Daniel Garza, explosive offense pushes UTSA to C-USA title sport



HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Daniel Garza labored eight innings in aid and the offense scored 11 runs on 15 hits, main UTSA to an 11-2 win at No. 14 Southern Miss within the semifinals of the Convention USA Championships, advancing the Roadrunners to a league title sport for the primary time since 2013, on Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park.
UTSA (38-19) pounded the top-seeded Golden Eagles to advance to the single-elimination title sport on Sunday, set for 1 p.m. on CBS Sports activities Community. The Roadrunners will face the winner of the elimination sport on Saturday evening between No. 2 seed Louisiana Tech and No. 3 seeded Outdated Dominion.
The Roadrunners routed the Golden Eagles on their very own subject to eradicate Southern Miss within the semifinals. It marked the second straight win over Southern Miss for the Roadrunners, as UTSA used a ninth-inning homer to greatest the Golden Eagles in a back-and-forth affair on Friday morning.
UTSA improved to 3-0 within the match as the one unbeaten crew within the subject, additionally besting Florida Atlantic within the first spherical on Thursday morning. The win over Southern Miss on back-to-back days additionally improved UTSA to 11-4 in video games in opposition to ranked foes and 9-3 in outings vs. top-25 opponents. 
The Roadrunners can be searching for their fourth all-time convention match championship and their first in C-USA. UTSA final received the league tourney in 2013 within the Western Athletic Convention and in 2005 and 1994 within the Southland Convention.
The 38 wins for UTSA marks probably the most since a school-record 39 in 2009 and the third-most in program historical past. The 1994 membership additionally received 39 video games.
UTSA pounded out 11 runs on 15 hits with 5 walks, 4 doubles, a triple and a homer. The Roadrunners managed the sport from the leap, plating two within the second and third inning and instantly answering a two-run Southern Miss inning within the seventh with a six-run eighth and including a run within the ninth for the 11-2 win.
Ryan Flores and Garrett Poston every tallied a career-high three hits, with Poston launching a two-run homer to open the scoring within the second inning, his second of the 12 months. Flores went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stroll and over the 5 video games vs. Southern Miss – three UTSA wins – Flores has hit .684 (13-for-19) with three homers and eight RBI, together with the game-winning, ninth-inning blast on Friday morning.
UTSA additionally acquired two-hit video games from Leyton Barry and Matt King, with King driving in two runs. Jonathan Tapia drove in a pair with an eighth-inning double and Shane Sirdashney notched a team-leading three RBI with successful within the three gap. Josh Killeen, Chase Keng and Ian Bailey made all of it 9 Roadrunners within the lineup with hits.
The Roadrunners began Ryan Ward in his seventh begin of the 12 months. Ward labored a shutout first inning with two strikeouts and after plunking the leadoff man within the second, Garza (4-1) entered in aid.
Garza, a local of Houston, labored a career-long eight innings, permitting seven hits and two runs, strolling three and hanging out 4. He’s the second Roadrunner to work no less than eight innings in aid in its first three video games within the C-USA Championships, as Luke Malone labored a tourney file 9 innings in aid to beat Florida Atlantic on Thursday.
Southern Miss (43-16) starter Matthew Adams (2-2) who labored 2.1 innings, permitting three hits and 4 runs – two earned – strolling three and hanging out 4. After permitting a pair on – with one scoring on a sac fly – to open the third inning,
USM known as on Tyler Stuart in a one-out, runner on third jam to face Killeen. Stuart allowed the run to attain that was charged to Adams however settled in to work 4.1 shutout innings, permitting three hits and a stroll, hanging out 4. Chandler Greatest got here on in a 2-0 depend within the seventh in aid of Stuart, getting a pair of outs, together with the ultimate within the seventh and one within the eighth, earlier than permitting a pair of singles that chased him in favor of side-arming Isaiah Rhodes with two on and one out within the eighth, with each the runners scoring on Greatest’s line. Rhodes allowed two hits and two runs, with USM additionally utilizing Justin Storm, who allowed two runs on three hits, within the eighth. Aubrey Gillentine labored the ninth.
The Roadrunners struck first within the prime of the second inning, getting a 2-0 lead on the second homer of the 12 months from Poston. The blast – cranked out to rightfield – scored Killeen, who led off with a single.
The highest of the third inning noticed the Roadrunners lengthen the lead. Tapia led off with a stroll and Barry singled into centerfield with the ball misplayed in centerfield to permit each runners to maneuver into scoring place. Shane Sirdashney adopted with a sacrifice fly to rightfield, permitting Tapia to attain and Barry to maneuver to 3rd with one out. Killeen laid down a sacrifice bunt to attain Barry from third, pushing UTSA’s result in 4-0.
The Golden Eagles plated two within the backside of the seventh to chop the result in 4-2. Danny Lynch and Will McGillis led off with singles and Christian Paetow broke the seal for USM with a single into centerfield to attain Lynch. After a stroll to Blake Johnson loaded the bases, Gabe Montenegro scored McGillis with a fielder’s selection that got here on a bouncing ball up the center, bouncing off the glove of Garza and to Barry, who sidearm flung it to Matt King masking second base. Garza then induced a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play- that noticed Flores choose the ball out of the turf – to flee the jam and snuff a USM rally, maintaining UTSA up by a pair.
UTSA plated six within the prime of the eighth, taking the result in 10-2. Bailey reached on a one-out stroll and Poston pulled his third hit of the sport by way of the appropriate facet to place a pair on. After a pitching change to match up with King, the C-USA All-Freshman Group choice drilled an RBI single inside the road in leftfield. Tapia then painted a two-run double down the leftfield line, scoring Poston and King. After a Barry double, Sirdashney drilled an opposite-field, two-run triple down the rightfield line, scoring Tapia and Barry for a seven-run lead. Flores adopted with a single into the hole, scoring Sirdashney.
