The Texas Longhorns were unable to overcome three UT San Antonio Roadrunners home runs and dropped a 7-1 decision in collegiate baseball action Wednesday evening at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
UTSA (29-12) used the long ball to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning and used a pair of home runs to break a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning.
The Roadrunners had two outs in the top of the first inning when Michael Rockett launched a solo shot over the leftfield fence to stake UTSA to a 1-0 lead.
Texas (24-17) manufactured a run in the home half of the third to tie the contest. Kevin Keyes reached on an infield single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by David Hernandez, advanced to third on a groundout by Michael Torres and scored on a double to leftfield by Travis Tucker to knot the game at 1-1.
UTSA posted five runs in the fourth inning. Tim Palinscar hit a leadoff single up the middle and was exchanged at first with Rockett who grounded into a fielder's choice. Rockett stole second base and moved to third on an error. Trent Lockwood followed with a two-run home run to the left of the Monster in centerfield, giving UTSA a 3-1 edge. The rally continued with Aaron Powell and Tyler Carpenter hitting back-to-back singles and Zach Etheredge hitting a three-run home run off the bottom of the scoreboard in left centerfield.
The Roadrunners tacked on the final run in the top of the seventh. With one out Ryan Hutson singled through the right side and scored on a double down the leftfield line by Palinscar.
Ryan Proudfoot (6-2) pitched a complete game to earn the win. He allowed one run on eight hits and one walk while striking out six over nine innings.
Riley Boening (2-1) was saddled with the loss for Texas. He allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out two over 3.1 innings. Casey Whitmer and Kyle Walker combined to allow just one run on four hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings. Walker allowed one hit while fanning three in two innings.
Tucker was the lone Texas player to log two hits, going 2-for-4 with one double.
UTSA was paced offensively by Palinscar, Powell and Carpenter with two hits apiece.
Texas returns to Big 12 Conference action Friday with a 6:30 p.m. road game with the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan.