Softball splits doubleheader

On a warm Saturday afternoon the only thing that was cool was the bats, at least in the second game of a double-header between the softball teams of UTSA and Nicholls. That game would go in favor of the Nicholls Colonels 2-1 in eight innings but before that the Roadrunners took the first game 3-2. In both games the story would be runners left on base. In the first game the Colonels left 11 runners stranded compared to the Roadrunners four. In the second game the Colonels left six on while the Roadrunners left eight on base. In the first game it was the Colonels who got on the board first in the top of the third inning by bringing leadoff hitter Whitney Roan and Megan Gaspard around to score on a Kodi Butler hit that thanks to an error by UTSA second baseman Ashley Kappler turned into a double. The Colonels would do nothing more in their half of the inning but leave two baserunners on. The Roadrunners responded to the challenge in their half of the third inning as leadoff batter Kristin Wehmeyer was hit by a pitch. Wehmeyer would come around to score on a Colonel error that sent Kelly Cato to second. Cato would tie the game when Rudi Cantu drove a ball to the outfield for a double. With no outs in the inning the Roadrunners appeared ready to blow the game open but Nicholls starter Lacey Gros fanned the next three batters with three straight strikeouts. Roadrunner starter Emily Humpal would not allow another Colonel run as she worked out of two bases loaded jams in the fourth and sixth innings. Humpal would receive the victory when Cantu scored what became the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning. In the final game of the twin-billing the bats went cool in the early going as Roadrunner starter Danye Holmes and Colonel starter Audrey Wood each gave up one hit over the first three innings. Like the first game it would be the Colonels who struck first as Wood scored on a Logan Johnson sacrifice fly. The Roadrunners responded to this run in the bottom of the fifth as Kristin Kappler powered a pitch to straight away center field that went over the fence to tie the game at one.The score would remain tied through seven innings setting the stage for extras. In the top of the eighth, Wood, who by this time had moved to right field, got a hold of a pitch and sent it over a jumping Cantu for a single homerun that gave the Colonels the 2-1 lead. That was all the Colonels needed as Gros continued her relief work and got all three Roadrunners out in the bottom of the eighth for the Nicholls victory.Following the game head coach Lori Cook remarked at how well the pitching had been for both teams.”Our pitchers tried to control their big hitters and keep their fast runners off base. I thought Emily [Humpal] threw an awesome game in the first game and Danye in the second, both pitchers threw well,” Cook said. “Their pitching staff is one of the best in the conference and they kept us off balance by mixing it up on us and that’s a credit to them.”Cook also remarked at the missed opportunities for the Roadrunners but looked forward to tomorrow.”We had a lot of base runners and had opportunities where a little base hit puts us in a situation where we don’t have to play catch up but we have to score a few of those 8 we leave,” Cook said. “They will give us one good pitch to hit and that’s the one we have to go after. First pitch for tomorrow’s third and final game of the series is scheduled for noon.