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Four Roadrunners selected for Major League Baseball first-year player draft

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(June 11, 2014) -- UTSA saw four players selected Saturday during the final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. That tied the program record set back in 1995, as Justin Anderson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/14th round), John Bormann (Angels/19th round), Matt Sims (Atlanta Braves/28th round), and Michael Kraft (Toronto Blue Jays/37th round) each had their name called.

Anderson, a junior right-handed pitcher from Houston, became just the eighth UTSA player drafted in the first 15 rounds of the draft. He finished his junior campaign by tossing eight shutout innings in a win against Southern Miss in the Conference USA Tournament to send the Roadrunners to the league's championship game.

Five rounds later, Bormann, a junior catcher from Seguin, became the second Roadrunner drafted by the Angels for the second consecutive year. Riley Good (13th round) and Clint Sharp (38th round) both were picked by the Angels last June. Bormann led Conference USA with 13 pickoffs and threw out 24 base stealers this past spring.

Both Anderson and Bormann earned C-USA All-Tournament honors following UTSA’s runner-up finish to Rice in Hattiesburg, Miss.

UTSA's all-time appearances leader Matt Sims was the next Roadrunner to be picked. Sims, a senior reliever from Cypress, finished his career with 20 career saves (No. 2 school history) and he ranks second all-time in lowest opponent batting average and third all-time in strikeouts per nine innings. Sims is the first-ever Roadrunner to be drafted by the Braves.

Kraft was the final UTSA player picked, as the Blue Jays selected the senior left-hander from San Antonio. He completed his senior season with a 2.04 ERA and leaves with 15 career victories on the hill, a figure that is tied for eighth in program annals.

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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