Ware Slams UTEP to Victory over Valpo, Miners Drop Game Two to UTSA
March 4, 2012
El Paso, Texas - UTEP wrapped up tournament play on Sunday in the final day of the UTEP Invitational with a win and a loss. The Miners (8-13) took on Valpariso and came away with a 7-6 after a go-ahead grand slam from Courtney Ware. The final game of the tournament pitted UTEP against UTSA in a 11-2 win for the Roadrunners.
Joylyn Ichiyama hit homer down the left field line in the second inning off Colleen Hohman in the second inning with a runner on base to give Valparaiso a 2-0 edge over UTEP.
Alex Legesse took a no-hitter into the third inning against the UTEP lineup. Chelsea Troupe leadoff the fourth with a solo shot to left field and Camilla Carrera followed up with a solo blast of her own to tie the game at 2-0. The Miners tacked on another run with an RBI from Ashley Collazo.
Another Valpo home run, this time off the bat of Amanda Wisniewski, tied the game at three all in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Crusaders broke the tie on a sac-fly in the bottom of the sixth inning off the bat of Kelsey Phalen in the next frame.
With two outs in the top of the seventh Troupe hit a triple, which was followed by an intentional walk to Carrera and another walk to Samantha Alvillar to load the bases for the Miners. Courtney Ware came up to bat for UTEP and laced a grand slam down the left field line.
Hohman came back out to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning and retired the first two batters in order. She then walked Sara Strickland and Brittany Duncan came up to bat and belted a home run to left center to bring the Crusaders within one run. The next two batters reached base on a single and a walk with two outs but Hohman was able to get a strikeout to end the game and secure the UTEP victory.
Hohman picked up her third win of the season in the complete game effort. She gave up six runs on nine hits and seven walks with five strikeouts.
Courtney Ware went 2-4 on the day with four RBIs.
Cynthia Villastrigo got off to a rocky start pitching only 1/3 of an inning and walking in a run with the bases loaded. Laura Ramos came in to relieve Villastrigo with runners on each base and issued another walk to give the Roadrunners a 2-0 lead. Two singles and a double led to a 7-0 lead for UTSA. Joanna Krienitz came in to the game as the third pitcher of the day for UTEP. A single up the middle capped off the eight run inning for the Roadrunners. Krienitz got a flyball to end the frame.
UTSA added two more runs in the third inning when Low hit a two run double.
Halyee Staton held the Miners to three hits through the first three innings. The Miners got two hits in the inning and brought two runs home with Kayla Black hitting the two-run RBI double for UTEP.
UTSA got their final run across in the top of the fifth.
Staton picked up the win allowing the two runs on five hits and no walks. Villastrigo (4-5) got the loss in the game pitching only 1/3 of inning giving up four runs on two hits and two walks.
The Miners will be right back in action on Tuesday against Evansville in a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m. at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.