SAN ANTONIO —
UTSA will play its final home series of the season this weekend against Nicholls. The set begins with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Friday that will serve as the third annual Strike Out Cancer Day and it will conclude the following day with a noon contest for Senior Day.
The Roadrunners (22-23, 12-12 SLC) had a five-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday at No. 14 Baylor. Junior Caitlyn Ivy continued her hot streak at the plate, reaching base in all three of her plate appearances with a double and pair of walks. The Huntington native went 8-for-17 (.471) last week en route to Southland Conference Hitter of the Week accolades.
The Colonels (9-30, 2-15 SLC) have lost 10 consecutive games and have yet to reach the win column in the month of April. Ashely Ray's .315 average is second on the squad, while her nine home runs rank second in the league. Ashton Bennett owns a 3.13 ERA and 5-13 record pace a pitching staff that owns a collective 4.38 ERA.
UTSA leads the all-time series, 35-27, and it has won three of the last four meetings. Nicholls avoided a sweep with a 6-0 victory in last season's series finale. The Roadrunners will look to improve on a 16-9 mark against the Colonels in the Alamo City.
UTSA will be selling ribbons and T-shirts, as well as accepting donations and pledges per strikeout to benefit the San Antonio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Firday in honor of former player Hope Ortiz, who passed away after an eight-month battle with leukemia in 2008. Meanwhile, Danye Holmes, Emily Humpal, Kristin Kappler and Carrie Monroe will be honored prior to Saturday's finale for their contributions to the program.