— UTSA Baseball ⚾️ (@UTSABSB) May 13, 2018
The UTSA Roadrunners have clinched a spot in the Conference USA baseball tournament.
UTSA assured itself of a chance to play for the C-USA’s postseason title by scoring an 11-3 victory Sunday at Old Dominion.
With the win, the Roadrunners took two of three in the series from the last-place Monarchs.
More importantly, in the long term, the win also settles UTSA’s travel plans for the last week of May.
UTSA will make the trip to Biloxi, Miss., as one of eight C-USA teams battling for the postseason title and the accompanying bid to the NCAA tournament.
UTSA 28-21, 14-12
Old Dominion 15-33, 7-19
Bryan Arias, a UTSA junior from Marshall, led off the game with his seventh home run of the season. The Roadrunners went on to score one run in the first inning, two in the second and one in the third for a 4-0 lead.
UTSA banged out 16 hits one day after getting shut out, 7-0, on a complete-game, five-hitter by ODU’s Morgan Maguire. Trent Bowles had three hits for UTSA, including his team-leading 16th double. He also stole his 14th base, which also leads the team.
Pitcher Chance Kirby enjoyed another quality start by pitching into the seventh inning and yielding two runs on seven hits. Kirby has eclipsed six innings pitched with two or fewer runs allowed in four straight games.
After picking up the win against Old Dominion, he improved his record to 5-4 with a team-best 2.93 earned run average.
UTSA hosts Abilene Christian (non-conference) on Tuesday. UTSA completes the regular-season schedule next weekend with three home games against the C-USA’s Charlotte 49ers starting Thursday night.
The C-USA tournament is set for May 24-28 in Biloxi.