UTRGV Baseball falls at Chicago State in extra innings

CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) baseball team fell to Chicago State University (CSU) 7-6 in 10 innings on Sunday at Cougar Stadium.

UTRGV (22-29, 7-14 WAC) led 6-5 entering the ninth, but CSU (12-38, 6-15 WAC) put two on with two out to set-up a game-tying single by Tyler Lowe.

Then, after senior Carter Johnson (1-6) struck out the first two batters in the 10th, CSU strung together three-straight singles, including the walk-off hit by Jon Coss III.

That made a winner of Yunis Halim (1-0), who pitched three innings of relief, striking out three while allowing one run on two hits and one walk.

Junior Anthony Gomez drove-in two runs for UTRGV to finish the series with five RBI and four runs scored. Junior Roger Varella III went a career-high tying 3-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored. Varela is now hitting .483 (14-for-29) in his last eight WAC games. Senior Austin Siener also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-6 with a home run and two RBI.

CSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a Lowe single and a Jacob Vanitvelt sacrifice fly.

UTRGV got a run back in the second on a squeeze by senior Noah Lee.

A Lowe sacrifice fly put CSU up 3-1 in the third before a two-run double by Gomez tied the game in the fourth.

UTRGV took the lead in fifth on a Varela single in the fifth.

Siener drove-in UTRGV’s next two runs with a single in the sixth and his fifth home run of the season in the eighth to make the score 6-3.

Junior PSJA alum Ryan Jackson entered the game in relief in the fifth when CSU put runners at second and third with two outs in a 4-3 game. Jackson struck out Matt Paciello to escape the threat.

After Jackson retired seven of the next nine batters, CSU broke through with one out in the eighth, recording three-straight hits, capped by a two-run single by Nick Heidenthal, to make the score 6-5.

UTRGV closes the regular season with three games against New Mexico State starting Thursday at 7 p.m. at UTRGV Baseball Stadium. Friends and families can purchase four-packs that include four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $25. Gates open at 6.

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