Carrera Blasts Two as Miners Split Doubleheader with UNM to Close 2012
May 2, 2012
El Paso - The UTEP softball team wrapped up their 2012 campaign with a doubleheader split with UNM at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. The Miners took the first game 10-8 and dropped game two 14-7.
Game One Carrera moved up to second place on the single-season home run list in the first inning of UTEP's game against UNM on Wednesday with her 31st big fly of the season.
The Lobos cut the Miner lead to one run in the top of the second when Lujan-Dressler reached third on an error by Ashley Collazo at short and crossed the plate on a fielder's choice by Hignojos.
UTEP got the run back in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single off the bat of Troupe.
Ashley Eldridge hit her first career double to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Kayla Oranger followed with a single and Carrera walked to load the bases for Troupe. Troupe belted a long ball over the center field fence for a grand slam and her 19th home run of the season. Back-to-back doubles from Ballesteros and Black drove another run across. Black scored the ninth Miner run on a wild pitch after advancing to third on a groudout by Ware.
The Lobos tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the fifth with a solo home run and a RBI single to left field. Their third run came on an error by Kayla Oranger at third. A sac-fly with the bases loaded allowed the fourth run to cross the plate in the top of the fifth for UNM. Joanna Krienitz came in relief for Cynthia Villastrigo and got the final outs of the inning.
After retiring the first two in the top of the sixth Krienitz surrendered back-to-back-to-back home runs cutting the lead to just 9-8. Colleen Hohman came in to relieve Krienitz and got the final out on a groundout to shortstop.
Carrera leadoff the bottom of the sixth with a walk and Troupe reached on an error to put two on for Kayleigh Walts who was in as a pinch hitter. Walts laced a single up the middle to score Carrera from second. A double by Ware brought Troupe home and made the score 11-8 in the Miners favor.
Hohman retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to pick up the save.
Villastrigo pitched 4.1 innings to pick up the victory allowing five runs, two earned, and one walk.
Troupe went 2-4 with three runs scored and five RBIs.
Game Two Kayla Black dropped a two RBI single down the left field line in the bottom of the first inning to get the Miners on the board. Kayleigh Walts tripled to right field to drive in another pair for UTEP giving them a 4-0 lead.
A solo shot by Sjostrand in the top of the third gave UNM their first run of the game off of Hohman. A triple and an RBI up the middle led to the second Lobo run of the inning. A bases loaded walk brought in the third Lobo run of the inning.
Sjostrand hit her second home run in as many bats in the top of the fourth to tie the score at 4-4. Garcia hit a go-ahead double scoring Anaya from second.
Carramusa hit a three run home run off Krienitz in the top of the fifth giving the Lobos an 8-4 lead.
Ballesteros brought Carrera to the plate with a single to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Garcia extended the Lobo lead with a solo shot to left field in the top of the 6th off of Villastrigo.
The Lobos added another five runs in the top of the fifth extending their lead to 14-5.
With Oranger on first after a single Carrera stepped up to the plate for her final appearance in a Miner uniform and crushed a two run home run to right field. The long ball was the 32nd of the season for the nation's leader. Carrera finished the season as the NCAA single-season home run per game leader with an average of 0.60 breaking Laura Espinoza's record of 0.51 set in 1995
Colleen Hohman pitched 3.2 innings in the loss giving up five runs on eight hits.