Roadrunners down Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday afternoon, 6-2
CORPUS CHRISTI — Jori Fox and Jolene Graham combined for four hits and five RBIs as UTSA defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Chapman Field.
Fox singled and tripled for the Roadrunners, who improved to 17-19 on the season and took their third win over the Islanders (7-28) this spring. Graham added a two-RBI double, while Kacy Freeze scored her 10th win after allowing one unearned run in five innings of relief.
UTSA got on the board early by putting a pair of runners on base to start the game. Megan Low collected her 10th double of the season and Graham put runners on the corners with a single to right. Fox then grabbed her first RBI of the day with a hard groundout that ricocheted off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pitcher Liz Carter.
However, Carter even the score with an RBI double to left an inning later, before UTSA took the lead for good in the fifth.
A one-out walk to Low helped start the rally. Pinch runner Angelica Niño stole second and came around to score on Fox’s two-out triple. Cosette Hernandez pushed the lead to 3-1 by beating out an infield single that allowed Fox to touch home.
But once again the Islanders responded with a run in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Roadrunners broke the game open with three runs in the third, all of which came with two outs.
Taylor Oberg and Jade Smith both reached with hits and stood at second and third with two down. Graham came through with a double ripped down the third base line to score both and Fox’s single to center allowed the senior to touch the plate for the 6-2 advantage.
The Islanders loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but Freeze got out of the jam with a grounder and retired the side in the seventh for the win.
Carter took the loss for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi after allowing nine hits and six runs to go along with two walks and a season-high eight strikeouts.
UTSA will be back in action at 2 p.m. on Saturday, when it hosts Charlotte (10-15, 2-7 C-USA) in a doubleheader. The games will be part of the Roadrunners’ annual Strike Out Cancer Day, with proceeds benefitting the San Antonio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.