Miner Pick Up 12-7 Victory Over NMSU, Defeat Northern Colorado in Nightcap
Feb. 19, 2009
EL PASO, Texas - The UTEP softball team defeated I-10 rival New Mexico State, 12-7, and toppled Northern Colorado, 9-1 in the nightcap to go undefeated on the first day of the UTEP Softball Invitation on Thursday. The Miners improve to 8-6 with the victories.
Amber Bennett had an impressive day, as the senior captain went 5-for-7 (.714) with two runs, three doubles and eight RBIs.
Troupe started the rally against the Aggies, working NM State's Nichole Russell for a walk to first. Camilla Carrera knocked a single to left field to put the Miners in scoring position. Townsend doubled to center field, driving Troupe and Carrera home, and reached third as the Aggies attempted to get Carrera out at home. A passed ball scored Townsend to give the Miners a three run advantage after one inning of play.
The Miners added to the run tally in the second frame, as Bennett hit the ball down the left field line, scoring Carrera and Townsend to pull the Miners ahead, 5-0.
The Aggies added three runs in the top of the third that started with Kristi Randall safe at first off a UTEP error. Kandis Jones recorded an RBI-single, sending Randall to second and Tiare Jenning's home run blast put State within two runs, 5-3.
UTEP's sluggers answered back with two runs in the bottom of the frame, as Troupe laced her fifth home run of the season, good for two RBIs.
Jenning's home run blast in the top of the sixth and a two run RBI-double by Ali Baunhover put the Aggies within one run of the Miners.
With UTEP looking to take its fifth consecutive home victory from its I-10 foe, the Miners drove in five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, including Ellis' two run homer. The Miners held the Aggies to just one run in the top of the seventh inning for the 12-7 final.
The Miners recorded 10 hits to the Aggies' seven but committed five errors on the day.
Troupe was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, Carrera was 2-for-2 with three runs and Bennett finished the game with a team-leading four RBIs.
The Miners continued where they left off in the nightcap, scoring five runs in the top of the first as the visiting team, including Stalter's two run homer, to take a 5-0 lead over the Bears. UTEP added two more in the next stanza as Becky Smith reached on a single and Townsend earned a free pass to first. They came home off a double by Bennett.
Northern Colorado scored its only run in the bottom of the fourth off a UTEP error.
The Orange and Blue were able to get another two runs in the top of the fifth inning off Davis' two run blast over the outfield wall. The 9-1 score was enough for the Miners to get the mercy rule win after five innings of play.
The Miners return to action tomorrow as they face Cal State Northridge at 11:30 a.m. They play former Western Athletic foe, San Jose State at 3:30 p.m.