The Horns jumped on the Roadrunners early, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first. Tim Moss lead-off with a triple and after a Matt Rosenberg RBI groundout, UTSA pitcher Trey Rice lost the directions to the strike zone, issuing free passes to four of UT's next five batters, plating another run. SS Michael Hollimon then cleared the bases with a three-RBI double to the left center gap before being thrown out at third trying to stretch the double into a triple. On the day, Hollimon finished three-for-four from the plate with six RBI.
Texas exploded for seven more runs in the fourth, sending 10 batters to the plate and rapping five hits, including an over-the-Green-Monster shot by Ryan Hubele. Hubele, with his three- RBI dinger, became just the 25th player overall and the 11th Longhorn in the 27-year history of the Disch to go yard over the top of the 20-foot high center field fence.
The Horns added four in the fifth and four more in sixth to reach the 20-run plateau for the second time in three games.
Eugene Espineli (1-0), in his third appearance (and first start) of the season, pitched six full innings, giving up just three hits and one run to pick up the win. Kevin Frizzell worked the seventh and eighth in relief of Espineli and gave up two runs on two hits. Buck Cody closed out the Roadrunners with a three up-three down ninth to keep his ERA at a perfect 0.00.
Aside from Hollimon and Hubele, Horn hitters Dustin Majewski and Eric Sultemeier had memorable outings. Majewski, who replaced Rosenberg in right field after the senior outfielder fouled a ball off his leg in the second, hit safely in his first two plate appearances before a sixth inning RBI groundout ended his consecutive hits streak at 11. With a fifth inning single, Sultemeier extended his consecutive games hitting streak to nine. J.D. Reininger is also streaking, his fourth inning ground rule double upping his hit streak to seven games.
Texas (8-2) will look to continue its hot hitting and strong pitching streak Wednesday with a 2:30 contest vs. Northwestern State.