Home invasion suspect is UTSA star baseball player

Daniel Rockett’s alleged victim is UTSA track team member

UTSA star baseball player Daniel Rockett, 22, is named as the suspect in a home invasion and beating which also involved a member of the school’s track team as the victim.

Rockett was arrested Monday on a charge of burglary with the intent to commit assault.

An arrest warrant affidavit stated that Brady Hand, a member of UTSA’s track team, reported the attack to San Antonio police Monday.

It stated that Hand told investigators he opened the door after someone began knocking and ringing his bell repeatedly, and four men pushed their way inside his apartment in the 14300 block of Babcock Road.

He told police he was beaten and left with pain in his neck and back, the affidavit stated.

Hand identified all of the men as members of UTSA’s baseball team, but witnesses said Rockett was the only one to take part in the beating, the affidavit stated.

A unidentified teammate answered the door of the apartment Tuesday morning, saying he could not comment on the incident.

“We were told not to talk to the press (by) my coach. I'm sorry,” he said.

The affidavit, however, offers insight into the reason for the alleged attack.

It stated that Hand told police he’d been dating Rockett’s ex-girlfriend, and the baseball player was angry about that.

Last week, Rockett was in the spotlight for a different reason -- recognized for his hitting on the baseball field.

The Western Athletic Conference named him “Player of the Week,” for the week of Feb. 25-March 3.

Police would not comment on whether they plan to pursue charges against any of Rockett’s teammates.

Calls to the coaches of UTSA’s baseball and track teams, as well as to the Office of University Communications went unanswered Tuesday.

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