The T-Bird baseball team was swept in its doubleheader against Texas Pan-American today.
SUU dropped to 0-6 overall, while the Broncos improved to 4-0 on the season.
The T-Birds jumped out to an early lead by earning four runs in the top of the second inning. Bronco pitcher Dusten Knight walked the first four batters and was then relieved by pitcher Luis Flores.
Flores pitched a walk and brought the second run in for the T-Birds. The last two runs of the inning came when infielder Ronnie Burton Jr. hit into a fielder’s choice and outfielder Marcus Romero stroked an RBI sac fly.
SUU continued in the fifth inning when outfielder Chase Rezac hit an infield RBI single to bring infielder Bo Cuthbertson across home plate from third.
The Broncos earned five runs on four hits to take a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Infielder Angel Ibanez hit a two-run RBI triple and was followed by an RBI single off the bat of catcher Chris Torres to start the Bronco rally.
UTPA scored two more runs on an error by the SUU pitcher and a sacrifice fly. The Broncos added two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to lengthen their lead.
UTPA held the T-Birds off to take the first game 10-5.
SUU pitcher Justin Neubauer took the loss on the mound after giving up six runs over five innings in his first start of the season.
Once again the T-Birds got out to an early lead by scoring two runs in the second inning. However, the Broncos bounced back as they recorded three runs in the bottom of the frame to take the 3-2 lead.
SUU outfielder Tyson Weber led off the third inning with a home run to level the game at 3-3. Infielder Bryson Kenolio put the T-Birds out front 5-3 with a two-run home run later in the frame.
UTPA earned one run back in the eighth inning to lessen the deficit to 5-4.
SUU pitcher Joe Karlik was unable to close the game for the T-Birds as he gave up the tying run in the bottom of the ninth.
In the tenth inning, pitcher Matt Nelson took over for the T-Birds. The lead off batter grounded out to first; however, Nelson allowed a single and allowed another batter to reach first on an error.
UTPA infielder Riley Goulding hit into a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners with two outs. Next, infielder Shane Klemcke hit a walk-off RBI single into left field to give the Broncos the 6-5 victory.
UTPA pitcher Dylan Badura picked up his second win of the year after pitching two scoreless innings to close out the game. Nelson took the loss for the T-Birds dropping his record to 0-2 on the year.
SUU travels this week to Hawai’i Pacific and will play in a four-game series. The series to set to begin Thursday at 9 p.m. Mountain time.