AUSTIN —The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs led, were tied with or were within one run of the No. 18 University of Texas Longhorns for five innings during the middle of the game in a 9-5 loss on Wednesday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Roger Bernal went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored to raise his NCAA-leading batting average to .494.
The Longhorns (14-9) led 4-0 after six batters had faced Broncs (12-6) starter Bryan Maxwell. Jonathan Walsh hit a two-run triple and, after a Brooks Marlow walk, scored on a wild pitch. Alex Silver followed with an RBI-double to cap the inning.
The Broncs responded right away as Adrian de la Rosa hit a two-out RBI-double in the top of the second to make it 4-1.
One inning later, Vincent Mejia hit a three-run home run, his third of the season, to tie the game. Mission-native Angel Ibanez tripled and scored on a groundout by Mike McCarthy to put the Broncs ahead 5-4.
That was all the Broncs got, however, as Hoby Milner (5-3) took over in the fourth and pitched six scoreless innings, striking out eight while allowing two hits and two walks.
The Longhorns tied the game in the fourth on a two-out RBI-double by Jordan Etier against Dylan Badura (1-1) in the fourth. They took the lead in the sixth. After loading the bases with no one out, Etier hit into a double play to score Landon Steinhagen to make it 6-5.
The Longhorns put the game away in the eighth when Walsh hit a three-run home run. Walsh finished a double short of the cycle.