Saturday, May 16, 2015

UTPA Broncs Put On One Final Offensive Show in 11-3 defeat of UVU Wolverines in Game Two of DH (May 16, 2015)



Edinburg, TX - As the sunset on Edinburg Baseball Stadium, the figurate sun was setting in a figurate sense on the illustrious history of Broncs Baseball. In what was an emotionally bitter sweat moment in the history of The University of Texas-Pan American, the Broncs baseball team defeated the Utah Valley University Wolverines 11-3 in their final game before becoming The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros.

"Every year is tough with the exit of our seniors," said Broncs Coach Manny Mantrana, "it's bitter sweet, they end their careers and start with a totally different phase in their lives. It's also so the end of an era with us no longer being Broncs. From now one where the Vaqueros, but it's been a great ride.

After 88 years of existence, and multiple institutional name changes, UTPA will retire their name and the legacy of Broncs Baseball over the summer in preparation for a new beginning as the UTRGV Vaqueros beginning with the 2016 season.

"I have a lot of great memories," said Broncs senior Lee Rios, "I've been here for five years. This is closure and when I look back on today it's going to be a good memory."

The Broncs (21-30-1, 6-20-1 in WAC) seemed to save their best performance of the season for their historic final game.

There were high hopes for 2015, especially with the high number of retuning upper classman patrolling the dugout. However, those dreams seemed to fade like a mid-morning fog as injuries, defensive mishaps, and general misfortune seemed to pound them in waves for the entire conference season.

The Wolverines (18-33, 14-13 in WAC) entered the weekend series as one of the last few teams still in the running for a trip to the WAC Conference Tournament in Mesa, AZ.

UTPA's offense would explode in the second inning, plating five runs on six hits, for an early 5-0 lead.

The Broncs would extend that lead in the fourth, plating an additional five runs on four hits, including three RBI bases clearing triple by Victor Garcia Jr., to push their lead to 10-0.

UVU broke their scoreless slump in the top of the 5th, cutting the Broncs lead to 10-1 on a rocket over the left field wall by Greyson Bogden.

UTPA would respond in the home half of the inning, using a Lee Rios single to score Isaac Gonzalez from second, extending their lead to 11-1.

On the verge of being defeated via run rule, the Wolverines would once again benefit from a second home run by Greyson Bogden, this time of the two run variety, to cut the UTPA lead to 11-3.

With their collegiate careers coming to an end, two Bronc seniors had career days, as Logan Landon and Lee Rios would combine to go 8-10 with two runs and three RBI's.

Talking about his senior, Mantrana praised their dedication and drive across their time with the program saying, "I really like this group, they really give you everything they have. It's always nice for the seniors, especially in their last game in this uniform to do what they did."

Senior Logan Landon echoed his coaches sentiments about how special his final year as a Bronc had effected him saying, "It's a blessing, obviously every senior wants to go out and have a good day in your last game. Helping my team to come out a win last game it means a lot me. Knowing that I'll never come out and wear this uniform again, I'll never come out and play with these guys it big."

In a moment of amazing clarity, Landon summed up how the ability to play collegiate baseball has changed his life saying, "Baseball shaped everything that I am, everybody I've met, every place that I've gone, it's all from baseball...baseball has shaped everything about me."

One bad inning plagues UTPA Broncs in 5-2 loss vs. Utah Valley Wolverines (May 16, 2015)

 
 
 
Edinburg, TX - Looking for their first conference win of 2015, the University in of Texas-Pan American Broncs were plagues by one bad inning in a 5-2 loss against the Utah Valley University in game one of their season ending double header on Saturday.
 
 
The Broncs (20-30-1, 5-20-1) entered Saturday in the best possible position, having capitalized on a stellar performance from senior LHP Alex Hensen to take the first game of the series 5-4. They would hand the ball to another senior, RHP Blake English on Saturday in hopes building toward a series sweep.
 
The Wolverines (18-32, 14-12) were looking to keep their conference tournament hopes alive, by maintaning their slight one game lead over the sixth and final qualifying spot.
 
 
UTPA would open the scoring in the home half of the first, capitalizing on a Victor Garcia Jr. single to score Scott Mercer from third.
 
 
English would hold UVU at bay for the first two innings, however, the Wolvines offense would come to life in a big way, plating four runs on three, hits and two errors to take the lead at 4-1.

That would end English's night early, however, the well rested Broncs bullpen would do an excellent job in relief holding the Wolverines scoreless for the next five innings.
 
