UTSA to play at Texas A&M Invitational this weekend
SAN ANTONIO — Coming off a doubleheader sweep of North Texas on Wednesday night, UTSA will be back in action this weekend at the four-team Texas A&M Invitational in College Station.
The Roadrunners (6-4) will open play at 12:15 p.m. on Friday against former Southland Conference foe Southeastern Louisiana (8-2) before a 3 p.m. matchup against No. 10 Texas A&M (12-0). On Saturday, UTSA will face the Lady Lions and Aggies again at 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., respectively, and it will conclude tournament play the next morning with a 10 a.m. tilt with Purdue (5-5).
Megan Low went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs, while Darian Blake had a team-high five hits in Wednesday's sweep of the Mean Green. Low took over the team lead for RBIs with 14, which ranks second in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Spring native leads the circuit with a .649 on-base percentage in addition to ranking second in batting average (.500) and slugging percentage (.962). Meanwhile, Alexis Ramirez leads the WAC in walks (9) and is second with seven stolen bases. As a team, the Roadrunners are second in the conference with a .332 batting average and 2.41 ERA.
Southeastern Louisiana enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak. The Lady Lions went 4-1 at last weekend's Jimmy John’s Classic II in Hammond, La. Amber Sather leads the offense, which is hitting .258 as a group, with a .444 average, three homers and 13 RBIs. In the circle, Katie Morse (0.64), Taylor Bishop (0.68) and Rachael Hellyer (0.93) each have ERAs less than 1.00 and Hellyer sports a perfect 3-0 mark.
Texas A&M will be hosting its second home tournament of the spring this weekend after sweeping Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday. The Aggies, who are hitting .352 as a team, have notched wins against 19th-ranked UCLA and No. 23 North Carolina this season. Emily Albus leads the team and ranks 10th in the Southeastern Conference with a .474 batting average, while Nicole Morgan (.447) and Brittany Clopton (.444) are hitting better than .400. In the circle, Mel Dumezich is 8-0 with a 0.61 ERA and tossed her first career no-hitter against the Ladyjacks on Wednesday.
Purdue is coming off a 3-2 mark at the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucscon, Ariz. The Boilermakers defeated future UTSA opponent Utah State, Drake and Southern Utah and dropped one-run games to Arizona and Nebraska. Andie Varsho leads the team with a .424 average to go along with six RBIs. Lindsey Rains and Danielle Fletcher have the squad's only home runs. Lilly Fecho has seen the most time in the circle and she has a 2-2 record with a save in 28 innings of work to go along with a 2.00 ERA and staff-leading 18 strikeouts.
UTSA leads the all-time series against Southeastern Louisiana, 33-14, while Texas A&M holds a 30-6 all-time advantage against the Roadrunners. Purdue has won both of its previous meetings against UTSA, with the last victory coming on Feb. 20, 2010.