Omaha finishes perfect UTSA Mid-Major Classic run with 4-1 victory against Roadrunners
SAN ANTONIO — Megan Low hit her team-leading eighth home run of the year, but Omaha plated three runs in the first extra frame to slip past UTSA, 4-1, in eight innings in the final game of this weekend's UTSA Mid-Major Classic on Sunday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.
With the win, the Mavericks improved to 11-3 on the season and finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 mark, while the Roadrunners dropped to 7-8 overall and 3-2 in the event.
Low’s blast was a solo shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning that answered a solo homer by Campbell Ditto to left center in the top of the panel. Those long balls made it 1-1 and were the only runs scored through the first seven innings.
With the international tiebreaker rule in effect in the top of the eighth, Omaha plated three runs on three hits to take a 4-1 advantage. Allie Mathewson tripled to the corner in right field to send pinch-runner Megan Stegman home from second with the go-ahead run. After a walk to Lia Mancuso, Ditto lifted a single just in front of UTSA center fielder Jade Smith to send Mathewson in. The Mavericks cushioned their lead to three with a base hit up the middle by Amber Lutmer that scored Mancuso.
In the bottom of the eighth, a line drive off the bat of Jori Fox doubled off the runner at second and Omaha starting pitcher Dana Elsasser coaxed a fly ball to short left field to end the game.
Elsasser (8-1) struck out four and scattered five hits in going the distance for the Mavericks. Campbell led the way at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Kacy Freeze (4-4) fanned seven and allowed two earned runs on just three hits in the loss. Fox, Tess Soefje, Victoria Birdwell and Madison Kinley joined Low, who was intentionally walked twice, in the hit column.
The Roadrunners will return to the field next weekend when the travel to Gulfport, Miss., to compete at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic. The three-day tournament is scheduled to start on Friday, Feb. 28.