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Courtesy: Jeff Huehn/UTSA Athletics

UTSA outlasts UT Arlington on Saturday for series sweep

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SAN ANTONIO — Senior Ashley Kappler’s double in the 10th inning lifted UTSA to a 2-1 victory against UT Arlington in its annual Strike Out Cancer game on Saturday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.

Junior Haylee Staton (12-5) tossed six shutout innings of relief for her second victory in as many days to help the Roadrunners improve to 20-22 overall and 9-5 in Southland Conference play. The Mavericks dropped to 13-21 (3-9 SLC).

Junior Samantha Beeson put the Roadrunners on the board in the second with the first triple of her career. The Austin native’s line drive was just out of the reach of center fielder Stephanie Gonzalez and it allowed senior Nikki Goff, who led off the frame with a walk, to come home with the contest's first run.

Erica LeFlore gave UT Arlington its first and only run of the series two innings later when she connected on her fifth homer of the season to start the stanza.

Both teams loaded the bases in extra frames, but neither opportunity resulted in runs being scored.

Freshman Geena Garcia and sophomore Molly Fichtner singled before freshman Megan Low was hit by a pitch in the eighth, but Callie Collins coaxed a fielder's choice grounder for a force out at home before the inning came to an end with a fly out.

UT Arlington had its chance in the 10th when Courtney Zink started the frame on second base and Gonzalez laid down a bunt single. A two-out walk to Charne Office loaded the bases for Kelsey Kaiser, who hit a shot to the left side that was scooped up on a diving play by Goff to end the threat.

With Garcia starting the home half of the panel in scoring position, Kappler wasted no time in finishing off the weekend sweep with a leadoff double to right center. Garcia came around to score, as UTSA improved to 2-1 in extra-inning games this spring.

Staton allowed three hits and walked four in her six innings of relief, while Collins (6-11) went the distance for the Mavericks.

The Roadrunners will return to the diamond on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. doubleheader at I-35 rival Texas State (29-15, 12-2 SLC).

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