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Texas-Pan American Comes Back to Defeat NYIT in Extra Inning


UTPA's Ryan Vest

UTPA's Ryan Vest

May 27, 2010

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EDINBURG, Texas - Texas-Pan American scored two runs in the top of the ninth and two more in the top of the 10th to record a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over NYIT in the final game of the first day of the 2010 GWC Baseball Tournament at Edinburg, Texas.

In a game that finished after midnight and took two minutes shy of four hours to play, UTPA entered the ninth inning down, 4-2. With two outs, Billy Donoho singled up the middle scoring Stuart MacInnes. He then advanced to second on a throw, allowing Iradier Hernandez to score the tying run.

The Broncs held NYIT scoreless in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

In the extra frame, Ryan Vest hit a two RBI single to right center, scoring Alex Carnall and MacInnes to give the Broncs a 6-4 lead.

After a leadoff single by Christian Dienna, Guadalupe Barrera came to the mound for UTPA and struck out two batters before loading the bases. Brian Smith flied out to end the game.

"The team came out and played hard with a lot of enthusiasm and intensity," said UTPA coach Manny Mantrana. "We have not gotten a big hit consistently throughout the year, but today when we needed it we had two key hits- one by Billy Donaho to tie and one by Ryan Vest to give us the lead. I am very proud of the way they played."

The Bears scored one run in the first inning on a sacrifice RBI by Jerry Smith. In the second, Sebastian Grazziani homered to left field to give NYIT a 2-1 lead. The Bears scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded balk and a bases-loaded walk.

"It was an exciting ball game," said NYIT coach Bob Hirschfield. "Our starting pitcher (Andrew Guarrasi) did a real fine job, and I turned the ball over to Mike Roth because he has been our closer the whole year. Unfortunately he walked the first batter (MacInnes in the top of the ninth) and that sort of set the table.

"Tonight's game was an exciting game of baseball. It's nice to be down here playing GWC Baseball. I wish we would have won. We played well enough to win, but maybe not well enough tonight to win."

The tournament resumes at 9 a.m. Thursday with Houston Baptist taking on Chicago State in the second day of pool play.