Texas State sweeps Roadrunners in Tuesday twinbill
SAN MARCOS — UTSA dropped both ends of a Tuesday doubleheader at I-35 rival Texas State. The Bobcats rallied for a 2-1 victory in 10 innings in the opener before posting a 6-3 triumph in the nightcap at Bobcat Field.
Freshman Megan Low had four hits, including a 3-for-4 outing in the first game, with a pair of RBIs for the Roadrunners (20-24, 9-7 SLC).
Meanwhile, Chandler Hall collected three hits to go along with a complete-game victory in the opener for the Southland Conference-leading Bobcats (31-15, 14-2 SLC).
Hall and UTSA starter Haylee Staton dominated from the pitcher’s circle in game one.
Staton did not allow a hit until Hall’s single through the right side to start the fifth inning, while Hall matched her output and neither team was able to score until the international tie-breaker rules came into play to start the final inning.
The Roadrunners struck first when senior Ashley Kappler delivered a two-out RBI-double down the left-field line. The blast rolled all the way to the wall and plated sophomore Siera Sproul, who opened the frame on second base.
However, it was not enough to hold off Texas State, as it got a two-run two-bagger from Courtney Harris in the bottom of the frame.
Staton (12-6) was saddled with the loss despite striking out six and allowing just two runs on three hits in a career-high 9.1 innings. The runs also ended a stretch of 22.1 consecutive scoreless frames for the Austin native.
Hall (18-6) allowed her lone run on seven hits and a walk to go along with 13 strikeouts.
The Bobcats got their offense going early in second game with a pair of runs on a two-out double in the second. The lead grew to six after a four-run fifth that was aided by two errors and run-scoring hits by Hall and Allison Snow.
The Roadrunners chopped the deficit in half with a three-run sixth, as Low plated a pair with a single to left field and freshman Courtney Buchman’s single brought her home.
Texas State starter Anne Marie Taylor (13-8) shut down UTSA in the seventh to close out the three-run victory. Taylor surrendered just one earned run on five hits, while junior Alyssa Vordenbaum (3-10) lasted 4.2 frames after giving up all six runs.
UTSA will return home this weekend for a two-game Southland series against Nicholls (12-27, 6-8 SLC). The teams will meet at 6 p.m. on Friday before a 2 p.m. tilt the following afternoon, which will be Senior Day at Roadrunner Field.