Roadrunners topple Bryant, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on second day of UTSA Mid-Major Classic
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA hit five home runs and pounded out 21 hits to score victories against Bryant and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday's second day of the UTSA Mid-Major Classic.
The Roadrunners (7-7) started the day with an 8-5 win over the Bulldogs (0-4) and then moved back to .500 on the season with a 10-4 triumph against the Islanders (3-10) in the final game of the day.
Megan Low hit two home runs and drove in four runs on the day, while Jori Fox also plated four to help power the UTSA offense. Low's seven home runs on the campaign are a new career best, as the junior hit five in each of her first two seasons.
In the circle, Kacy Freeze came on in relief of both contests and picked up a pair of wins to move to 4-3 this spring.
The Roadrunners will conclude tournament play at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday when they face Omaha (10-3), which is a perfect 4-0 this weekend, including a 3-1 victory against UTSA on Friday night.
Game 1: UTSA 8, Bryant 5
UTSA erased a one-run deficit with six scores in the bottom of the fourth to register an 8-5 win over Bryant in its first game of the day.
Courtney Buchman and Siera Sproul each homered for the Roadrunners, while Kacy Freeze tossed four innings in relief for her third victory of the season. Jori Fox also aided the offense with a pair of hits and RBIs.
Meanwhile, Elle Madsen went 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs at the plate and threw all six innings in the circle for the Bulldogs.
Buchman quickly put UTSA ahead in the first, with a leadoff home run to center field. The blast was just the second of her career and came on the fourth pitch from Madsen.
The Roadrunners tacked on a run in the third when Sproul started the frame with a solo shot of her own. It was the second round-tripper for the senior and UTSA took a 2-0 lead to the fourth.
However, Bryant would not go away as it scored three runs and chased starter Chelsea Parker from contest.
That's when the Roadrunners answered with their big inning, which featured six runs on just four hits.
Jade Smith plated a run to tie the score, 3-3, with a hit to right center before Megan Low's two-RBI double put the home squad ahead for good. Two batters later, Fox drove in pinch runner Angelica Niño and Sproul with a two-bagger to the gap in left center and Victoria Birdwell drove in a run to cap the inning.
The Bulldogs would tack on two runs against Freeze in the fifth to pull within 8-5, but managed just one hit against the sophomore in the final two frames.
Game 2: UTSA 10, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4
Megan Low hit two solo home runs and UTSA totaled 13 hits in a 10-4 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the final game of the day.
In addition to Low's blasts, Jori Fox hit a two-run homer, while Courtney Buchman and Jade Smith each collected a pair of hits. Kacy Freeze worked four perfect innings in relief and recorded three strikeouts for her second win of the day.
Meanwhile, Mickayla Cochran went 1-for-4 and drove in two runs for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Liz Carter took the loss after allowing six earned runs on 11 hits.
After the Islanders opened the scoring with a run in the first, the Roadrunners answered with a pair of runs in their half of the frame.
Low took the first pitch that she saw out to left field for her sixth home run of the season before Cosette Hernandez lined a two-out RBI single up the middle for a 2-1 lead.
The advantage grew to 6-1 when the Birds tacked on four runs in the second.
Smith opened the inning with a single and moved to scoring position on a throwing error before touching home on Buchman's single to center. The junior would later steal home after a hit by Siera Sproul and Fox followed with a two-run shot to left to cap the scoring.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi trimmed the lead to 6-4 with a three-spot in the third, but UTSA put the game away with a run in the bottom of the inning, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
After coming on in the fourth, Freeze shut down the Islanders with only one runner reaching base on an error.