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The UTSA Roadrunners (24- 12, 10-5 C-USA) continued their C-USA dominance with a series win over the Marshall Thundering Herd (14-20, 8-9 C-USA) this weekend, April 11- 13, 2014.

The Roadrunners’ war cry this winter was to improve pitching. Going into their third conference change in the past four years, their goal remains to keep playing baseball the way UTSA knows how to.

Friday night’s 6-2 win over the Thundering Herd showed just that.

“Last year we did big things, this year I think we can surpass that,” UTSA Head Coach Jason Marshall said after the Friday night’s win over Marshall.

UTSA’s sophomore pitching ace Brock Harston cashed in another impressive score sheet Friday night, fanning four and giving up only one run in his 6.2 innings pitched.

“I’m feeling a lot better, I’m commanding every single pitch and keeping my walks down,” said the right-hander after his second consecutive win.

Harston was UTSA’s most prominent pitcher in last year’s NCAA tournament and is find- ing his form early on this year.

“I thought he did a good job tonight, he fought out of jams and really and minimized the damage,” noted Coach Marshall. “He had just one walk on the evening, so that’s outstanding.”

Offensively, UTSA’s senior first baseman Mike Warren extended his hitting streak to 28 games, going 3-4 on the night, with Tony Ramirez blasting his third homerun of the year.

UTSA’s win Friday night put them in a three-way tie for C- USA’s second place spot with the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers and the Southern Mis- sissippi Golden Eagles, and they continue to enjoy one of the best starts in school history.

In the second game of the series, the Roadrunners continuously blanked The Thundering Herd. UTSA sophomore left- hander Nolan Trabanino, extended his record to 6-1.

The Roadrunners went 2-1 over the weekend against the Marshall Thundering Herd.

Trabanino allowed only one run and six hits on the day, and continues to give the Roadrunner’s bullpen some depth in starting pitching.

Additionally, freshman second baseman C.J. Pickering blasted his first home run of the year in the fourth inning while producing a career-high three hits.

UTSA had a small hiccup in the final inning, with senior reliever Matt Simms allowing one run and almost loading the bases. Simms would call it a day in the ninth inning and have se-

nior reliever Wesley Cox close the final out of the game.

Going into Sunday’s early bird the Roadrunners were tied for first place in C-USA play and looked to take the sweep. However, poor discipline on defense and sloppy fundamen- tals inhibited UTSA to hold on to their top spot.

The Thundering Herd cashed in three runs off the Roadrunner’s four errors and continued to pressure UTSA’s pitching.

“It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing if you’re not playing on the defensive side of the game,” added Coach Marshall. “You’re probably not setting up yourself for success.”

The Roadrunners could not catch a break on either side of the ball. Marshall would strike out six Roadrunners on the day, using seven pitchers.

UTSA third baseman R.J. Perucki provided some hope in the 8th with a solo shot of his own, but the Roadrunners were unable to keep the rally alive.

“Justin Anderson gave us chances to win,” said Coach Marshall, “but you’re not going to win a lot of games fueling the rallies for your opponents.”

Despite the loss, there’s still reason to be proud as a Road- runner fan. The Roadrunners are still having one of the best seasons in school history and are currently tied for second in the conference.

With two-out-of-three wins on the weekend, UTSA successfully took the series against Marshall.

UTSA will close out its four- game home stand Tuesday, April 15, against I-35 rivals Texas State (19-16) at 6pm.

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