UTSA ends road trip with game at No. 9 Texas State


SAN ANTONIO- The UTSA baseball team will be back in action tomorrow, April 19, as the Roadrunners travel to San Marcos, TX to take on the Texas State No. 9.

UTSA (24-12, 9-6 C-USA) enters the weekday game with a 7-1 record in weekday games of the year as the Roadrunners are 4-1 in their five last matches midweek. The weekday game will also be the final leg of an eight-game road trip the Roadrunners have been on.

The Roadrunners saw their five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday afternoon as UTSA lost only their second game of April to Rice. In its last 13 games, UTSA has gone on a two-game five-game winning streak and is 11-2 in that span. Among those 11 wins were numerous wins over ranked opponents such as No. 11 TCU, No. 23 Charlotte and No. 29 Old Dominion. The Roadrunners also beat No. 2 Stanford earlier in the year and hold a 7-1 record against ranked foes. Going into weekday tilt, UTSA is ranked number 56 in RPI.

The Bobcats (28-9, 12-3 Sun Belt) enter the weekday game on a five-game winning streak that includes wins over Georgia Southern and Baylor and a sweep of Texas Arlington. Texas State owns wins over then-number-one Texas and number-11 Arizona (2x) as part of its stellar record.

The Bobcats and Roadrunners have faced four common opponents this year. The two teams faced off with Southern in a weekend series and Sam Houston, Baylor and UIW in weekday matches. Both teams went 4-2 combined against all four teams, with UTSA’s losses coming at Southern and Baylor while Texas State lost games to Sam Houston and UIW.

It will be the 98th all-time meeting between the two colleges who are separated by less than an hour. Texas State holds the all-time record over UTSA, holding a 60-37 record over the Roadrunners. UTSA is 14-30 in games played at San Marcos.

Miscellaneous remarks

  • UTSA enters the weekend series with the second-highest batting average (.297) in the entire Conference USA and ranks 32nd nationally.
  • UTSA ranks fourth in C-USA with 173 steps drawn.
  • The Roadrunners had 79 doubles, the 20th most in baseball, ranking third in C-USA.
  • UTSA has 12 triples on the year, the best in C-USA and the 30th in the country.
  • UTSA has the 23rd most hits in college baseball with 376. Third in the C-USA rankings.
  • UTSA’s 294 points rank 17th in college baseball and second in the conference.
  • UTSA leads the country in sacrificed flights with 28 over the season.
  • The Roadrunners are averaging 8.2 carries per game, the second most in C-USA and 20th overall.
  • Launcher Luke Malone has the lowest ERA in all of Conference USA with a 1.97. This ERA ranks 24th nationally.
    • Opposing batters are hitting .225 against Malone. It is the seventh-lowest opponent’s batting average in the conference.
    • Malone allowed ninth-fewest hits of the year (42) and second-fewest runs (15) in Conference USA. He allowed just 11 earned runs, the second-fewest in C-USA.
    • Malone is tied for the second most wins in C-USA with five to his name.

  • Launcher Daniel Chafer tied for the fifth most saves in C-USA with five.
  • Samy Diaz holds the tenth-best on-base percentage in Conference USA (.449).
    • In the frame, Diaz was hit by a pitch 11 times – the third in C-USA.

  • Jonathan Tapia had the seventh most doubles in C-USA (12) and was hit by a pitch 10 times in the year, placing him fifth in C-USA in that category.
    • Being on base helped him score 38 points on the year. Sixth in C-USA.

  • Ian Bailey recorded the fourth most at bats in the conference. In these at-bats, he:
    • Has the second most triples of any C-USA player (3).
    • Scored the sixth most points with 38

  • Ryan Flores scored 27 goals on the season, which ranks fifth in the C-USA.
    • Flores and his teammate Chase Keng both have five sacrifice flies on the year, placing them both in the top three in that Conference USA statistical category.

  • Chase Keng also ranks seventh in the conference for most RBIs, having scored 37.
  • After a weekend of three RAPs, Shane Sirdashney ranks in the top seven in the conference for most HBPs this season with eight.

Information on the days of the week
Tuesday April 19 at 6 p.m.

So. HPR, Neighborhood Ryan (1-0, 4.35 ERA) against So. RHP, Otto Wofford (3-0, 7.36 ERA)

The game will take place at Bobcat Ballpark and will be broadcast on ESPN+.

NEXT: UTSA will return home after eight consecutive road games to host the FIU Panthers. The series is set to play over the weekend of April 22-24, with every match set to air on CUSA TV.

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