Softball heads on first road trip of fall season


Freshman infielder Kaitlyn Slack has contributed in many ways to Texas’ fall season success. Slack and other Longhorn rookies will play their first road games this weekend.
Photo Credit: Joshua Guerra | Daily Texan Staff

The Longhorns will leave the comfort of Austin on Friday when they travel to San Antonio to take on UTSA at Roadrunner Field.

Texas brings a four-game win streak and an undefeated record into the matchup after an 8-0 shutout win over Galveston College on Oct. 28.

“I think we’re really coming together,” freshman infielder Kaitlyn Slack said. “We’ve built up a good chemistry in our group, and Coach is doing a great job of getting us ready when we go up to hit.”

The two-game series against the Roadrunners marks the only road stretch for the team on their fall schedule. The series also serves as the first road trip for Texas’ strong freshman class.

“Traveling will have a little bit of an effect, but not as much as you’d think,” Slack said. “Our freshmen this year, myself included, are really good at adjusting, and the rest of the team is right there to help us.”

The Longhorns said they’re looking forward to the road trip — both on and off the field.

“I’m excited to travel,” head coach Connie Clark said. “We’re there for the game, but it’ll also give us some time to do some team-building and community service. It’s really important for us to give back when we can, because it’s so hard to do that during the regular season.”

Unlike Texas’ previous four opponents, UTSA is a Division I team. And the Roadrunners tested the Longhorns last season. Texas bested UTSA last year in the regular season series 2-0, winning both matches by one run.

The Longhorns can expect an uptick in intensity when they walk onto the field Friday, giving the team a taste of spring ball in the fall. Texas hopes to gain critical experience by hitting the road months before the start of its spring season.

“We always try to schedule at least one opportunity to get away from home in the fall,” Clark said. “It’ll help us get used to meals on the road, the hotel situation, a new environment and a lot of other things we’ll encounter in the spring.”

First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday at Roadrunner Field.