Miners Capture Victory Record in Split with Tulsa
May 1, 2010
TULSA, Okla. - After falling 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader with Tulsa, the UTEP softball team bounced back to capture its school-record 31st victory, defeating the Golden Hurricane, 4-2, in the nightcap game on Saturday at the Hardesty Complex in Tulsa, Okla.
UTEP's bested its 2008 program league standard of 10-14, recording its11th conference triumph, improving to 31-19 and 11-9 in Conference USA. Tulsa moves to 27-10 and 10-6 in league play.
Despite taking the loss in the circle, Stacie Townsend (25-13) garnered her 11th double-digit strikeout performance of the season with 10 K's in the game.
Joanna Krienitz received the Game 2 victory to move to 3-3 on the season and Townsend had the save after tossing the final two outs of the seventh inning. It was the first save of the season for Townsend and the fourth of her career.
The Miners fell behind early in the day's opener as Tulsa scored two runs in the third frame off RBI-singles by Samantha Cobb and Christian Timmons.
After a 1:20 rain delay in the fifth inning, Kia Moore laced her fourth home run of the season, giving UTEP its only run of the game. It was all the Miners would muster in the 2-1 loss.
The Miners fired back in the nightcap, scoring all four of their run sin the second inning.
Moore took a free pass to first when she was hit-by-a-pitch from Kinard. Ellis scored for the RBI. Camilla Carrera stepped to the plate and hit a single up the middle, driving in Oranger and Collazo and Moore made it home safely on the throw from center field.
Tulsa put its first run on the board in the following frame as Jessica Stoelke came home off an RBI-single by Skylar Swanson.
Looking for the sweep, the Hurricane rallied in the seventh inning that started with a base hit by Caitlin Everett. An out later, Cobb belted a double, plating Everett to come within two runs of UTEP, 4-2. Vanessa Vice hit a single, sending Cobb to third.
UTEP brought in Townsend to replace Krienitz. The change was effective as Townsend and the Miners retired the side for the victory.
Collazo finished the day hitting a team-best .500, going 2-for-4 at the plate with one run scored. Moore was 2-for-6 at the dish for the day with two runs, a home run and two RBI.
The two teams will square off in a single game on Sunday. The Miners return home to end their regular season play in a three-game set against UCF. The series is slated to begin in a twinbill on Saturday at noon and concludes on Sunday at noon.