Softball picks up three wins in Louisiana


Ethan Gullett

Marena Estell pitches the ball during warm-ups. The softball team began their 2020 season on the road in Louisiana.

Ryan Garza, Sports Editor

The UTSA Roadrunner softball team (3-2) opened their 2020 season by traveling to Lafayette, Louisiana, to take part in their first two tournaments of the season.

The ‘Runners hit the road to compete in the 34th annual Louisiana Classics and picked up wins against the Ball State University Cardinals, 5-4, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions, 9-0. They lost two games to the number eight nationally-ranked University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, 1-19.

In their final game of the weekend, the ‘Runners completed their slate of games, traveling to Lake Charles to play one game in the Cowgirl Classic, where they hit four home runs in a 9-5 victory over the Prairie View A&M University Panthers.

Riley Grunberg currently leads the team in batting average with a .417 hitting percentage. Madison Washington is next on the team with an average of .385, and numerous other ‘Runners are tied with an average of .333.

Makenzie Carpenter has pitched the most innings for the ‘Runners and has an earned run average of 4.76. Madison Nelson leads the team with an earned run average of 1.59 and 5.2 innings pitched. Tori Villarreal leads the team in fielding percentage and putouts with 34 this season.

The ‘Runners will host their first home game of the season when the Houston Baptist University Huskies come to Roadrunner Field on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.

The ‘Runners will be on the road again when they head up I-35 to take part in the Bobcat Classic hosted by Texas State University, which will last from Feb. 13-Feb. 16. The Wichita State University Shockers, Saint Louis Billikens and Texas State Bobcats will all be participating in the tournament.