UTPA would cut into that lead in the fifth, behind an RBI double by Scott Mercer which scored Clayton Haltom from second, cutting the UVU lead to just 4-2.

UVU would tack on an insurance run in the top of the ninth, riding a Jordan Schlehuber double to the left field corner to break the scoring drought in their final half inning and push the Wolverines ahead 5-2.

The Broncs would mount a small rally in the home half of the ninth, but they would fail to push across any runs in route to the 5-2 final.

Game 2 is scheduled to follow at about 3:45 p.m..

For updates on Game 2 you can follow my tweets as @smith_kb and make sure to check back for a game two recap and quotes right here on the Box Score Report.

 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pitching comes up big as UTPA Broncs defeat vs.Utah Valley Wolverines 5-4 (May 14, 2015)


Edinburg, TX - In what will be their final series opener as Broncs, The University of Texas-Pan American Baseball team received a career defining final performance from senior Alex Hensen to defeat the Utah Valley Wolverines 5-4 on Friday.

"Everything starts with pitching," said Broncs coach Manny Mantrana, "and today were able to pitch well and be played good defense... Today we had some competitive at bats, really good job with two strikes, their really making good adjustments."

The 2015 season has been a trying one for the Broncs as they have struggled through a litany of injuries and general misfortune in their final season before becoming the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for the 2016 season.

Their have been some shining lights in the dark season, as converted pitcher-turned LF Logan Landon emerged as a stellar offensive presence, hitting above .350 with 8 homeruns and 45 RBI's headed into the final series.

The Broncs (20-29-1, 5-19-1 in WAC) though mathematically eliminated from the WAC tournament, which starts next week, are playing for pride now as they hope to cap their illustrious history with one final series victory.

The Wolverines (17-32, 13-12 in WAC) are still very much in the hunt for a WAC title, currently sitting in sixth place with the ability to move up as high as third with a strong showing in their final series of the regular season.

Top six seeds all advance to the WAC tournament in Arizona the week of May 20-23.

UVU opened the scoring in the top of the 1st plating two runs on two hits to open up the games first lead.

UTPA would respond in the home half of the 2nd, capitalizing on a rough patch by Wolverine starter Danny Beddes to score two of their own and pull even at 2-2.

The Broncs took their first lead of the night in the bottom of the fourth, capitalizing on a deep SAC fly by Cole Loncar to score Isaac Gonzalez from third for a 3-2 lead.

UTPA added two more runs on the fifth on a sac bunt by Scott Mercer and a single to left field by Logan Landon to extend their lead to 5-2.

The Wolverines would come battling back in the top of the seventh, behind an RBI sinble by Mark Krueger to cut the deficit to 5-3.

That would end the ninth for Hensen who made the most of his final start overcoming the rough start to, hold the wolverines to just one run and three hits over the next 4.1 innings, putting his team in a position to win.

"I was happy for him, his last outing was a good one," said Mantrana, "I think he can pitch at the next level. It's a good feeling to see him go out on top."

UVU would continue to make the game interesting tacking on an additional run on the top of the 8th on a Jake Marvos single to cut the Broncs lead to just 5-4.

Their rally would end their however, as Mantrana would turn to freshman Johnny Gonzalez who would throw an inspired ninth inning to close out the win.

Hensen would end the night with a career high nine strikeouts, while picking up his third win of the season, which tied for his career best total at UTPA.

"The defense played great behind me," said Hensen, "I love this team, I love this school, whatever I can to help bring a win to team and for this program I'm gonna do it."

The Broncs will close their series on Sunday with a double header beginning at 12:00 from Edinburg Baseball Stadium.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

UTPA Broncs Offense Comes to Life in 5-2 Victory over Northern Colorado (April 25, 2015)



Edinburg, TX - Looking to avenge a ninth inning collapse in Game 1 or their series with Northern Colorado, The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs exploded for a big first inning in route to a 5-2 victory on Saturday for their second WAC win of 2015.

"We've been playing a little bit better the last couple of weekends," said Broncs coach Manny Mantrana, "We gotten some timely hitting, which is important. The bullpen is starting to throw well."

The Broncs (15-24-1, 2-14-1 in WAC) have played some of their best baseball of late after a very rough stretch to open WAC play. Fresh off of devastating ninth inning collapse to open the series, the Broncs struck early an often to secure a pivotal win and avoid series sweep.

