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The UTSA Roadrunners (7- 8) hosted the Bryant Bulldogs (1-4), the Omaha Mavericks (11-3), and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (3-11) during the UTSA Mid-Major Classic, Feb. 21-24 at Roadrunner Field.

The Roadrunners started the weekend opener by snapping their six-game losing streak, with a 7-4 win against Bryant.

“Last week we had a little bit of a downhill moment, but we came back and fought. I was very happy with the way they (UTSA) responded this week- end.”Coach Cheatham stated of her Roadrunners after the Mid- Major Classic came to a close.

Megan Low started the bar- rage against Bryant with an early two-run slam, giving UTSA a 2-0 lead. UTSA found the bases loaded early, and Madison Kinley went the distance, plating UTSA’s fourth Grand Slam of the season, and giving the Roadrunners a command- ing lead.

The Bulldogs rallied back and scored four of their own runs before UTSA took the victory.

Friday’s second game proved troublesome for the Roadrun- ners, as they took a loss in a 3-1

pitcher’s duel. UTSA found only one run,

in the third inning, as Omaha’s pitcher Dana Elsasser went the distance and stole a win in the final innings of the game.

After losing a late one Friday, the second day of the Mid-Major Classic gave UTSA new life, as they took wins in both games, registering five home runs and 18 total runs on the day.

Courtney Buchman and Si- erra Sproul each sent one over the fence, giving Buchman her second career homerun and Sproul’s second of the season.

However, the Bulldogs an- swered back, and scored three runs to take the lead late in the fifth inning.

UTSA closed the door on any chance of the Bulldogs snagging their first win, as the Roadrunners had another big offensive inning, scoring six more runs to put Bryant away 8-5.

In the Roadrunners closing game of the evening, Megan Low had another phenomenal game, scoring two solo home runs in UTSA’s pummel of Tex- as A&M-Corpus Christi.

Jori Fox also blasted one out of the park against the Islanders, as UTSA took the final game of the day, 10-4.

On the last day of the Mid- Major Classic, UTSA had an-

other chance to even things up against Omaha.

The game went scoreless through four, but Megan Low again delivered another home run, her eighth of the season, to give UTSA the 1-0 lead.

Both team’s bats went cold after the home run, with no more runs being scored until Omaha plated in three in extra innings. The Roadrunners recorded no runs and no hits in their final at bat.

“I think we did a good job. We had a game plan against that pitcher and we executed pretty well, but we just need to stay loose and get outs at the end,” said Coach Cheatham after the game.

“We swung the bats, and we fought hard,” reiterated Megan Low, as her solo shot was the only run registered for UTSA on the day.

Omaha was perfect through the tournament, and improved to 11-3 on the season.

UTSA (7-8) will have a nice break before heading to play in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic, a three-day tournament be- ginning on Feb. 28.

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