Softball To Take on I-10 Rival NMSU Wednesday
March 11, 2008
EL PASO, Texas - The UTEP and New Mexico State softball teams will square off in a doubleheader on Wed., March 12 at Helen of Troy Field. First pitch of the twin bill is slated for 3:00 p.m.
The Miners come into the series with their best start since their 2004 inaugural campaign with a 17-6 overall record and a best conference start of 3-0.
UTEP made history over the weekend, sweeping its first-ever conference series, defeating UAB 3-0, 8-0 and 10-2 en route to just its fifth series in program history.
The Miners are 10-2 at home this season with losses to UTSA and UC Riverside, but are riding a four game win streak with hopes of making it six. Two home wins Wednesday could help gain some momentum heading into its first conference road series of the season at Tulsa later in the week.
New Mexico State leads the series 13-4, but the Miners hold the 3-2 advantage at Helen of Troy. The Aggies have made the trip to the Sun City just seven of 17 times since the 2004 campaign and just once in the last five meetings. The last time NMSU was in El Paso came in a doubleheader on March 15, 2006 with UTEP sweeping the series 10-6 and 7-2.
In 2008, the Aggies hold a 1-0 advantage, as they defeated the Miners 7-3 on Feb. 20 in Las Cruces.
The Miners are paced by freshman Camilla Carrera who was named Conference USA Hitter of the Week on Monday after going 5-for-6 at the plate for a batting average of .833. She leads the team in batting average with .447, the only Miner to bat over the .400 mark. She rates first on the team in RBI (21) and tied in homers (4).
Slugging .809, Carrera has also tallied 18 runs on 21 hits and five doubles with seven walks and is 2-for-2 in stolen bases.
On the defensive end, the Arizona native has proved her versatility, as the catcher is currently playing right field for the injured Ashley Ellis.
In the circle, the Miners are led by a trio of hurlers, two of which have tossed no-hitters in 2008.
Stacie Townsend leads the Miners with 1.64 ERA anda team-leading 70 strike outs in 55.1 innings pitched. She went 2-0 against UAB and fanned a career-high 11 batters in the conference opener.
The Aggies are 13-15 overall, with a 2-1 record in away games this season.
Stephanie Herrera leads NMSU batting an impressive .528 with 19 runs scored on a team-leading 38 hits. She has knocked in just four RBI but is 13-15 in stolen bases, just five fewer that all of UTEP's runners combined. Kim Watson leads the Aggies in the circle, compiling a 10-9 record with a 2.16 ERA. She has struck out 108 batters in 97.1 innings of play. She defeated the Miners earlier in the season, allowing three runs on five hits. She walked four and fanned just three UTEP sluggers.
The Miners will resume conference play as they head to Tulsa to take part in a three game series on March 15 and 16. They return home on March 18 to take on the NCAA defending national champion, Arizona in a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader.