Softball climbing SLC ranks


This past weekend the Roadrunners traveled to Conway, Arkansas, to face the Bears of Central Arkansas.

UTSA (14-25, 10-11) currently sits in sixth place in the Southland Conference (SLC) with nine conference games remaining this season.

Central Arkansas 1, UTSA 0

In the first game of Saturday’s double-header, Central Arkansas pitcher Kelsie Armstrong threw a complete game while allowing only one hit and no runs—Armstrong struck out 13 Roadrunners in route to her 11th win of the season. The lone run for the Bears came in the first inning after centerfielder Candice Gauntt scored on a fielding error; Gauntt reached third after leading off the inning with a single followed by two stolen bases.

UTSA 9, Central Arkansas 6

The Roadrunners scored eight runs in the third inning and one run in the sixth to deliver all of the offense sophomore pitcher Morgan Luksa needed to get her second win of the season.

Senior centerfielder Rudi Cantu sent her third home run of the season over the centerfield wall to drive in three runs in the third; sophomore Ashley Kappler also homered down the left field line in the inning—two Central Arkansas walks, an error and a hit-batter also contributed to the eight-run output by the Roadrunners. Luksa pitched into the seventh before surrendering a two-run homer to Central Arkansas second baseman Melissa Bryant.

Junior pitcher Emily Humpal came in to finish the game and collect her first save of the season.

UTSA 6, Central Arkansas 2

In the rubber game of the series, Ashley Kappler hit two home runs and one single for four runs batted in (RBIs) to lead the ‘Runners to their second consecutive SLC series victory. Humpal pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits while collecting her seventh victory of the season.

Junior Danye Holmes and sophomore Laura Little also delivered RBIs to move the orange and blue past Central Arkansas.

If the Roadrunners are to make this year’s eight-team Southland Softball Tournament scheduled for May 13-15 (champion earns an automatic NCAA tournament qualifier) much will depend on the team’s performance against current SLC first and third place teams, Texas State and Nicholls.

The Roadrunners then travel to Houston for a second double-header against HBU before meeting the Bobcats in San Marcos on April 23-24.