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Roadrunners split pair on opening day of Aggie Classic

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COLLEGE STATION — Freshman Geena Garcia hit the game-winning home run and threw out the potential tying run at the plate to preserve a 2-1 victory against North Carolina State in game two of Friday's Aggie Classic and that helped the Roadrunners rebound from a heart-breaking 7-6 setback to Tulsa in  the opener.

Senior Caitlyn Ivy went 5-for-7 on the day with a pair of RBIs, while junior Haylee Staton earned a win in the circle to aid UTSA, which improved to 4-5 on the young season.

The Roadrunners showed patience at the plate in its second contest of the day, as Wolfpack starter Jade Henning walked the first three batters she faced to load the bases for Ivy. Reliever Morgan Peeler then issued the fourth consecutive of the inning free pass to plate senior Ashley Kappler.

In their first game since defeating then-No. 10 Georgia last Sunday, N.C. State (3-2) managed just one hit through five innings against Staton.

However, Scout Albertson led off the top of the sixth with a homer down the left field line to tie the game at one.

Staton (1-0) retired the next three hitters, two by way of a strikeout, to end the frame.

Garcia unloaded on Peeler’s 3-1 offering for her first homer of the season with one down in the sixth and the blast to left gave UTSA a 2-1 lead it did not relinquish.

The Wolfpack threatened in the top of the seventh with a pair of one-out singles to put runners on first and second for Caitlin Dent, who promptly stroked a base hit up the middle. Pinch runner Kelsey Hoover rounded third in an attempt to tie the score, but Garcia threw a perfect strike to Low, who applied the tag at the plate for the second out of the stanza.

With runners at second and third, Staton finished off her first win of the season by coaxing a groundout to end the contest. The Austin native went four innings and allowed four hits and a run, while striking out three.

In the opener, the Roadrunners fell behind 4-1 after five innings with their lone run coming in the fourth on senior Ashley Kappler’s RBI single to left.

However, UTSA rallied for another mark in the sixth on freshman Megan Low’s second homer of the season before a taking the lead an inning later with a four-spot.

Sophomore Siera Sproul tied the game at four with a two-run double and the Birds grabbed their first advantage on sophomore Molly Fichtner’s RBI single. The edge stretched to 6-4 a batter later when junior Samantha Beeson pinch ran for Fichtner, stole second and scored on Ivy’s base hit.

However, the Golden Hurricane (3-1) strung together three hits, including a walk-off two-run single with two outs, and an error to come off the field a 7-6 victory.

Senior Morgan Luksa (1-3) was saddled with the loss after giving up an unearned run on just one hit.

UTSA will continue play on Saturday with a 12:15 p.m. contest against Tulsa before facing No. 15 Texas A&M (4-2) at 3 p.m.
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