Townsend Breaks Single-Game Strikeout Record
Feb. 19, 2010
WACO, Texas - Stacie Townsend struck out a career-high 16 batters, breaking UTEP's single-game record, and also contributed a two-run homer to lead the Miners past Central Arkansas, 4-0, on Friday in the opening game of the QTI Getterman Classic on Friday. The Miners (5-2) followed with a 1-0 triumph over UT Arlington for their fourth-straight victory.
Townsend (4-2), allowed just two hits in her first shutout of the season and followed with a combined shutout in the second game to tally nine for her career. She fanned 21 batters for the day.
Against UCA, the senior hurler struck out the side in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames that included nine consecutive K's. By the end of the ball game, Townsend had allowed just three runners on base.
She was just as effective at the plate, scoring two of the Miners' four runs. She led off the second inning with a walk and came home off a Chelsea Troupe home run.
The start of the fourth stanza was a repeat of the second, with another free pass to first by Townsend but it was the fifth inning that the Orlando native secured the offensive victory, lacing a two-run homer for the 4-0 victory. It was her 25th career long ball of her career. Her next dinger will propel her past Simone Holland (2005-08) as the school record holder for that category.
As a team, the Miners combined for five hits, including Troupe's two-run round-tripper, to secure the victory.
Kayla Oranger laced a two-out RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh inning in UTEP's 1-0 edge over UT Arlington. The Miners have now won four-straight heading into their bout with Tulsa on Saturday.
Joanna Krienitz, Courtney Auger and Townsend each combined for the shut out victory, but Townsend received the win after firing the last two innings of play. She fanned five of eight batters in the final two frames of the contest. Krienitz started the game but lasted just three innings, before she was replaced with no outs and two runners on base in the fourth.
The Mines return to action on Saturday to face Conference USA foe, Tulsa, who defeated the Miners in the title game of the Conference USA Championship a year ago. They will take on Baylor in the nightcap before facing Witchita State on Sunday.