Townsend Tosses No Hitter As UTEP Sweeps Belmont
March 18, 2010
NASHVILLE, TENN. – The UTEP softball team opened up its road trip through the Volunteer State in fine fashion by sweeping Belmont, 9-0 and 15-2, at Aquinas Field Thursday afternoon.
Senior Stacie Townsend set the tone for the day by punching out a school-record-setting 18 hitters en route to her first career no hitter in the opening game. It marks the third time this year that she has broken the program standard for strikeouts.
The Miners (20-8) have now won five straight contests, out-scoring the opposition by a combined count of 31-6.
UTEP jumped all over the Bruins (2-18) early on, with five runs in the top half of the first frame. Townsend then assumed center stage, and she proceeded to dominate Belmont. Only three players reached base, all via walks, and the Bruins couldn’t muster a ball into play until a groundout to start the sixth inning.
She completed the historic outing by fanning the first hitter in the seventh frame, which was followed by a pop out and a fly out.
The Miners were just getting warmed up, though, as they led 7-0 through four innings in the second game of the day. The Bruins finally got on the board with a run in the bottom of the frame but it was merely a blip on the radar.
UTEP answered with a run of its own in the fifth and then plated seven in the seventh. Carrera powered the sequence with a grand slam.
The Miners will look to continue their winning ways when they open up a three-game set at Memphis on Saturday. There will be two games for the price of one on Saturday (12 p.m. MDT and 2 p.m. MDT) before finishing the trip with an 11 a.m. MDT contest on Sunday.