SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will open Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play this weekend when it travels north on I-35 to face Texas State at Bobcat Softball Stadium. The three-game series begins with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Friday before a 1 p.m. tilt the following day.
The Roadrunners (15-12) will close an 11-game road swing this weekend. The UTSA offense, which is tied for second in the WAC with a .291 batting average, is led by sophomore Megan Low. The Spring native enters the weekend with a .424 average, which ranks just behind San Jose State’s Markesha Collins’ .425 mark, while her .604 on-base percentage leads the circuit and ranks fifth in the nation. Low also paces the league with a .727 slugging percentage, eight doubles and 22 walks.
Junior Siera Sproul, one of five players hitting at least .300 for the Roadrunners, ranks second on the team at .365. The Liberty Hill native is batting .438 (14-for-32) with four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs in her last 10 games. She was named WAC Hitter of the Week last Monday and hit a grand slam en route to a career-high five RBIs in UTSA’s win against Northern Colorado last Saturday at the Nevada Classic.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats (5-22) have dropped eight of their last 10 contests with their lone wins coming against Troy and Sacramento State. Texas State, the preseason conference favorites, is led by Haley Lemons’ .306 batting average. The senior from Rockwall has seven doubles with a homer and eight RBIs, while Courtney Harris has driven home a team-leading 18 runs. Ashley Wright has started 15 of the team’s 27 games in the circle and is 3-9 with a 4.78 ERA. The staff has a 4.46 ERA and opponents are batting .306 against the Bobcats.
Texas State leads the all-time series 38-33, including a 22-10 edge in San Marcos, and it has won the last four meetings. The teams played three times last season, two of which were decided by one run.