Five-run rally carries UTRGV to victory

EDINBURG — UTRGV handed out rally towels to fans attending Friday night’s game against Seattle University.

Those towels were put to good use as the Vaqueros rallied from behind twice to knock off the Redhawks 7-3 in the series opener at UTRGV Baseball Stadium.

The Vaqueros had trouble solving SU left-handed pitcher Jarrod Billig as he carried a shutout into the bottom of the sixth inning. Trailing 2-0, UTRGV’s Elijah Alexander hit a blooper to shallow right-center that landed, allowing Anthony Gomez to cross the plate. Edinburg Vela alum Aaron Galvan followed that with an RBI to knot the game at 2-2 after six.

A sacrifice fly from Seattle gave it the lead once again at 3-2 during the top of the seventh, but UTRGV used the momentum gained the inning prior to hang five more runs on the Redhawks.

UTRGV junior third baseman Tyler Torres and Galvan, the designated hitter, both stepped into the batter’s box with the bases loaded and delivered with two-run singles to rally back and take a 6-3 lead. Freshman Jacob Flores, who was filling in at first base, added an insurance run to give the Vaqueros a 7-3 advantage heading into the eighth inning.

After surrendering two runs in the second inning, UTRGV ace Trevelle Hill found his groove as he pitched seven innings and struck out four batters. The win improves Hill’s record to 7-2.

That set up McAllen Rowe alum Ryan Jackson to close out the game with two innings of work and two Ks. The Vaqueros’ trio of outfielders — Alexander in left, Jacob Hirsh in right and Coleman Grubbs in center — each made huge plays with the bases loaded to help Jackson escape a jam in the eighth.

Galvan finished the game 1 for 4 with three RBIs, while Torres went 1 for 4 with one walk and two RBIs.

The win sends UTRGV to 26-14 overall and 12-4 in Western Athletic Conference play.

The Vaqueros are set to take the field at 6 tonight for the middle-game of their WAC series against Seattle U.