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'Runners cruise to 14-0 run-rule victory over Tigers

Freshman Iliana Saucedo picked up her third victory of the season, logging a complete-game shutout

ARLINGTON, Texas — The UTSA softball team wrapped up competition at the 5th Annual Boerner Invitational on Sunday, breezing past Grambling State 14-0 in just five innings. The victory represented the 'Runners first win via the run-rule since a May 6, 2022 contest against FIU, and saw the squad recorded 14 runs for the first time since besting Abilene Christian 15-6 on Feb. 17, 2023. Additionally, the last time UTSA managed a margin of victory this high came in a 17-2 win over Louisiana Tech on Apr. 2, 2021. 

The Roadrunners (7-14, 0-0 The American) overwhelmed the Tigers (7-10, 0-0 SWAC) as junior Jaylen Prichard, senior Taylor Jensen, junior Sophie Campbell, and sophomore Caton Letbetter all logged multiple RBIs. Freshman Iliana Saucedo (3-0) twirled a gem, fanning seven and allowing just two hits across a complete-game shutout, while Erin Gibbs (2-3) was tagged with the loss. 

Following a scoreless first inning, UTSA busted the game wide-open with a 10-run top of the second. A Jensen single kick-started the stanza, with a hit by Campbell and a Tiger miscue following to push across the first run of the ballgame. Junior Camryn Robillard then used a deep fly ball to plate Campbell and see a 2-0 score line. Senior Erykah Guerrero and freshman Taryn Madlock were issued free passes ahead of a Prichard double and another Grambling State miscue that doubled UTSA's lead. Now up 4-0, sophomore Kylie Forney walked, and Jensen dropped a double of her own, adding another to the 'Runners total. Campbell sent a comebacker through the middle of the infield, driving in two more and delivering a 9-0 UTSA advantage. The Roadrunners weren't done yet, as Guerrero handed her squad a 10th run with a sacrifice fly before the Tigers escaped the inning. 

Madlock singled and swiped second to open the third. She later scored on a freshman Brenna Jahn shot up the middle, resulting in an 11-0 UTSA lead. 

Neither team scored in the fourth, as a Tiger error and a Madlock single put a pair on base for Letbetter in the top of the fifth. She smashed a two-bagger into left field and later dented the plate herself on a base hit by sophomore Madison Lenton. From there, Grambling State was unable to push any runs across, cementing the Roadrunners' 14-0 run-rule victory.

UTSA will now turn its attention toward Abilene Christian, with a Tuesday contest at 5 p.m. representing the Roadrunners' home opener as well as Most Valuable Professor Day. 

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