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UTSA to host Southland Conference Tournament this weekend

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SAN ANTONIO — Fourth-seeded UTSA will serve as the host institution and open play at this weekend's Southland Conference Tournament at 10 a.m. on Thursday against No. 5 Central Arkansas.

The Roadrunners (23-26) will be in search of their third tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. UTSA is 20-21 all-time in tournament action and owns a 9-8 record in tournament games against this year’s field.

On Tuesday, Megan Low was selected as the Southland’s Freshman of the Year to headline a total of seven players that earned all-league accolades. Sophomore Molly Fichtner joined Low on the first team, while senior Ashley Kappler, junior Haylee Staton and freshman Courtney Buchman picked up third-team honors and eniors Caitlyn Ivy and Nikki Goff earned honorable mention laurels.

The Bears (36-20) will be making their first Southland Tournament appearance after setting a program record for wins this season. Central Arkansas placed a league-high eight players on the all-conference squads, including three on the first team. Junior pitcher Kelsie Armstrong leads the circuit in wins (22), strikeouts (246) and innings pitched (220.2) to go along with a 1.68 ERA, while fellow first-teamer Nicole Beals paces the league with 65 hits. The Bears are hitting at a .311 clip and the pitching staff is holding opponents to just a .234 average this spring.

UTSA swept the season series in a doubleheader on April 7. The Roadrunners got a two-hit shutout from Staton in the opener and a run-scoring double lifted the Birds to a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.

The winner will move on to face regular season champion Texas State at 3 p.m. on Thursday and the loser will play in an elimination contest at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Please note that all game times for Thursday have been moved up an hour due to impending rain that is in the weather forecast.

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