UTEP Gets First Victory With Win Over Colorado State
Feb. 14, 2010
UTEP vs. Colorado State
Team.......... R H E
CSU............ 3 9 1
UTEP.......... 7 9 0
Las Cruces, N.M. -- Camilla Carrera and Jessica Villanueva each blasted a home run and Stacie Townsend pitched-in with her second double-digit strikeout performance of the season, as the UTEP Miners picked up their first win of the season at the Hotel Encanto Invitational in Las Cruces on Sunday.
The Miners (1-3) defeated Colorado State, 7-3, and will face I-10 rival New Mexico State on Monday at 5 p.m. to close out the tournament.
The game was called with one out in the top of the seventh after a predetermined drop-dead time was agreed upon by umpires, coaches and tournament officials before the start of the game. The Miners were in a vulnerable situation when clock struck 3:50 p.m., as the Rams had the bases loaded with one out.
Stacie Townsend, who moves to 1-2 with the victory, put in another stellar performance despite scattering nine hits and allowing three earned runs. The senior fanned at least one batter in every inning to put away a total of 11 for the game.
Villanueva's home run blast came in the bottom of the first inning after CSU had taken a two run lead. The blast came in just her fourth career at bat for the Miners and was good for three runs to give the Miners a 4-2 lead going into the second frame. Carrera belted a single up the middle driving in Kayla Oranger for UTEP's first run of the day.
A junior transfer out of Vernon College, Villanueva drove in a team-high five runners, the most by a UTEP player since 2007.
The Rams added another run in the top of the third of back-to-back hits. Townsend, however, struck out the side to end the inning and the Miners answered back after Carrera and Townsend scored off a Villanueva double.
Carrera's home run in the fifth frame added anther run for insurance. The reigning Conference USA Player of the Year was a flawless 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs and two RBI. The Miners went on to win, 7-3.
Stacie Townsend hurled her second double-digit strikeout performance of the season after recording 11 K's in the Miners' 7-3 victory over Colorado State. Townsend fanned a career-high 14 batters in the Miners' 4-2 season opening loss to UTSA on Friday. For her career, Townsend has posted seven double-figure strikeout games and six over with more than 10 K's.
Junior transfer Jessica Villanueva drove in five of the Miners' seven runs against CSU. The feat is the most by a UTEP player since teammate Ashley Ellis -- who was also a freshman -- drove in six against Houston on April 6, 2007. Villanueva's RBIs ranks tied for third all-time. The record is seven held by Simone Holland (2005-08) when she scored seven runners versus Buffalo also in 2007.
After connecting for just one hit her freshman season, Kelynn Frye has come into her own, starting 2010 with one run on five hits. Frye ranks second on the team in batting average with .555 (5-for-9). She had just one total base in 25 games played a season ago. Frye has tallied five total bases in four games for UTEP.
Camilla Carrera's double moves her into sole possession of second-place in UTEP career records with 34. Carrera needs just five more to tie for first held by Amber Bennett (2006-09) who collected 39 during her tenure.
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