Kelly Curran Throws No-Hitter as Miners Open Conference USA, 2-0
March 8, 2008
EL PASO, Texas - Kelly Curran became just the fourth UTEP player in school history to toss a no-hitter, the second player this season, as the sophomore from Albuquerque, N.M. led the Miners past UAB, 8-0 in five innings of play in the nightcap. UTEP shutout the Blazers, 3-0, in the first game of the day to open Conference USA play 2-0 and finish the day 16-6 overall.
Three walks and one UTEP error kept Curran from a perfect game, as she struck out six batters to move to a flawless 4-0 season.
Stacie Townsend (6-4) received the Game 1 win as she recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts and allowed just three walks.
Townsend also contributed four RBI offensively for the Miners as she posted a 3-for-4 outing.
The Miners' offense dominated the Blazers, as UTEP connected for 15 hits, nine of which were in the nightcap. UTEP was able to add three doubles to tally 48 (2.19 pg) for 2008.
Camilla Carrera ended the day with a 3-for-4 outing that included four runs and a double.
Townsend retired the first six batters to open the series.
Carrera singled into left field to break open UTEP's offensive attach in the bottom of the second. An error and an RBI single up the middle by Jennifer Stalter scored Carrera for the 1-0 score.
The Miners were able to get two more runs off the Blazers as Ashley Perez hit a two-out single. Carrera blasted a double to the centerfield fence, plating Perez and reached home off a single by Andi Zolton.
The Blazers had a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fourth but UTEP's defensive talent of Perez, Stalter and Rachel Schaffer was able to stop the runner at home, securing UTEP's 3-0 victory.
The Miners were able to carry the momentum into Game 2, as Amber Bennett shot off a single into right field to start the game.
Carrera drew a walk, moving Bennett to second. A fielding error advanced the two runners and a fielder's choice by Perez allowed them to score for the 2-0 start.
The Miners scored again as another UAB error put Bennett on base. She stole second and an RBI single by Townsend drove home Bennett for the unearned run.
A walk and two singles loaded the bases for the Miners in the bottom of the fourth, as Townsend blasted a double up the middle, scoring Stalter, Bennett and Carrera for the 7-0 lead.
A walk-off home run by Stalter in the bottom of the fifth gave UTEP the mercy rule, 8-0 victory.
The two victories are the Miners' fifth and sixth shutouts of the season and the first time in school history UTEP has kept its league foe scoreless in a series.
UTEP looks to capture its first conference series sweep as it concludes the series Sunday at noon. They will face New Mexico State on Wednesday in a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader.