nolan Trabinino matched his career-high with six strikeouts, and allowed no runs over six plus innings.

Trabinino looked masterful on the mound, giving up just six hits in his seventh victory on the season.

“That’s Nolan; he has always been reliable this year, and he is really learning how to take control of the game,” stated Marshall on Trabinino’s performance on the day.

UTSA junior infielder Horacio Correa allowed Charlotte to score on the top of the first inning from a fielding error.

After the early hiccup, the Roadrunners dominated on both sides of the ball and never let up.

Jesse Baker continued his dynamic play from game one on Saturday, scoring twice in UTSA’s 3-1 victory over the 49ers.

The Roadrunners evened up the series at one apiece, and looked to clinch the series win on Sunday.

In game three both teams fell silent on offense early on and did not find the scoreboard till the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, after back-to-back singles, Jesse Baker plated in senior infielder R.J. Peruki as UTSA took the early lead.

UTSA’s lead did not last, as Charlotte blasted four runs in the top of the fifth.

“Our guys never stop fighting; they are always talking and finding ways to make plays,” said Marshall on his team’s continued tenacity.

The Roadrunners showed signs of life in the bottom of the sixth, loading up the bases with only one out.

UTSA freshman infielder Mitchell Matulia continued to battle, hitting in Mike Warren from second to get the Roadrunners back on the scoreboard.

But Charlotte pitcher Micah Wells came in to relief, and put an end to the UTSA rally, to finish the series with a 4-2 Charlotte win.

“It’s tough when it (the loss) is in conference, but you have to get ready for the next game,” stated Marshall on the tough weekend. “And come back with some fire.”

UTSA will begin a two-game home series with Lamar (25-18) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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