Camilla Carrera Breaks Another UTEP Record
May 2, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. - The UTEP softball team lost a doubleheader against UCF on Saturday at the UCF Softball Complex, falling 4-3 and 5-2. The Miners drop to 24-28-1 overall and 7-15-1 in C-USA. UCF improves to 27-25 and 11-11 in league action.
Camilla Carrera recorded three hits in the twinbill - two in the first game and one in the second - including a double in the nightcap. The two-bagger was her 18th of the season, breaking the season standard set in 2005.
Kelly Curran (8-9) and Stacie Townsend (15-17) were the losing pitchers. Townsend, who came in relief to pitch the final three and two thirds innings of the first game, gave up two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out four.
Curran received the loss in the day's final. She finished with six earned runs allowed (seven total) on 13 hits, five walks and five strike outs.
UCF's Tiffany Lane dominated the Knight's offense, driving in five of eight runs. She ended the day 6-for-8 with one double.
After connecting for nine hits in the first game, the Miners struggled to find their bats in the nightcap, getting just two from UCF's Kristina DeMello (8-8).
UTEP's infield struggled, as 15 of UCF's 18 hits were singles, most which got passed the dirt for base hits. The Miners' defense recorded four errors, including three in the second game.
The Knights were the first to score in the Game 1, when Lane knocked a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the second, scoring Lindsay Dean and Mary Helen Tyler.
UTEP answered with a pair of runs in the third by Shea Lodes and Ashley Ellis who reached home after a pitch got away from UCF's Ashleigh Cole. The Miners took the lead in the top of the sixth when Jennifer Stalter laced her third home run of the season, UTEP's 59th, just left of center field.
Lane, who finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the game, knotted the game at 3-3 when she hit a short single to second in the bottom of the sixth, driving in Natalie Land.
After holding the Miners scoreless in the top of the seventh frame, Lindsay Dean hit a sacrifice fly with runners on second and third, plating Hillary Barrow for the 4-3 final.
UCF carried the momentum into the second game, scoring one run in all but the sixth inning for the Saturday sweep.
UTEP's only runs came in the top of the third and seventh innings. With two outs in the top of the third, Amber Bennett, Chelsea Troupe and Carrera worked De Mello to load the bases. Townsend drove in Bennett with a single up the middle. The Miners scored again in the top of the seventh off Carrera's double that knocked in Diana Parada.
The two teams will play their final regular season game Sunday at 12 p.m. EDT. The game is a must win for the Miners, who could clinch the seventh seed heading into next week's Conference USA Championship held in El Paso. If they lose, the Miners will face Memphis in the play in game on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at Helen of Troy Field.