Miners Win Two More at Invitational

Junior Samantha Alvillar

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Feb. 22, 2014

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EL PASO, Texas - It's been two years since the UTEP softball team has won four games in a row. The Miners (5-9) accomplished that after squeezing by Incarnate Word, 6-5, in eight innings and handling Houston Baptist, 10-5, at the UTEP Invitational at Helen of Troy Softball Complex on Saturday.

UTEP 10, Houston Baptist 5

The Miners tacked on six runs in the fifth inning to take an 8-4 lead on the Huskies.

Senior Erika Arcuri started the rally with a ground rule double, followed by a junior Ashley Eldridge sac-bunt. Senior Alanna Leasau singled to center that plated Arcuri and senior Colleen Hohman smacked a two-run double down the leftfield line. Junior McKenzey Finley knocked in a run through the right side that scored freshman Brianna Tourtillott, while Arcuri had another at bat that singled in Finley to cap the inning.

Arcuri, who was awarded the 2013 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year trophy after the game, finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Hohman hit her second home run of the season, a two-run shot to left center.

"We did an awesome job of hitting the ball," first-year head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk said. "Our pitchers did a nice job and they did the job we needed them to do. It was a win by committee type game."

Hohman, redshirt freshman Taylor Grohmann, freshman Kaitlin Fifield and sophomore Danielle Pearson combined to pitch six innings to seal the victory for the Orange and Blue.

UTEP 6, Incarnate Word 5 (8 innings)

With the score tied at 5-5 in the eighth inning, junior Samantha Alvillar hit a walk-off sac-fly to leftfield that brought Montiel across the dish to cage the Cardinals.

The Miners found themselves down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Alvillar and Arcuri took advantage of a few fielding errors to land on first and second base, respectively. Eldridge advanced the two with a sac-bunt, followed by Leasau reaching on an error that scored Alvillar. Senior Kayla Black singled in Arcuri and Hohman doubled in Black to tie the contest.

"It was good to see the team win a game that was so close," Echo-Hawk said. "I think we've seen ourselves in that situation a couple times and have been on the losing end. It's finally nice to get the win in a tight game and we did a good job grinding it out."

Pearson picked up the win after coming in and pitching the final six innings, allowing one run and fanning two batters. Tourtillott went 2-for-2 with a run scored, while Hohman, Montiel and junior Tahla Wade each garnered two hits a piece.

The Miners will close out the UTEP Invitational against Incarnate Word (1:30 p.m. MT) on Sunday. Admission is free.



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