UTEP falls to Memphis in a Back and Forth Battle, 6-5
March 10, 2013
EL PASO, Texas - A fifth inning miscue proved costly as UTEP dropped another game to Memphis, 6-5, on a breezy Sunday morning at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
The Miners (7-11, 0-3 C-USA) put up four runs in the sixth inning to take the lead, 5-4, but the Tigers (10-13, 3-0 C-USA) won their ninth straight over their conference foe when two runs were scored in the seventh.
Memphis gained the lead back when they scored four runs in the fifth inning, making it the second day in a row four runs were scored in one inning.
The inning started when Breslin Perry singled down the left field line. Lelani Bernardino then reached on a fielding miscue that advanced Perry to third. Libby Goranson opened up the scoring when she singled down the left field line that brought Perry home. Later in the inning, Kelly Braman hit a two-out single up the middle that brought in two runs and Cierra Mangum also went up the middle with a one-run single. All runs were unearned.
The Miners would answer in the next inning.
Hohman notched her fourth RBI of the series when she reached on a fielder choice that scored Collazo again. Senior Kayla Oranger advanced junior Laura Ramos and senior Kayleigh Walts to home on a single to second base. Oranger then stole her seventh base of the season and as the throw was made to catch her, freshman Kawehiokalani Netane made a heads up play to steal home from third that pushed the Miners to a 5-4 lead.
But Amber Lindahl's only hit of the game clinched the Tigers third straight win. The junior catcher hit a two-run double down the left field line.
UTEP will be back in action at the Jackson State Tournament in Jackson, Miss. The Miners will take on Cleveland State (1 p.m. MT) and Mississippi Valley State (5 p.m. MT) on Friday.