Miners Suffer Heartbreak Losses at the Hands of UCF
May 8, 2010
EL PASO, Texas – The UTEP softball team dropped a pair of heartbreak losses to UCF on Saturday at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. The Miners dropped the first game 4-3 in extra frames and then fell in the nightcap 12-10.
The Miners look to bounce back tomorrow in the final game of the series. Senior’s Stacie Townsend, Kelly Curran and Ashley Ellis will be honored immediately following the game. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.
The two teams combined for 43 hits on the day and 29 runs, with UTEP collecting 22 hits and 13 runs in the twinbill.
Camilla Carrera was flawless at the plate, going 5-for-5. She was intentionally walked three times and drew an RBI-walk in her final at bat. The junior utility laced a double and scored twice while driving in four RBI.
Chelsea Troupe also put in a stellar performance, going 5-for-9 with a triple and a home run, good for two RBIs and three runs scored.
The two teams struggled in the circle, both recording 5.60 ERAs on the day. But it was UTEP who came up three runs short giving Stacie Townsend (25-16) picked up the two losses.
UTEP out hit the Knights in the opening contest 10-6, but left 11 runners stranded, three of which were in scoring position.
The Knights’ Tiffany Lane plated the first run of the game, reaching base on a pelt by Townsend off the second pitch of the series. She advanced on a sacrifice by Natalie Land and scored on a wild pitch to open the day.
UCF added its second run in the third inning off an RBI-double by Abby McClain.
The Miners knotted the game at two a piece in the fourth frame that started with a lead-off single by Carrera. Troupe stepped to the plate and hooked the ball over just right of the left field foul pole for the home run.
The Miners drove the go ahead run in the following stanza after Kelynn Frye opened with a base hit up the middle. Carrera drove her in with a single into right field.
Vanessa Perez started the rally for UCF in the top of the seventh with a base hit to the shortstop. Two outs later, Land drove in the tying run with a single into the left field pocket.
The Miners attempted a comeback, but left Townsend stranded on third sending the contest into extra frames.
A solo home run by Ashley Cole, who was the winning hurler in the game, laced a solo homer for the win.
Townsend finished with nine strikeouts in the game, but allowed four runs on six hits for the loss.
UCF opened the nightcap in the same fashion, as Lane scored the opening run of the game.
The Miners answered back, as Troupe hit a triple into the right-center gap and Townsend was award first base after getting hit at the plate.
Carrera stepped to the dish and hit a double, plating Troupe and Townsend for a 2-1 score after the first inning.
UCF took a 6-2 lead in the fourth inning, scoring four runs in the fourth inning.
UTEP rallied back in the fifth as Troupe led off with a base hit. Townsend walked. UCF intentionally walked Carrera for the second time in the game to load the bases. Ashley Ellis hit a double into the right side, scoring Troupe and Townsend.
With runners at the corners, Kayleigh Walts reached on a fielder’s choice, with Carrera out on a play at the plate. Walts advanced to scoring position at second on the play. She advanced to third on a wild pitch. A flyout later, Walts scored on a throwing error by Lane for the fifth and final run of the inning, knotting the game at six.
UCF took the lead in the sixth off an RBI-single by Abby McClain.
The Miners scored three runs in the bottom of the stanza, as Walts belted a double into left-center, driving in Townsend, Carrera and Ellis.
After adding insurance runs in the sixth to go up 9-7 on the Knights, the Miners brought in Townsend for the save.
Cole slammed a lead-off dinger for the second time to bring UCF within one run of the Miners. After retiring the next batter, the Knight’s Perez reached first on a base hit. Morgan Bullard walked and a strikeout later, Land was hit by a pitch from Townsend who was brought in for the save.
With two outs on the board, Hillary Barrow belted a double down the left field line, plating three runs for the 11-9 lead. McClain hit the second double of the inning into left field driving in Lane for the 12th run of the game.
Two walks later, the Miners brought back starting pitcher, Kelly Curran, who punched out Mary Helen Tyler to end the threat.
The Miners needed a big rally in the bottom of the seventh. Kia Moore led off the inning with a bunt single that landed just left of the pitcher’s circle. Troupe recorded a base hit and Townsend walked to load the bases.
Carrera, who had reached base off a double and three intentional walks, drew her fourth walk of the game, scoring Moore for the RBI.
Ellis, looking to score another run, flew out to center field. Troupe, who was on third, attempted to score, but with Perez’s cannon, turned to head back to third. She was picked off on the play to put two outs on the scoreboard.
The Miners loaded the bases with a walk by Walts. UTEP came up short, as Courtney Ware fouled out to third base to end the threat.
The two teams combined for 27 hits in the game and left 22 runners stranded on base.