March 17, 2012
Game One-Final Box
Game Two-Final Box
El Paso, Texas - UTEP (12-17, 2-3 C-USA) dropped their first two games to Houston on Saturday falling 5-2 in game one and 10-0 in game two. The Cougars (14-13, 3-2 C-USA) rallied from behind to beat the Miners in game one with a five run inning. An early grand slam off the bat of Diedre Outon got the Cougars scoring started as the Miners were shutout in game two.
Bailey Watts hurled 4.2 innings without allowing a hit and striking out five Miners. Courtney Ware stepped up to the plate with two outs and knocked a single to left for the first UTEP hit of the day. Tahla Wade followed with a single of her own to move Ware into scoring position. With Ware on second Kellie Eastman singled her home to break up the shutout and give the Miners a 1-0 edge over the Cougars.
Kayla Oranger drove in the second UTEP run after she singled with Carrera on third.
Joanna Krienitz took to the circle for her first start of the season and pitched a shutout allowing just four hits through the first five innings
The Cougars led off the sixth with a single and a double to get a run home and cut the Miner lead to just one. After Gregson was hit by a pitch Outon crushed a three-run homer to give Houston a 4-2 lead. The fifth run of the inning crossed the plate after Gerbracht singled after a Kinkert double.
Bailey pitched a three up, three down top of the seventh to secure the victory for Houston. Bailey pitched a complete game scattering two hits on four runs.
Cynthia Villastrigo started game two for the Miners and did not allow a hit through her first 2.2 innings. Villastrigo four batters in the third allowing the first run to come across and loading the bases or the Cougars. Outon broke up the no-hitter with a grand slam, her second homer of the day, giving Houston a 5-0 lead.
Gregson sent a ball out of the park for a two-run home run off of Laura Ramos in the bottom of the fifth.
A three-run home run by Anderson off of Krienitz. ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Miners had 10 hits in the game but weren’t able to bring any runs home off of Outon who pitched a complete game seven hit shutout to go with her four RBIs in the game.
The Cougars scored 11 of their 15 total runs off of four home runs.
The Miners will look to rebound on Sunday in the finale of the three game series in Houston, Texas.