SAN ANTONIO — Nicholls scored three runs in the top of the ninth to break open a tie games and the Colonels handed UTSA a 6-3 setback on Friday night at Roadrunner Field.
Senior Caitlyn Ivy went 3-for-3, including a solo home run to tie the game in the seventh, for the Roadrunners (20-25, 9-8 SLC), who played extra innings for the third time in their last four contests.
Meanwhile, Ashley Ray plated the game-winning runs with a single to right center for the Colonels (13-27, 7-8 SLC) to cap a 2-for-3 night at the plate.
UTSA got on the board early when sophomore Molly Fichtner hit a solo homer to left center in the first. The blast off Katie Moulder was her third of the season, but the 1-0 lead proved to be the Roadrunners’ final advantage of the game.
Nicholls, which stranded 16 runners on the night, left the bases loaded in the third before scoring a run in the fifth and sixth to take a 2-1 lead. Rachel Moore’s bases loaded walk brought home the Colonels’ first run an inning before Megan Gaspard plated a runner with a single to left center.
The Roadrunners tied things up in their half of the sixth when senior Laura Little lined a two-out double off the fence in left center to score sophomore Jori Fox all the way from first base.
However, Nicholls scored again in the seventh for a 3-2 advantage.
With the Birds down to their final three outs, Ivy came through with a one-out solo shot to right center to tie the game. UTSA went on to load the bases with one out, but it was unable to scratch across the winning run.
After a scoreless eighth, Nicholls took the lead for good when Ray drove in a pair on her second hit of the night. Before time was called on the play, Ashley Bertot caught the defense napping and raced from third to home to make it 6-3.
Reliever Ashton Bennett picked up her first save of the season with a perfect ninth after Moulder (6-14) allowed three runs through the first eight frames.
Senior Morgan Luksa (4-7) took the loss for UTSA.
The series concludes at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the Roadrunners will honor their seniors prior to first pitch.