Miners Upend Northern Colorado To Sweep Doubleheader

Andi Zolton

Andi Zolton

Feb. 28, 2008

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EL PASO, Texas - The UTEP softball team combined for 22 hits en route to a 12-4 and 12-6 doubleheader sweep of Northern Colorado in the opening round of the UTEP Softball Invitational on Thursday at Helen of Troy Field. The Miners improve to 11-5 on the season.

Andi Zolton contributed four of the Miners' hits along with three runs and three RBI. Zolton also accounted for two of UTEP's six stolen bases in the sweep.

Camilla Carrera also had a stellar performance, knocking in a team-high five runs for the Miners, including four in the first game. She finished with two runs on three hits, one double and one stolen base.

Nichole Tunget (4-0) and Kelly Curran (2-0) each received a victory and Tunget had the Game 2 save. Tunget struck out five batters in the first game and seven in the second to combine for 12 on the day.

Carrera helped give UTEP a 3-0 advantage in the top of the first with a two-run RBI-single.

After two scoreless innings, two singles and a two-run homer gave the Bears a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth. UTEP tied in the bottom of the frame to knot the game at four.

The Miners let loose in the fifth stanza as Ashley Perez hit a single, and Stacie Townsend and Carrera recorded doubles, all to left field. Carrera's two-base hit drove in Perez and Townsend to give the Miners the 6-4 edge.

El Paso loaded the bases when Ellis hit to right center for two more runs. An error by Northern Colorado scored Ellis for the 11-4 score.

The game ended on an RBI-single by Rachel Schaeffer for the 12-4 six-inning run rule.

As the visiting team, the Miners were the first on the board with a run by Zolton.

A trio of UTEP errors gave UNC a 2-1 advantage after the first inning.

The Miners tied in the top of the second and went ahead 6-2 after three singles and a double. The Bears scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth but UTEP answered with three runs in the next frame for the 9-4 lead.

UTEP was able to get three more runs in the top of the seventh inning to go ahead 12-4. T

A single and a home run by the Bears followed by a another single looked to give UNC some momentum. But that would be short lived, as Tunget saved the day, striking out two of the last four batters for the save.

The Miners return to action Friday as the host Loyola Marymount and Binghamton at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively. The tournament continues through Sunday.



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