Roadrunners rally past Islanders on Wednesday night, 3-2
SAN ANTONIO — Tess Soefje’s solo home run in the bottom of the sixth lifted UTSA to a 3-2 victory against visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday night at Roadrunner Field.
In addition to Soefje’s third homer of the season, Vivian Tijerina also had a solo blast in the fourth to aid the comeback for the Roadrunners (13-17). In the circle, Kacy Freeze improved to 8-6 after she scattered five hits and allowed a pair of unearned runs with a strikeout, while Chelsea Parker picked up the first save for any UTSA hurler with a perfect seventh inning.
Valerie Perez led the Islanders (7-20) with a hit and RBI. Liz Carter struck out five in six innings and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, but fell to 6-9 on the spring.
UTSA miscues aided both runs for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, beginning with a passed ball that allowed Mickayla Cochran to touch home in the top of the first.
Two innings later, Dani Tefft reached base on a two-out infield single before stealing second. On the steal, a throwing error allowed the speedster to get to third and she would score on Perez’s single to right center.
However, the Roadrunners needed just two batters to split the 2-0 deficit in half in the bottom of the third.
Jade Smith picked up UTSA’s first hit with a single up the middle and she moved to scoring position on a wild pitch. Megan Low followed with a knock to left-center field to plate Smith and register her team-leading 25th RBI of the campaign.
The Roadrunners then went to the long ball to complete the rally, as Tijerina blasted a one-out homer to right-center field that knotted the score before Soefje’s game-winner came with two outs in the sixth.
Parker came on in relief and got three grounders to end the contest and notch her first collegiate save.
UTSA will be back in action on Wednesday, March 26 with a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Houston Baptist (6-14) at Roadrunner Field.