UTSA hits three home runs in 11-3 victory against Nicholls
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA hit three home runs, pounded out 14 hits and scored in each inning but the second en route to an 11-3 run-rule victory against Nicholls on Saturday at Roadrunner Field.
Senior Nikki Goff went 2-for-4, including a three-run home run in the first, and she tied a career-high with four RBIs, as the Roadrunners improved to 21-25 overall and 10-8 in Southland Conference play.
Leah Andrus collected a pair of hits and RBIs to lead the Colonels (13-28, 7-9 SLC).
Nicholls jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on run-scoring hits by Megan Gaspard and Andrus. However, it proved to be the Colonels’ last advantage of the afternoon, as UTSA plated five runs before recording an out in the bottom half of the frame.
Senior Ashley Kappler started the rally with a single up the middle, while a walk to sophomore Molly Fichtner and single by freshman Megan Low loaded the bases for senior Caitlyn Ivy. Ivy worked the count full before lining a two-run single to right center to tie the score. Goff followed with her fifth homer of the season to clear the bases and give the Roadrunners an insurmountable 5-2 lead.
Andrus’ RBI double to left center in the third pulled Nicholls to within two at 5-3, but freshman Courtney Buchman hit a solo home run to right center to regain a three-run lead in the bottom of the panel.
UTSA added a run in the fourth on Low’s sacrifice fly and two runs in both the fifth and sixth for the eight-run triumph.
Senior Alaina Byars provided the Roadrunners’ runs in the fifth with a two-run homer, while run-scoring singles by Goff and junior Samantha Beeson plated UTSA’s final tallies in the sixth.
Junior Haylee Staton (13-6) allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits in her six frames of work. The Austin native struck out eight, while issuing just one walk.
Ashton Bennett (7-9) took the loss for the Colonels.
UTSA will play its final regular season home contest at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday when it hosts Houston (29-21).