The lead was pushed to 11-2 within the ninth as King doubled down the leftfield line, scoring Keng, who led off with a single.
Saturday Notes
Dwelling Runs
UTSA: Garrett Poston (2)
WPDaniel Garza (4-1): 8.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts
SV – N/A
LPMatt Adams (2-2): 2.1 IP, 3 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 3 walks, 4 strikeouts
Up Subsequent
UTSA returns to Pete Taylor Park tomorrow, Could 29, to face the winner of ODU/La Tech within the Convention USA Championship sport. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. and the sport can be broadcast on CBS Sports activities Community. 
GAME NOTES: UTSA is 38-19 and is 22-11 in opposition to convention foes … UTSA head coach Pat Hallmark is 70-53 in his third 12 months at UTSA and is 136-100 in his five-year profession … In Hallmark’s teaching profession, he’s 100-6 when main after eight innings, 97-9 when main after seven and 109-9 when main after six … UTSA is 54-3 when staked to a sixth inning lead beneath Hallmark, 45-3 when main after seven and 48-2 when main after eight … UTSA is 26-6 in 2022 when scoring first and 45-21 beneath Hallmark … UTSA is 11-4 in opposition to ranked groups and 9-3 in opposition to top-25 foes in 2022 … Southern Miss leads the all-time collection 20-10, together with a 9-4 mark in video games performed in Hattiesburg … The Golden Eagles are 2-3 in opposition to UTSA in 2022 … UTSA leads the collection 4-3 in video games performed within the C-USA Event … UTSA superior to its first convention match last since 2013 … UTSA is 11-12 all-time within the C-USA Event and are 28-34 all-time in league tournaments … UTSA is 16-13 in street video games in 2022 … UTSA is 29-11 vs. right-handed beginning pitchers in 2022 … UTSA has a program file 514 strikeouts in 2022 … UTSA has scored 459 runs in 2022, the third-most in program historical past … UTSA has 123 doubles in 2022, the fifth-most in program historical past … UTSA has 67 homers, the third-most at school historical past and probably the most since 2010 … UTSA has 424 RBI in 2022, setting a brand new program file …  UTSA has 259 walks in 2022, the fourth most in program historical past … Sophomore RHP Ryan Ward made his 14th look and his seventh begin … Ward has appeared in 21 video games with 9 begins in his profession .. UTSA is 5-2 in Ward’s begins in 2022 … Senior 3B Jonathan Tapia performed in his 211th profession sport, rating seventh on the UTSA checklist … Tapia has reached base safely in 49 of 55 begins on the 12 months and 153 of 177 begins in his profession … Tapia has scored 150 runs in his profession, rating eighth in program historical past … Tapia scored his 58th run of the 12 months, transferring right into a tie with Bryan Arias for eighth in single-season historical past … Tapia has a five-game hitting streak … Tapia doubled for the twenty first time in 2022 and the thirty eighth time in his profession … Tapia ranks tied for sixth in single-season doubles in program historical past … It is probably the most doubles in a season for a Roadrunner since Kevin Markham in 2017 … Tapia has a career-high 49 RBI in 2022 … Senior 1B Ryan Flores has reached base safely in 48 of 52 begins on the 12 months … Flores has 18 multi-hit video games in 2022 … Flores tied his profession excessive with three hits, the seventh time in 2022 and the primary since going 3-for-4 at USM on Could 15 … In his 5 video games in opposition to top-15 Southern Miss in 2022, Flores is 13-for-19 with three homers and eight RBI … R-Sophomore C Josh Killeen has reached base safely in 17 straight video games, a crew excessive … Killeen has reached base safely in 25 of 28 begins on the 12 months and in 31 of 37 profession begins … Killeen laid down his third sac bunt of the 12 months, utilizing it to attain a run within the third … Sophomore DH Garrett Poston hit his second profession homer and second of 2022 … Poston has reached base safely in 29 of 32 video games in 2022 and in 29 of 33 in his profession … Poston has six multi-RBI video games in 2022 … Poston has eight multi-hit video games on the 12 months … Poston tied his profession excessive with three hits, accomplished twice earlier than and most lately at No. 9 Texas State on April 19 … Sophomore RHP Daniel Garza labored in his thirteenth sport of the 12 months and the twenty sixth of his profession … Garza has inherited 13 runners on the 12 months, permitting 5 to attain … Garza labored a career-long eight innings, all in aid … Junior 2B Leyton Barry has reached base safely in 45 of 52 begins in 2022 and in 80 of 97 profession begins … Barry has 24 multi-hit video games in 2022 and 48 in his profession … Barry has 14 doubles in 2022 and 23 in his profession … Senior LF Ian Bailey made his team-leading 57th consecutive begin … Bailey doubled for the sixteenth time in 2022 and the twentieth time in his profession … Bailey has reached base safely in 49 of 57 begins in 2022 and in 75 of 85 in his profession … Junior CF Shane Sirdashney tripled for the primary time in 2022 and the second time in his profession … Sirdashney has reached base safely in 38 of 43 begins in 2022 and in 73 of 89 in his profession … Senior RF Chase Keng has reached base safely in 49 of 54 begins on the 12 months and 120 of 147 begins in his profession … Freshman SS Matt King has reached base safely in 34 of his 42 begins … King doubled for the twelfth time. 
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