Townsend Blasts Two Run Homer in Split with Nevada
March 27, 2008
EL PASO, Texas - Stacie Townsend blasted her seventh home run of the season to help lift the Miners past Nevada 8-1 in a doubleheader tilt on Thursday. UTEP dropped the first game, 4-2 to move to 23-14 on the season.
Townsend's home run was her seventh in 2008, the 12th of her career and UTEP's 35th this campaign.
Camilla Carrera was the Miners' big hitter, going 3-for-5 (.600) with two runs, two doubles and one RBI.
Jennifer Davis also contributed two doubles to put the Miners at 71 for the season. Davis batted .500 with two runs on three hits and a team-high two RBI for the day.
Nevada out batted the Miners 13-15 but the Miners out scored the Wolf Pack 10-5.
Townsend started the first game, allowing two runs on four hits in 3.1 innings of play and struck out just threes sluggers. But it was Nichole Tunget, who received the loss. She fanned seven batters but gave up the 2-2 tie game to move to 7-4 on the season.
Kelly Curran is 5-3 with the Game 2 victory.
After two scoreless innings the Wolf Pack was the first to put a run on the board off an RBI-double by Noelle Micka in the top of the third.
Nevada scored again in the following frame, when two singles put runners in scoring position. After a UTEP pitching change, Nevada followed with a walk to load the bases.
A short infield hit allowed runners to advance and score on a fielder's choice as an attempt to get the runner out at home fell short.
UTEP replied with two runs in the bottom of the fifth off an RBI-double by Davis.
But Nevada belted a two run homer in the top of the seventh that was unanswered by the Miners for the 4-2 final.
The Orange and Blue were quick to get on the board in the nightcap after a lead-off double by Carrera put the Miners in scoring position. An out later, Ellis laced her first career triple, driving Carrera home. Ellis scored off a single by Ashley Perez to end the first inning with a 2-0 lead.
The Wolf Pack cut the lead to one run in the top of the fifth off a double by Brittany Puzey.
UTEP, looking to add some cushion, did just that in the sixth that started with a single by Perez.
Kaitlyn Abdalla drew a walk and Davis followed with a single to score Henry for the RBI.
Jennifer Stalter bunted for the sacrifice, advancing Abdalla and Davis to third and second and Carrera drove home Abdalla with a single up the middle.
A wild pitch plated Davis and advanced Carrera to second as Townsend was at the plate.
With a full count on the board, Townsend smashed the ball over centerfield for the two run homer and UTEP's 8-1 advantage.
Curran put away six straight to finish the game.
The Miners return to conference action in a three game road series at Memphis on April 5. They return home to face UCF on April 12 and 13.