Softball drops midweek matchup to McNeese State


Dalton Hartmann

Madison Nelson begins her motion to deliver the ball to home plate during the game against McNeese State on Wednesday night. Nelson allowed six hits and one earned run while striking out one in four innings of work against the Cowgirls.

Julia Maenius, Magazine Editor

The UTSA softball team (11-21, C-USA 5-3) dropped a 6-3 non-conference matchup to the McNeese State University Cowgirls on Wednesday, April 21. Coming off a four-game series win against Southern Miss, the Roadrunners were met with an early inning deficit and were unable to recover.

Tatum Seith started in the circle for the Roadrunners, retiring the first two hitters in the lineup. The Cowgirls took an early lead with a home run on a two-out count. At the bottom of the first, Celeste Loughman added another stolen base to her school record, but was stranded.

In the second inning, the Cowgirls added a second run to the board and a third in the following. Madison Nelson stepped into the circle after McNeese registered their third run. Up three, the Cowgirls’ defense kept the ‘Runners from scoring until the bottom of the fifth. 

Taylor Medina stepped to the plate with one UTSA out already on the board and homered over the left field wall to put the first ‘Runner mark on the board. Trailing by five, in the sixth, with bases loaded from Loughman, Riley Grunberg and Madison Washington, a single from Marena Estell scored Loughman for a second run for UTSA. 

Loughman followed Medina’s lead in the bottom of the seventh with a home run to center center field with two outs. This was the last of the UTSA offense and McNeese State took the win by a final score of 6-3. The ‘Runners registered five hits for the day, trailing McNeese’s 13. 

UTSA will be back in action at Roadrunner Field for a four-game series against the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers, April 23-25. The first pitch will be thrown at 6 p.m. Friday night.