The Bears (14-22, 10-7 in WAC) had hoped to continue the momentum from their come ninth inning rally to put the Broncs away early and pick up their fourth WAC series victory.

Northern Colorado opened the scoring in the top of the first one run on a Marco Castilla that scored Reyn Sugai from third.

UTPA would respond in the home half of the inning, scoring four runs on four hits, including a two run single by Victor Garcia Jr, to take a 4-1 lead.

"Any crooked number in any inning is a good thing," said Mantrana, "We were able to jump out early on and held on pretty much the entire game and were in control through all nine innings."

The Bears struck again in the second, capitalizing on a single by Jake Elk to score Nick Tanner from third, and cut the UTPA lead to 4-2.

UTPA would conclude the scoring in the bottom of the seventh, riding a Cole Loncar triple to plate one additional run , extending their lead to 5-2.

Loncar, who has been hitting very well of late, turned in another great 3-4 performance. His emergence has been a welcome addition to the Broncs offense, but it hasn't come easily.

"It been good, I was seeing the ball really big," said Loncar, "I working on a lot of things recently at practice. It's a good feeling."

From their Mantrana will would turn to freshman Johnny Gonzalez in the ninth, and he would make the most of the opportunity, picking up is first career save.

"It feels good," said Gonzalez, "If been pitching really well of late. Hopefully it continues and we keep getting the wins. It feels good, getting our second win in the WAC, we're gonna starign getting it going"

The Broncs will look to pick up their first WAC series win on Sunday when they host the Bears in final game of their series at 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

UTPA Broncs WAC Struggles Continue in 10-8 Loss to Northern Colorado Bears (April 24-25, 2014)




Edinburg, TX - Looking to bounce back from one of the slowest starts in recent history, the University Texas-Pan American Broncs faltered late to the Northern Colorado Bears in a 10-8 lightening delayed slugfest from Edinburg Baseball Stadium.

The Broncs (14-24-1, 1-14-1 in WAC) are 1-2-1 in their last four games after opening the conference season with twelve straight losses. They have yet to win a WAC series in 2015. In their last series, against Chicago State, the Broncs picked up a series split, going 1-1-1.

The Bears (14-21, 10-6 in WAC) are off to one of their best start as a member of the WAC after 4-23 campaign in 2014.

UNC would open the scoring in the top of the first, using a blast by left center by Cole Maltese to open up a 3-0 lead.

UTPA would break onto the board in the home half of the second plating 2 runs on 2 hits. The first run would come on a wild pitch by Spencer Applebach that allowed Correy Davis scamper home for third.

Two batters later, a sacrifice fly by Jacob Huckabay brought Jesus Garcia in to cut the deficit to just 3-2.

The Broncs would tack on four more runs in the bottom of the 3rd, capitalizing on a RBI single by Correy Davis, a bases clearing double by Victor Garcia Jr, and a balk to take a 6-3 lead.

The Bears respond with three runs of their own in the 4th, all of which came on bomb to left by Jensen Park, pulling the match even at 6-6.

UTPA would retake the lead at 8-6 in the home half of the 4th, plating two runs on a sac bunt by Scott Mercer and an RBI single by Cole Loncar.

UNC came raring back in the top of the ninth, plating 4 runs against Broncs closer Andrew Pardon to retake the lead at 10-8.

The Broncs looked prepared to mount a comeback, however, a sudden outbreak of thunder storms would push the game into delay at 10:23 p.m.

The game would not resume until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, when the Broncs put two men on with two outs. The rally would soon falter however as a deep fly out by Victor Garcia Jr. would end the inning and give the Bears the clutch victory.

Game 2 of the series would begin just 15 minutes later.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

UTPA Broncs Drop Series Finale to Seattle University Redhawks 4-0 (March 29, 2015)



Edinburg, TX - In the wake of two sub-par defensive performances to open their first home Western Athletics Conference season, The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs offense fell flat in a hard fought 4-0 loss to the Seattle University Redhawks on Sunday.

Riding a pair of stellar pitching performances, the Broncs and Redhawks would labor through an all out defensive slugfest for six full innings, before a few gently placed hits tore the game open late.

"Like I told them," said Broncs coach Manny Mantrana, "when we are struggling like we are now, that is what's going to happen. It's just a matter of making sure that we keep grinding and we keep working."

The Broncs (11-14, 0-6) are in familiar territory, having been in a similar situation to start WAC play in 2014. They would go on to win six of their next seven weekend series to finish third in the WAC behind runaway leader Sacramento State and emerging power Grand Canyon University.

