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SAN ANTONIO — Marshall baseball nearly pulled off a series win over one of Conference USA’s best teams, but the Herd couldn’t hold off UTSA in the end.

UTSA scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to overcome a deficit, earning a walkoff 5-4 win over the Thundering Herd in San Antonio on Sunday afternoon.

Marshall (20-26-1, 9-15 C-USA) led 4-3 going into the final inning, but UTSA was able to get to Herd closer Ryan Capuano.

Capuano recorded the first out, but a walk and a single preceded a wild pitch that gave UTSA (32-16, 16-8 C-USA) runners on second and third with one out. Josh Killeen hit a sacrifice fly to tie it up at 4 while producing the second out.

Marshall had a chance to force extra innings, but with the game on the line, UTSA’s Shane Sirdashney delivered a single up the middle to plate Austin Ochoa with the game-winning run, giving the Roadrunners the win and the series.

UTSA jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Marshall plated three runs in the second inning. Travis Sankovich’s double scored Daniel Carinci before Luke Edwards brought Sankovich and Geordon Blanton home with a two-run double to produce a 3-2 advantage in the second inning.

The lead stayed there until the top of the fifth inning when Kyle Schaefer towered a solo home run to center field to bump the lead to 4-2.

However, Killeen’s RBI single in the bottom of the frame brought it back to a one-run game.

Marshall out-hit UTSA 12-7 in the contest with Sankovich, Edwards, Carinci and Ryan Leitch each having two hits apiece.

The Herd left 11 runners on base in the loss, though.

Marshall returns to action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with a contest at Morehead State. The Herd’s next C-USA action will be in next weekend’s three-game series at Old Dominion, starting Friday.

Grant Traylor is the sports editor of The Herald-Dispatch, who also covers Marshall athletics for HD Media. Follow him on Twitter @GrantTraylor.

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