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      UTPA Baseball Snakebit In Final At Bat Once More

      CORPUS CHRISTI " The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs baseball team fell to the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders 8-7 in game one of a doubleheader on Tuesday at Chapman Field.

      Down 1-0 after the first inning, the Broncs (10-12) put runners at first and second with one out in the second. Junior Evan Mason followed with a single to left field that would have loaded the bases, but an error in left field allowed senior Shane Ammon to score to tie the game. After junior Jesus Garcia walked to load the bases, senior Alex Howe hit a two-run double to knock out Islanders (9-13) starter Gavin Williamson. Freshman Victor Garcia Jr. followed with an RBI-groundout and then senior Alberto Morales capped the inning with an RBI-single to make it 5-1.

      Howe and sophomore PSJA alum Bryan Ramirez each finished 2-for-4. Howe added two runs scored to his two RBI while Ramirez scored a run as well.

      Kyle Tokunaga started for the Broncs, pitching five innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out two.

      The Broncs added a run in the third on a Mason sacrifice fly, and another one in the fourth on an error to go up 7-2.

      Frankie Salas and Jordan Lee homered in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to bring the Islanders within 7-4.

      In the eighth, the Islanders loaded the bases with one out, but senior Matthew Harrell (2-4) came in and, after allowing a sacrifice fly to Tyler Ware and walks to Lee and Brandon Tierney to make it a one-run game, struck out Zack Gibson to end the threat.

      In the ninth, Kyle Danford led off with a double, and then, after a sacrifice bunt and a walk, Salas hit a game-tying single. An intentional walk loaded the bases, and then freshman Tanner Dickerson came in and allowed a walk-off single to Ware.

      That made a winner of Tyler Schnuriger (1-1), who pitched three perfect innings, striking out five.

      CORPUS CHRISTI " The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs baseball team fell to the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders 12-5 in game two of a doubleheader on Tuesday at Chapman Field.

      The Broncs (10-13) got their runs in the fourth. Down 6-0, senior Alberto Morales and sophomore PSJA alum Bryan Ramirez drew leadoff walks. After a groundout moved the runners into scoring position, senior Brandon Roush came up with a two-out single up the middle to drive in both runs.

      That was it against Islanders (10-13) starter Dalton D TMSpain, who struck out eight while allowing two hits and four walks in four innings.

      Jacob Dorris (1-1) pitched a perfect fifth for the win.

      The Broncs got back on the board in the seventh, when, with the bases loaded and one out, redshirt junior Edinburg alum Lee Rios hit a sacrifice fly that scored Roush to make it 12-3.

      In the ninth, junior Jesus Garcia drew a leadoff walk and scored on a one-out single by redshirt freshman Edinburg alum Edgar Cordon. After a single by senior Dillon Engelhart, freshman Omar Avila came up with a sacrifice fly to complete the scoring.

      Junior Clayton Haltom (0-1) started for the Broncs, allowing two runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.

      Junior Jarrett Johnson made his Broncs debut by pitching a scoreless fourth before giving up two runs while recording one out in the fifth.

      Sophomore Roma alum Isaac Martinez made his season debut, striking out three in two scoreless innings of relief.

      The Broncs open Western Athletic Conference play with the first of three games against New Mexico State on Friday at 7 p.m. at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.