SAN ANTONIO — Jordan Pacheco held No. 5 Baylor to just one run on seven hits while striking out a career-high five in 5.1 innings and UTSA ended the Bears’ 24-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night in front of a season-high 1,151 fans at Wolff Stadium.
“I thought we played extremely well,” UTSA head coach Sherman Corbett said after the victory. “We had to get off to a good start and did that. Daniel Rockett gave us a big hit for a multiple-run lead in the first and we did enough to hold on to it.”
Pacheco (1-2), who only walked one, picked up the first win of career in the 85-pitch performance. Clint Sharp surrendered only one hit and fanned three in 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, while Matt Sims struck out two in the ninth for his sixth save of the spring.
“Jordan threw an outstanding game,” Corbett said. “Clint and Matt a great job, too. We pitched down in the zone and used both sides of the plate. They did a great job against a good team.”
UTSA drew first blood with a three-run first and never looked back.
Back-to-back one-out walks to Justin Anderson and Casey Selsor set the table for Ryan Dalton, whose single through the left side of the infield brought Anderson across the plate for the evening’s first run.
After Selsor and Dalton executed a double steal, Baylor starter Austin Stone whiffed Matthew James for the second out of the the frame. Daniel Rockett followed with a two-run base hit up the middle, which was more than enough for Pacheco in the finale of the Birds’ eight-game home stand.
The Bears (35-8) scored their lone run in the fourth when Cal Towey’s two-out double plated Logan Vick, but that was all they got the rest of the way.
UTSA tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when RJ Perucki’s two-bagger down the left-field line with one down brought Rockett to the plate.
Stone (2-1) allowed all four runs on seven hits, walked three and struck out four in his 5.1 frames of work.
Perucki and Rockett led the Roadrunners’ eight-hit attack with two knocks apiece, while Vick paced Baylor by going 3-for-3 with a walk and stolen base.
The Bears lost for the first time since dropping a 5-4 decision at UT Arlington on March 13.