Miners Come Up Short at Libby Matson Tournament
March 2, 2014
STOCKTON, Calif. - A day after being rained out, the UTEP softball team was washed away by San Jose State, 10-8, and Pacific, 6-3, on Saturday at the 2014 Libby Matson Tournament at Bill Simoni Field.
The Miners (6-13) took early 2-0 leads in each of the contests, but could not hang on to come up with the victories.
UTEP 8, San Jose State 10
The Miners garnered 13 hits and scored five runs in the sixth inning to come within a couple runs of the Spartans, but were denied a comeback victory.
Alanna Leasau had a nice day as the Livermore, Calif. native was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Kayla Black hit a three-run double to left center during the big sixth inning, while Ashley Eldridge also drove in a run in the same inning, en route to two hits and three runs in the contest.
UTEP 3, Pacific 6
With the game tied 3-3, the Tigers scored three runs in the fifth inning and held the slim lead with solid pitching.
Kawehiokalani Netane and Colleen Hohman each tallied sac-flies, while Eldridge was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Danielle Pearson finished the game, pitching six innings and striking out four. But an illegal pitch in the third with two outs kept the inning alive, as the Tigers capitalized and scored two runs to tie the game.
The Miners will close out the weekend tournament against No. 7 Washington on Sunday (10 a.m. MT).