UTSA Fall Classic previews early softball season

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At the UTSA Softball Fall Classic this past weekend, UTSA and St. Edwards University met at the softball field Sunday evening. As the away team, the Roadrunners set the tone of the offensive game from the start, making contact and putting runners in scoring position, but were unable to capitalize.

St. Edwards was first to score, with stolen bases following a double for two runs in the bottom of the first.

The second inning immediately returned the Roadrunners into scoring position, with bases loaded and no outs. The opportunity was crumbled by St. Edward’s tight defense, that left UTSA without a run.

The third inning proved to be difference maker for the Runners, as Leanne Risberg came up big, hitting a stand-up double. That double was followed by another base-hit by Krista Sitka, putting the runners on the scoreboard. Stevie Simpson hit a ground out to advance the base runners scoring a second run.

The Runners’ third score came from a single hit by Chelsey Chapman. Still in third inning, Rudi Cantu was hit by a pitch that loaded the bases for UTSA.

With the bases loaded, Risberg batted in two runs with a line-drive single. Sitka followed Risbergs’ hit with an RBI single.In all, the top of the third inning had 13 at-bats and seven runs scored, by UTSA, giving the Runners a 7-2 advantage.

The following innings passed by quickly and quietly for both teams going three-and-out.

St. Edwards showed some fighting edge in the bottom of the 6th with some clutch hitting that cut the score to 7-5. St. Edwards displayed strong defense and consistent hitting throughout the game, but was unable to catch up, because the Runners’ seven-run rally was too overwhelming.