To keep a similar hope alive they desperately needed to close their series with Seattle on a high note. That hope would need reach fruition, however, as two Redhawk hurlers would combine to hold the UTPA to just three hits in the series ending shutout.

The Redhawks (12-14, 5-1) have been on a complete offensive tear of late, destroying the UTPA pitching staff in the first two games of the series to score 25 runs.

Sunday would be a different story as the Redhawks would fail to bunch together hits against a resurgent UTPA defense that turned three double plays to persevere in the tight contest.

Seattle would open the scoring in the top of the 7th, using a double by Griffin Andreychuk and a single by Griffin Stober, to give the Redhawks a 2-0 lead.

After UTPA made a call to the pen to open the eight, the Redhawks would go to work against reliever Matt Rigby, extending their lead to 4-0 on back-to-back RBI singles.

That lead would be more than enough as Tarik Skubal and Ted Hammond would combine to pitch clean eighth and ninth innings to clinch the series sweep.

Hammond would make a strong argument for pitcher of the week, finishing the game having allowed no runs on three hits in 7.1 innings of work.

"He located the fastball pretty good," said Mantrana, "kept it down on both sides of the plate and really kept us off guard."

Broncs starter Ryan Jackson, would also finish with a great stat line, despite picking up the loss, allowing just two runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings of work.

"I was keeping all my pitches low," said Jackson, "keeping them down at the knees really helped me out."

UTPA will get a day off on Monday before taking the field for game on Tuesday against the Incarnate Word University Cardinals and then a three game series against the Grand Canyon Lopes beginning on Thursday.

Looking at that series Mantrana know his team is in for another hard fought matchup, saying, "Grand Canyon has a really good team. We're gonna have to play better. But, again it's a matter of grinding through this little lull."

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Preview: UTPA Broncs Look to Avoid Sweep in Sunday Matinee Against Seattle Redhawks (May 29, 2015)



Edinburg, TX -  Following back-to-back poor defensive performances, The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs Baseball team will look to remedy what ails them on Sunday when the try to avoid the second straight series sweep in a matinee game against the Seattle Redhawks from Edinburg Baseball Stadium.

The Broncs (11-13 0-5 in WAC) have struggled in almost every aspect of the game accept offensively, a troubling trend given how good they have been historically on defense.

As has been discussed previously, part of those struggles can be attributed to their youth up the middle with freshman Isaac Gonzales starting at shortstop and former shortstop Jesus Garcia now manning the territory at second base.

Gonzalez, who by all accounts should be a more than serviceable starter at shortstop, was thrust in to the starting role right before conference play after the departure of junior college transfer Tony Roque for personal reasons.

He seems to make some of the more difficult plays, but recently started to muff what appear to be standard hard hit balls.

Even after an especially tough pair of outings on Friday and Saturday, his team mates still speak positively about the skills he brings to the field every night.

His partner in the middle infield, Garcia, knows that the struggle can get to any freshman, but had high praise saying, "He's a great player and he's going to do great things. In the end I have confidence in him. Their is not much else you can say about him."

The Redhawks (11-14, 4-1 in WAC) have continued explode from the plate and have sparked a 10-6 run over their last 16 games to pull very close to .500 after an abysmal 1-8 start.

Seattle has shown an innate  ability to plate runs in droves, especially when their team speed is aided by their opponent allowing extra runners on the base paths.

Look for the Redhawks to pull out all the stop offensively as they try to close out the series sweep and capitalize on the Broncs already shaky defensive confidence.

The Broncs to minimize their defensive yips and hope to strike early behind the thunderous bat of Logan Landon, who's among WAC's best at over .400 with 4 HR's and 21 RBI's, and the emergent Correy Davis, 4-4 on Friday, and Jesus Garcia, 3-4 on Saturday, in what has been a solid offensive series.

UTPA turn the ball over to their much harelded freshman righty, Ryan Jackson, as the look to bounced back from this rough stretch.

The Broncs will look once again to break their winless streak against Seattle, which holds a 5-0 advantage dating back to a series sweep early last season.

If you can't make it out to the park catch the live video with UTPA's illustrious duo, Jonah Goldberg and Danny Elizondo here, or follow my live updates on here.

Make sure to check back after the game for a full recap right here on The Box Score Report.

