Softball Remains Undefeated After Walk-Off Victory
Feb. 12, 2012
El Paso, Texas – The UTEP softball team improved to 4-0 in their 2012 campaign after defeating Santa Clara on a walk-off walk at home on Saturday. The Miners had previously beat Santa Clara 11-3 in their opening game on Thursday.
Chelsea Troupe blasted a solo home run in the first inning to put the Miners on the board first in the contest. The Miners bats continued to get runs across in the second frame scoring three runs. Tahla Wade brought Samantha Alvillar home on a single and Troupe picked up two more RBIs after a double to score Eastman and Wade.
Colleen Hohman started her second game for the Orange and Blue and hurled two scoreless innings against the Broncos until they took her for two runs in the third. After a single and a ground-rule double Briana Knight followed up with a two-run double. Hohman struck out Jamie Wallis to limit the damage.
After a scoreless bottom of the third for UTEP, Hohman went back to work facing the first two batters giving up a base hit and only facing the second batter for one pitch. Cynthia Villastrigo came in to relieve Hohman who pitched three innings giving up three runs on 5 hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Villastrigo gave up a home run to Scribner on the first pitch she threw which tied the game at 4-4. Villastrigo loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter but worked out of the jam on a fly ball to center.
Both teams were held scoreless in the next two frames keeping the game tied 4-4 heading into the seventh inning. Villastrigo struck out the side in the top of the seventh giving the Miners a chance to win it in the bottom of the frame.
Tahla Wade hit a leadoff triple to start the inning for the Miners. Briana Rios intentionally walked Troupe and Camilla Carrera bringing Hohman to the plate with the bases full of Miners. Rios couldn’t regain her command after the intentional walks and walked Hohman to bring home Wade for the walk-off walk.
The top of the order for the Miners, Wade and Troupe, were a combined 5-7 at the plate with three RBIs between them. This was the first game in which Carrera did not have a hit and it ended her three-game streak with a homer in each affair.
Villastrigo moved to 3-0 on the season after four relief innings giving up one run and striking out six.
The Miners were scheduled to play a doubleheader Sunday but the first game, against Indiana, was cancelled due to weather.
The Orange and Blue will travel back to Las Cruces, N.M. on Tuesday to take on NMSU in the conclusion of the Hotel Encanto Invitational.