SAN ANTONIO, TX (KPLC) - Senior left-handed pitcher Bryan King came out of the bullpen to shut down the UTSA Roadrunners offense in the McNeese Cowboys baseball team’s 12-3 victory Saturday afternoon at Roadrunner Ballpark.
The Cowboys’ hot bats from Friday night’s game immediately carried over in to Saturday’s game, scoring seven runs in just the first two innings for senior starting pitcher Peyton McLemore.
“Peyton McLemore came out and gave us a zero in the first inning,” said head coach Justin Hill. “He went his two innings like we planned, then Bryan King came in and was really good for five innings, which we weren’t planning on him going five.
“Just great production from top to bottom, from the lineup and the pitching staff today.”
Senior second baseman Nate Fisbeck wasted no time as he led the game off with a moonshot home run to left field for his first of the season. Three batters later, Clayton Rasbeary hit a home run of his own for his third in two games.
“We knew he was big and strong, but I think he’s shown that he’s a really good hitter. He puts great contact on the ball and anytime a guy can do that it is good,” said coach Hill.
In the second inning, the Cowboys strung together several masterful at bats, drawing two walks and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases for Freshman left fielder Payton Harden. Harden then earned his second RBI of the weekend after drawing a four pitch walk to score Senior catcher Dustin Duhon.
The Cowboys would go on to score four more runs in the inning after an RBI single by Shane Selman, sacrifice fly by Rasbeary, and a two-run single by Carson Maxwell.
UTSA would respond in the bottom of the inning scoring their lone two runs of the afternoon off of a two-run single by sophomore center fielder Jonathen Tapia.
After a quiet top half of the third inning from the Cowboys, Bryan King entered the ballgame for McLemore and completely shut down the Roadrunner lineup. He would go on to pitch for a total of five innings, strike out four batters, only allow two hits, and pick up his first win of the season.
“It felt great to be back out there. The defense played great, made a bunch of big plays behind me,” said King. “P-Mac (Peyton McLemore) came in and did his job and got out of there with a lead.”
In the fourth inning the Cowboys would tack on their final five runs of the game off an RBI hit-by-pitch from Maxwell, two-RBI single from Jake Dickerson, and an RBI groundout from Duhon.
UTSA would score one more run in the bottom of the ninth inning from a home run by Nick Thornquist to bring the final score to 12-3.
The Cowboys will enter the final game of the series on Sunday with a 28-8 run differential over the Roadrunners and look to pick up the three-game sweep.
First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Roadrunner Field