UTPA Broncs Struggle Again in 16-6 Loss to Seattle Redhawks (March 28, 2015)


Edinburg, TX - Following a rough defensive performance that saw them commit five errors, issue five walks, and hit two batters in a 9-6 loss, the University of Texas-Pan American Broncs were plagued by defensive miscues again in a 16-6 loss to the Seattle Redhawks again on Saturday.

"We weren't locating," said Broncs coach Manny Mantra, "they did a really good job of hitting the ball. We didn't make some plays and they played a lot better than we did today."

The Broncs (11-13, 0-5 in WAC) are a team built around good pitching and solid defense, a fact which makes outings like their last two very difficult to manage.

UTPA has seen a much better effort from their offensive production, but that is all for naught when their defense fails to record routine outs.

The Redhawks (11-14, 4-1 in WAC) have likewise seen a dramatic uptick on their offensive production, averaging six runs over their last six games to go 5-1 over that span.

Seattle would continue that streak on Saturday, jumping all over the Broncs in the first to plate a staggering eight runs, and take a huge lead before UTPA even put on their batting helmets.

The inning would open with a sloppy error by freshman shortstop Isaac Gonzalez that allowed Landon Cray to reach base. Following a sac bunt by Griffin Andreychuk, eight of next nine Redhawks would reach base, using five hits, two walks, and a second error to rip the inning wide open.

Seattle would extend its lead to 9-0 in the second, using a Dalton Hurd single to score Brock Carpenter from third.

UTPA broke onto the board in the home half of the second, capitalizing on a lead off walk and a double by Victor Garcia Jr. to but two runs in scoring position with no outs.

 The next two batters, Manny Loredo and Scott Mercer would hit RBI grounders to second, cutting the deficit to 9-2.

The Redhawks would continue their offense assault in the top of the third, plating another run on a double by Sheldon Stober to extend their lead to 10-2.

The Broncs would get that run back in the bottom of the inning, riding a deep sac fly to right by Logan Landon that scored Jesus Garcia from second.

Seattle would come out roaring once again, scoring in their fourth straight inning, to extend their lead to 15-3. The Redhawks capitalized on three walks and three hits to score five more runs in the inning.

The largest of those hits being  a laser triple down the line in left field that cleared the bases with two outs.

UTPA would take another large hunk out of the Redhawks lead in the 5th plating, three more runs on two hits and a costly throwing error to pull within 15-6.

That would be a close as they would get however, as the Seattle added a run in the eight to extend their lead back to 10 runs at 16-6.

Seattle star second baseman Sheldon Stober had possibly the most complete games I've ever seen in quite awhile, going 4-6 with two runs, five RBI and a stolen base to come just a homerun short of hitting for they cycle in the lopsided victory.

Saturday was the second straight night that a player in this series came so close the cycle, after Correy Davis also came just a homerun short on Friday.

The Broncs and Redhawks will finish their series on Sunday with an 11:00 matinee from Edinburg Baseball Stadium.

UTPA will need to dig deep to try and avoid a series sweep by the Redhawks. Mantrana has been unhappy with his teams energy in the series so far noted that he wants his team to come out with more fight saying, "the will to win was much higher in their (Seattle) dugout then the will to win in our dugout. We need to fix that and that is what we spoke about after the game."

Preview: UTPA Broncs Look to Even Their Series with Seattle Redhawks on Saturday (March 18, 2015)


Edinburg, TX -  After a series opening 9-6  loss that saw a flurry of defensive lapses, The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs Baseball team will look to pick of their first conference win of 2015 and event their series with the Seattle Redhawks Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

The Broncs (11-12, 0-4 in WAC) have struggled recently to bring the defensive intensity that was a hallmark to the teams success earlier in the year. Part of those struggles can be attributed to their youth with new faces in both the hot corner and at short stop.

The shortstop position has been especially troublesome, with Freshman Isaac Gonzalez thrust in to the starting role right before conference play after the departure of junior college transfer Tony Roque for personal reason.

Gonzalez has done his best to adjust to the added pressure of being the teams everyday shortstop but the growing pains are still evident.

After an especially tough outing on Friday, Bronc coach Manny Mantrana had positive things to say about his freshman's progress, saying, "He's young, he's still learning, but he is a good quality shortstop and I think the more he plays the better he is going to get."

The Redhawks (10-14, 3-1 in WAC) have started to find their groove, having gone 9-6 of their last 15 games after opening the by dropping seven of their first eight.

Seattle has the ability to plat runs in bunches, especially when their team speed is aided by their opponent allowing runners on the base paths.

