UTEP Softball Loses on Final Day of Classic
Feb. 17, 2013
HAMMOND, La. – The UTEP Softball team dropped its second straight game, losing, 6-1, in extra innings to South Dakota in the Jimmy John’s Lion Classic II at North Oak Park Sunday.
South Dakota’s Kate Snow was placed at second base per the international rule tiebreaker to start the eighth inning. Snow would advance to third on a Lindsey Boyd single to center and eventually Katie Cochran would also single to center bringing Snow home. The Coyotes (6-4) would go on to score four more runs, two of which came off a Christine Broders home run to end the big inning.
The Miners (5-6) took the early lead when junior Alanna Leasau singled to left field that brought senior Kayla Oranger to home plate. But Allie Daly hit a solo shot to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning.
Leasau continued her impressive start to her UTEP career. The transfer from Tallahassee Community College hit .375, two home runs and drove in eight runs to help her squad win three of five games over the weekend.
South Dakota and tournament host Southeastern Louisiana both finished 4-1 in the classic. The Lions (7-2) won the tournament over the Coyotes by virtue of a head-to-head victory on Friday.
UTEP will have another shot at South Dakota and I-10 rival NM State this weekend. The Miners will face the Aggies (1:30 p.m. MT) to open the home stand and then play the Coyotes (4 p.m. MT) at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex Saturday.
Admission is free to all fans in conjunction with the 2013 National Girls and Women in Sports Day festivities.