Late rally leads UTPB baseball to fourth straight win

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ODESSA - Tylor Frailey's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh turned a one-run deficit into a lead the Falcons would not relinquish in their 4-3 win over University of the Southwest on Tuesday. The victory was the Falcons fourth in a row, their longest streak since winning five straight in April 2016.

The afternoon did not start the way the Falcons (5-2) would have wanted. A walk, bloop single and hit by pitch loaded the bases for the Mustangs in the top of the first. Tariq Levesque would then hit a grand slam but be called out after passing a base runner meaning only three runs scored. The Falcons would get out of the inning and get on the scoreboard themselves in the second inning. Tyler Vlasek would score on a sacrifice fly by Dalton Castillo. Andres Romero would come into score after a single by Hayden Matthewson to make the game 3-2. Neither team would get much offense going with only the Falcons threatening in the third inning with a pair of base runners until the seventh inning.

Skyler Palermo would work a lead-off walk before Matthewson followed with his second single of the game. Andrew Donovan would bunt them over to set up Frailey who sent a 1-0 pitch back up the middle for a two-run single and the 4-3 lead. That's all the Falcons would need as Paul McRae would shut the door in the ninth, pitching around a pair of singles for the victory.

Jake Rohde earned the win allowing just one hit and striking out four over three shutout innings, running his season up to 8.1 scoreless innings to start the year, while McRae picked up the save. The Falcon bullpen of Cale Thornton, Jake Albert, Joshua Gonzales, Rohde and McRae combined for eight shutout innings allowing just six baserunners and striking out seven. Matthewson was the only Falcon with more than one hit on the afternoon as Mustang starter Ben Tingen only allowed five hits on the afternoon.

The Falcons are off for a week when they head to Hobbs, N.M. where they'll once again take on the Mustangs before returning home to play a three-game series with Adams State.Tylor Frailey's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh turned a one-run deficit into a lead the Falcons would not relinquish in their 4-3 win over University of the Southwest on Tuesday. The victory was the Falcons fourth in a row, their longest streak since winning five straight in April 2016.

The afternoon did not start the way the Falcons (5-2) would have wanted. A walk, bloop single and hit by pitch loaded the bases for the Mustangs in the top of the first. Tariq Levesque would then hit a grand slam but be called out after passing a base runner meaning only three runs scored. The Falcons would get out of the inning and get on the scoreboard themselves in the second inning. Tyler Vlasek would score on a sacrifice fly by Dalton Castillo. Andres Romero would come into score after a single by Hayden Matthewson to make the game 3-2. Neither team would get much offense going with only the Falcons threatening in the third inning with a pair of base runners until the seventh inning.

Skyler Palermo would work a lead-off walk before Matthewson followed with his second single of the game. Andrew Donovan would bunt them over to set up Frailey who sent a 1-0 pitch back up the middle for a two-run single and the 4-3 lead. That's all the Falcons would need as Paul McRae would shut the door in the ninth, pitching around a pair of singles for the victory.

Jake Rohde earned the win allowing just one hit and striking out four over three shutout innings, running his season up to 8.1 scoreless innings to start the year, while McRae picked up the save. The Falcon bullpen of Cale Thornton, Jake Albert, Joshua Gonzales, Rohde and McRae combined for eight shutout innings allowing just six baserunners and striking out seven. Matthewson was the only Falcon with more than one hit on the afternoon as Mustang starter Ben Tingen only allowed five hits on the afternoon.

The Falcons are off for a week when they head to Hobbs, N.M. where they'll once again take on the Mustangs before returning home to play a three-game series with Adams State.