Look for the Redhawks to employ of interesting swing and go strategies if UTPA continues to struggle with throwing out runners down the line to first.

Their bullpen is powered by two quality starts in Will Denis and Ted Hammond, who both sport sub 2.00 ERA's. It is of special note that no Seattle reliever has a save in 2015.

The Broncs to try once again, to strike early behind the thunderous bat of Logan Landon, who's among WAC's best at .468 with 4 HR's and 20 RBI's, and the emergent Correy Davis who was a perfect 4-4 on Friday while coming just a HR short of hitting for the cycle.

UTPA is also expecting strong showing from their pair of freshman hurlers, Ryan Jackson and Justin Quinones, as the look to bounced back from rough stretch of their own . Should they need him, closer Andrew Padron and his seven saves should be available all weekend.

The Broncs will look once again to break their winless streak against Seattle, which holds a 4-0 advantage dating back to a series sweep early last season.

If you can't make it out to the park catch the live video with UTPA's illustrious duo, Jonah Goldberg and Danny Elizondo here, or follow my live updates on here.

Make sure to check back after the game for a full recap right here on The Box Score Report.

UTPA Broncs Offense Arrives, But Defense Falters in 9-6 Loss to Seattle University (March 27, 2015)



Edinburg, TX - There are few things as valuable to momentum as a series opening victory. It places a pitching staff, and by association an entire team, in a much better position to secure a series win.

That is exactly what UTPA wanted to do on Friday, but their plans fell just short in a 9-6 loss to the Seattle University Redhawks to open the home portion of their Western Athletics Conference schedule.

"Tonight, offensively we were good," said Broncs coach Manny Mantrana, "We had some really good at bats. Unfortunately our pitching wasn't up to par and neither was our defense. When you don't pitch and you don't play defense it's tough to win."

The Broncs (11-12, 0-4 in WAC) were looking to build upon a thrilling 12-10 victory over Pacific University in their last outing. They were also looking for their first conference victory of 2015 after being swept on the road by Sacramento State to open the WAC season.

The Redhawks  (10-14, 3-1) have rebounded from a very slow start to position themselves among the best team in the WAC early season standings.

Defense was the star in the early going, as UTPA third baseman, Scott Mercer,  turned a pair of highlight reel plays in the top of the 1st, and both squad turned double plays in the first two innings keep the score board clean.

The runs would come in their own time and when they arrived they came in bunches, as both defenses shuttered under the pressure of tension filled situations.

UTPA would open the scoring in the bottom of the third, plating two runs on three hits to open up the a 2-0 lead. All three of those hits would come in order as Isaac Gonzalez, Cole Loncar, and Jesus Garcia led off the inning by reaching base.

Seattle would respond in the top of the fourth, plating three runs on a series walks and an error by the shortstop, to open up a 3-2 lead.

The Broncs would threaten in the bottom half of the inning, following a one out triple by Loncar. Unfortunately, they would be unable to muster a run as Seattle Will Dennis would strike out the next to batters he faced to end the inning.

The Redhawks would tack another run on in the top of the 5th, capitalizing on two hits to extend their lead to 4-2.

Riding their offense flurry, Seattle would tack on another three runs in the top of the sixth to push their lead over UTPA to a comfortable 6-2.

"The biggest thing was, I don't think we were all there on the defensive side," said Davis, "our offensive kind of picked up but it just wasn't enough."

UTPA would cut into that lead on the home half of the seventh, using a clutch single by Logan Landon to score Cole Loncar from third, to pull the score to 6-3.

The Redhawk offense would close it's scoring in the top of the eight, exploding for three more runs on two hits and a costly throwing error to extend their lead once again to 9-3.

That deficit would remain all the way into the bottom of the ninth, when the Broncs headed to the plate for the final time. The inning would go well as the Broncs loaded the bases with two outs before a pair of singles by Scott Mercer and Correy Davis scored three runs to shrink the score to 9-6.

That would be all they could muster, however, as the Redhawks forced a ground out by the next batter to secure the series opening victory.

Correy Davis led all Broncs offensively by going 4-4 with 1 RBI. Davis came just a homerun short of the hitting for the cycle.

"When we brought him (Davis) in, we hoped he would be hitting them with a lot of force," said Mantrana, "He's been working on a few mechanical things, and I think he beginning to figure it out. It was good to see him have a day like this, hopefully he can keep it up."

The Broncs and Redhawks will continue their series on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. when they square off in game two from Edinburg Baseball Stadium.