March 4, 2011
DENTON, Texas – The UTEP softball team fell to 9-8 after dropping a pair of games in the opening day of the North Texas Courtyard Classic in Denton, Texas.
Wichita State scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the first game 11-3. The Shockers scored in every inning of the game and headed into the sixth with a 7-3 lead over the Miners before a two-RBI home run and an error and a base hit scored the final two runs of the game.
Junior Chelsea Troupe hit her fifth home run of the season to get things going in the top of the first. Shortstop Samantha Alvillar drew a walk and senior Kia Moore reached on a fielder’s choice with one out on the board to put two runners on base for the Miners. Troupe’s sacrifice fly brought Alvillar home for UTEP’s second run and Kayla Black’s right line double scored Moore, but that would be the last time a UTEP player would reach home plate.
Troupe finished the game with one run, one hit and two RBIs. Freshman Megan Atchison was credited with her third loss this season.
The Miners were back on the field against North Texas immediately following a quick warm-up period.
Senior pitcher Courtney Auger held the Mean Green to just one run in four innings before giving up six unearned runs in the fifth frame. North Texas’ Ashley Kirk pitched the complete-game shutout allowing just two hits from the Miner hitters.
UTEP will look to rebound tomorrow when they take the field against Louisiana Tech at 10 a.m. The Miners will face Texas-Arlington in the second game of the day at 3 p.m.