Leasau Sets School Record in Jackson State Tourney
March 15, 2013
Jackson, Miss. - The UTEP softball team lost to Cleveland State, 7-4, but prevailed, 12-9, in a grand way over Mississippi Valley State in the Jackson State Tournament at Jackson State University Softball Field.
Alanna Leasau hit two grand slams, the second coming in the bottom of the seventh inning, to lift the Miners (8-12) to victory. No player in program history has hit two grand slams in one game, while Leasau's eight RBI is a new school record. The record for RBI was previously held by one of UTEP's greatest players, Stacie Townsend, and Simone Holland, who each recorded seven.
The Miners kept chipping away at the Delta Devils before Leasau took a chunk and belted her second grand slam of the game.
The first came in the sixth inning where the Miners were down 9-4. The comeback was ignited when juniors Kayla Black, Erika Arcuri and senior Kayla Oranger all singled to start the inning. Leasau then cut the lead to one run.
Junior Colleen Hohman, who picked up the win in the circle in relief, struck out back-to-back batters to end the top of the seventh that set the stage for her teammate.
Senior Kayleigh Walts singled to start the inning. Freshman Morgan Rasmason came in to pinch run and advanced on an Arcuri walk. Oranger came up with a single and the rest is history after Leasau swung her bat.
Freshman Kawehiokalani Netane also went deep in the fifth inning. Her two-run home run helped cut the deficit for her squad.
Leasau hit her fourth long ball of the season, but Erica McNew slammed a three-run home run in the bottom half of the fourth inning as the Vikings scored four runs. Colleen Hohman went 2-for-2 with an RBI in the junior's seventh start in the circle, while freshmen Jade Rodriguez and Netane each had a stolen base.
The Miners return to action when they take on tournament host Jackson State (9 a.m. MT) and a rematch with Mississippi Valley State (11:30 p.m. MT) on Saturday.