SAN ANTONIO — Jori Fox hit UTSA’s third grand slam of the weekend to help the Roadrunners finish off a three-game sweep of Lamar with a 10-9 victory on Sunday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.
Fox’s pinch-hit blast came in the third inning for the Roadrunners, who started a season with three consecutive wins for the fifth time in program history and first since 2006, and her four RBIs tied a career high. Courtney Buchman, Angelica Niño and Siera Sproul all drove in runs, while Kacy Freeze picked up her first win of the season after notching three strikeouts in two innings of relief.
UTSA starter Chelsea Parker held the Lady Cardinals (0-3) scoreless through the first three innings and the Roadrunners jumped out to a 6-0 lead with runs in each panel.
Alexis Ramirez opened the bottom of the first with a single through the right side and moved to second on Niño’s sacrifice bunt. Following a walk to Megan Low and a fly out, Sproul put UTSA on the board with an RBI single to left center.
The Roadrunners turned another leadoff hit into a run an inning later. This time it was Madison Kinley who placed a single to right center and moved into scoring position on Jade Smith’s bunt hit. Two batters later, Niño picked up her second RBI of the series with a knock to left.
The advantage grew to 6-0 in the third, when a walk, error and hit batter set the table for Fox, who came in to pinch-hit for Smith. The senior from San Antonio worked the count full before circling the bases on a blast to right center for the second grand slam of her career.
The Lady Cardinals ended the shutout in the fourth when Beverly Corry and Ashley McDowell, who finished the game with four RBIs, hit back-to-back solo home runs that chased Parker from the game.
UTSA nearly ended the contest in the bottom of the panel with runs that scored via error and a steal before Buchman doubled home Jolene Graham for a 9-2 lead. Kinley tried to score from first on the play, but was thrown out at home to deny the Roadrunners a second run-rule victory in the series.
With new life, Lamar put a dent in the UTSA lead with five runs in the fifth to pull within 9-7 and Tina Schulz tied the score in the sixth with a single down the right field line to score Stephanie Meeuwsen and Julianne Viator.
The Roadrunners would take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning by coaxing four walks against Lamar reliever Shannon Millman. Free passes to Sproul, Graham and Buchman loaded the bases and, with two outs, Alyssa Cummings walked on four consecutive pitches to drive in the game-winning run.
Freeze, who relieved Parker in the sixth, retired the Lady Cardinals in order in the seventh to finish the sweep.
Millman took the loss for Lamar and dropped to 0-2 on the campaign after tossing two hitless innings and recording four walks and two strikeouts. Meanwhile, Freeze struck out three and allowed two hits in the win.
The Roadrunners will play their first road game of the season at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at No. 10 Texas (4-2).