BILOXI, Miss. (Conference USA) - Measured against his own standards, UTSA second baseman Bryan Arias had been caught up in a bit of a slump.
Arias returned to fine form Thursday afternoon in the Roadrunners’ 3-2 victory over Old Dominion in The First 2019 C-USA Baseball Championship presented by Air Force Reserve at MGM Park.
“That’s been the story of our year,” UTSA coach Jason Marshall said. “We’ve played a bunch of close games, one- and two-run games. So, it’s not out of the ordinary for us to be in that type of a game.”
The senior went 3-for-4, scored all three of the Roadrunners’ runs and picked up an RBI to boot with his 10th home run of the season.
Which proved just enough backing for UTSA starter Slater Foust (8-2), who allowed a run on four hits over 7 1/3 innings. He walked two, struck out five.
“Just very thankful for Slater Foust to go out there and pitch an incredible ballgame, get us into the eighth inning,” Marshall said. “Just really bulldogged that performance.”
ODU scored twice in the bottom of the inning, but Jake Harrison picked up his second save of the season, setting the Monarchs (35-21) down in order.
“It was tough, without a doubt, having to come back after a late night,” Chris Finwood said. “Their kid pitched a good ballgame, not taking anything away from him. Foust. Thought he did a fantastic job, but we hung in there.”
The Roadrunners (27-29) advanced to a 6:30 p.m. Friday elimination game against the loser of Thursday night’s Florida Atlantic-Western Kentucky game.
ODU’s Ryne Moore (6-4) took the loss, despite allowing just one earned run on five hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out four.