SAN MARCOS, Texas — The UTSA softball team wrapped up the Texas State Tournament on Saturday, suffering a 5-2 setback at the hands of Creighton inside the Bobcat Softball Stadium.
The Roadrunners (0-5, 0-0 The American) couldn’t overcome the Bluejays (2-0. 0-0 Big East), despite senior Kenzie Schultz opening the contest with three hitless frames and a home run by sophomore Kylie Forney.
Natalia Puchino (2-0) earned the win for Creighton, while senior Jamie Gilbert (0-1) was tagged for the loss.
UTSA threatened in the top of the third, as freshman Taryn Madlock walked and junior Jaylen Prichard singled putting a pair of runners on with one out. Puchino, however, prevailed, inducing a pop-up and a strikeout to keep things tied.
Creighton got their first hit in the bottom of the third, slapping a leadoff double. Gilbert forced a shallow fly ball, a groundout, and a strikeout, stranding the runner and sending the contest into the fourth.
Forney broke the deadlock in the top of the fifth, launching a solo shot over the wall in left-center, but CU quickly answered with an RBI double in the bottom half, tying things up. A Roadrunner miscue followed, extending the inning en route to a 5-1 Bluejay lead.
Senior Taylor Jensen singled to kick-start the top of the sixth, and junior Sophie Campbell singled, putting two on base. A Creighton error allowed junior Lindsey Davis, who entered as a pinch runner, to dent the plate. Neither team could push another run across from there, cementing a 5-2 CU victory.
UTSA will next head to Houston, Texas, on Friday, Feb. 16, for the start of the Houston Classic. The Roadrunners will face Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Massachusetts, and Houston across the three-day tournament.