Miners Lose Two on Day Two of Tourney
March 16, 2013
JACKSON, Miss. - The UTEP softball team came up short, 3-2, to Jackson State, while Mississippi Valley State got revenge on the Miners (8-14) from last nights' drama, 6-1, on day two of the Jackson State Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Jackson State University Softball Complex.
With the Miners ahead, 2-1, in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Tigers' Lauren Aikens hit a two-out single to right field that brought in two runs.
UTEP made things interesting in the top of the seventh inning with runners in scoring position and one out. Senior Kayla Oranger singled to third base. Junior Alanna Leasau reached base on an error by the short stop and advanced to second, which advanced Oranger to third. But senior Ashley Collazo struck out looking and freshman Kawehiokalani Netane lined out to the short stop to end the game.
Ariel Armendariz continued to impress with her early hitting success. The sophomore, who made the roster in late February, went 2-for-3 and notched her fifth RBI of the season. Oranger and junior Erika Arcuri also had two hits each.
Mississippi Valley State scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back.
The Miners scored a run in the top third when junior Miraya Montiel reached base on an error that brought sophomore Ashley Eldridge across home plate. But the Delta Devils' pitching held the Miners to two hits.
The Miners finish the tournament when they take on Jackson State at 10 a.m. MT on Sunday.