UTSA holds off FIU in Sunday’s series finale, 8-5
MIAMI, Fla. — Jori Fox went 2-for-3 with a home run and tied a season-high with four RBIs to help UTSA hold off FIU, 8-5, in the series finale on Sunday at FIU Stadium.
The San Antonio native also doubled for the Roadrunners (20-23, 7-8 C-USA), while Siera Sproul and Vivian Tijerina also homered. Chelsea Parker picked up the win after allowing three unearned runs in five innings and Kacy Freeze earned her first save with four strikeouts over the final two frames.
Marisa McGregor drove in a pair of runs for the Panthers (27-16, 9-6 C-USA) to go along with Rachel Slowik’s three-hit performance. Corinne Jenkins took the loss after allowing four runs on three hits with two walks in an inning of work.
After scoring just one run in nine innings against Jenkins a day ago, UTSA put up three runs in the first panel.
Megan Low started the rally with a double to the wall in center, which extended her reached-base streak to 25 games, and she came around to score on Jori Fox’s two-bagger to the gap in left center for a quick 1-0 advantage. Tijerina then stepped to the plate and took the fourth pitch of her at-bat over the wall in left for her sixth homer of the season and a 3-0 lead.
FIU threatened in the bottom of the inning, but Chelsea Parker got out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the Panthers at bay.
Fox extended the Roadrunners’ lead an inning later with the help of an FIU error. Madison Kinley reached base after getting hit by a pitch and moved to third when Jenkins threw wild to first on a sacrifice bunt attempt from Darian Blake. The Panthers then elected to intentionally walk Low to load the bases with no outs before bringing in reliever Shelby Graves.
After Graves got a strikeout, Fox lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Kinley for UTSA’s fourth run of the game.
FIU got a run back in the third on Krystal Garcia’s two-out single through the left side to slice the UTSA advantage to 4-1.
In the fourth, the Roadrunners struck for three more runs off a pair of homers to grab a 7-1 lead. After Graves retired Low to start the frame, Jolene Graham laced a double down the third base line and scored on Fox’s ninth homer of the season. Two batters later, Siera Sproul smashed her eighth round-tripper of the spring and the third homer for UTSA on the day.
After the Panthers cut the Roadrunners’ lead to 7-2 on Bre Kaye’s RBI grounder in the bottom of the fourth, Blake got the run back an inning later with a single to right center that plated pinch runner Victoria Birdwell.
However, FIU would not go away and scored three more runs, including a pair that were unearned, in the fifth for an 8-5 score and a leadoff double from Rebekah Sanchez in the sixth chased Parker from the contest.
Freeze got a pair of strikeouts and a fly out to end the sixth and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh with two more punchouts en route to the save.
The Roadrunners will be back in action for a 2 p.m. doubleheader against No. 15 Tulsa (37-5, 11-2 C-USA) on Friday, April 18, at Roadrunner Field.