Miners Make It 10 In A Row, Take Down Northern Colorado and Weber State

Ashley Ellis

Ashley Ellis

Feb. 26, 2010

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UTEP vs. Weber State

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EL PASO -The UTEP softball captured its 10th consecutive victory after defeating Northern Colorado and Weber State, 7-1 and 9-0, on Friday at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. The Miners move to 10-3 overall and 3-0 at the UTEP Softball Invitational.

Courtney Auger and Joanna Krienitz each won their first career game. It was Auger's first start of her career over Northern Colorado.

Auger (1-0) pitched a complete game against the Bears, recording 11 K's. She allowed only one run on five hits. A junior transfer from Edmonton, Alberta, Canda, gave up her first hit in the fifth inning when she worked herself out of a bases-loaded situation to give up the only run of the game for the Bears.

Kelynn Frye also had a day of firsts, blasting two home runs in the second and fifth innings. Her second inning big fly started the Miners' rally. 

Camilla Carrera went 2-for-4 at the dish with two RBIs versus Northern Colorado, two coming in the third inning when she blasted a double to right-center, scoring Townsend and Chelsea Troupe.

Carrera came around to score for the Miners' third run of the inning and fourth of the game after Kayleigh Walts laced a double of her own to right-center.

Carrera's third RBI came in the fourth inning after she singled up the middle to score Kayla Oranger from second.

UTEP continued their scoring with Frye's second long ball of the day in the fifth inning.

The final run for UTEP came on an error by the shortstop for Northern Colorado. Oranger reached second after a one-out throwing error. Townsend flew out to centerfield in the following at bat allowing Oranger to advance to third, who then scored after the ball came into the shortstop and was dropped.

Auger struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the game.

The Miners continued in the same fashion against Weber State, as the Miners collected nine runs in six innings for the mercy rule ending.

Krienitz put in a stellar performance in the circle as she fanned nine batters and allowed just one walk, leaving the Wildcats scoreless for her first career victory.

UTEP, as the visitors for the second time of the day, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second frame with a home run by Ashley Ellis.

The Miners' big inning came in the fourth as Carrera drove in two runs on a double to centerfield and Walts and Oranger each knocked in a run off singles. UTEP ended the frame with a 5-0 advantage.

Walts drove home another run in the top of the fifth and the Miners sealed the deal in the sixth with Troupe's RBI-double and run.

UTEP will face the pair again tomorrow. The Miners will face Weber State at 1:30 p.m. and Northern Colorado at 3:30 p.m.




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