SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will look to stay perfect in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play this weekend when it hosts fellow league-leader San Jose State at Roadrunner Field. The three-game series will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday night and conclude with a 4 p.m. doubleheader the following day.
The Roadrunners (18-12, 3-0 WAC) are coming off their first sweep of Texas State since 2004 and first in San Marcos since 1996. Vivian Tijerina led UTSA wemt 5-for-8 (.625) with three RBIs in the series sweep and she was named WAC Hitter of the Week on Monday. Megan Low also drove in three runs and tied Tijerina for the team lead with her fifth homer to help back a strong performance from the pitching staff. Hurlers Haylee Staton and Alyssa Vordenbaum allowed just two unearned runs in 21 innings to lower their ERAs to 2.34 and 2.45, respectively. Staton earned a pair of victories, while Vordenbaum grabbed a win and her second save of the season.
Low continues to pace the UTSA offense with a .400 batting average and she leads the team in eight offensive categories. The lineup features five other players hitting at least .300, including Siera Sproul (.366), Tijerina (.339), Alexis Ramirez (.324), Jolene Graham (.322) and Darian Blake (.301). The Birds enter the weekend with a .290 team batting average, which ranks third in the league, and they also boast the second-best team ERA at 2.67.
Meanwhile, the Spartans (24-10, 3-0 WAC) come to the Alamo City with a 10-game winning streak after sweeping Utah State last weekend and a pair of wins against Sacramento State this week.
San Jose State’s 2.80 ERA and .289 batting average rank third and fourth in the league, respectively. Markesha Collins paces the squad with a .387 average to go along with five homers and 24 RBIs, while Cheryl Freitas is hitting .363 with a pair of round-trippers and 21 RBIs. In the circle, Amanda Pridmore is second in the league with a 1.86 ERA and her 15 wins are tied with UT Arlington's Teri Lyles for the most in the circuit.
This weekend will mark the first meetings between the teams.