The Wildcats opened their first postseason eligible season in San Antonio at the UTSA Softball Classic, which was highlighted by senior pitcher Hannah Null’s third-career no-hitter.
In the opening game against Seton Hall, Hailey Arteaga hit a home run that scored the only two runs of the game for the Pirates, but it proved to be enough as ACU was shutout, resulting in a 2-0 win.
The Salukis from Southern Illinois squared up with ACU in the second game for a two-game split.
In the first contest, the Wildcats fell 8-5, despite senior Peyton Hedrick’s first homerun of the season to put the Wildcats out in front 1-0 early. Unfortunately, the Salukis unleashed an eight run barrage over the next two innings to take an 8-1 lead.
“It went okay with it being our first weekend,” Hedrick said. “We definitely wanted to come out with more wins, but it’s a starting point, and we will work from there. Defensively we had a really good weekend, offensively we struggled a bit the first day, but our bats came around and they will continue to.”
Senior Holly Neese and Hedrick both scored on a fielding error in the 5th inning and senior Brianna Barnhill hit a two-run shot to bring the final score to 8-5.