Hohman Hurls Gem In Victory Over Nevada, Miners Drop Game Two
April 12, 2012
EL PASO, Texas—The UTEP softball team split a pair of game with Nevada at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex Thursday afternoon. The Miners (13-28) posted their first shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory in the first game. UTEP led 2-0 heading to the fifth inning of the second contest only to have the Wolfpack score nine times in the next two innings to secure an eventual 9-2 triumph.
Senior Camilla Carrera blasted three more homers on the day, including a pair in the second game. The effort lifts hers seasonal sum to a nation-leading 27.
Sophomore Colleen Hohman had a solid day in the circle, allowing only one run on five hits while striking out six in a combined nine innings of work.
Game One Recap
EL PASO, Texas-- Colleen Hohman delievered a sterling performance in the circle and Camilla Carrerra and Chelsea Troupe each belted solo home runs to lift UTEP past Nevada, 2-0, in the first game of the doubleheader at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex Thursday afternoon.
Hohman scattered four hits and walked just one while punching out four to notch the first shutout on the season for the Miners (13-27). Overall it marked the seventh complete game of the campaign for the sophomore.
Carrera laced her nation-leading 25th home run in the bottom of the first inning to afford Hohman all the support she would need. Troupe added an insurance run with a long ball that sailed well over the scoreboard in right center in bottom half of the sixth inning.
The Wolfpack’s (13-27) Mallary Overall Darby yielded five hits and struck out six in the complete-game losing effort.
Nevada threatened in the first inning with a lead-off single from Karley Hopkins, and she advanced to second on a fielders’ choice. Hohman escaped trouble, however, by inducing back-to-back fly outs.
Darby retired the first two Miners in their portion of the frame, and the Wolfpack decided to pitch to Carrerra. She made them pay with the long ball to left field.
Hohman got two quick outs in the second before a single from Chelsea Venable and a double by Emily Seidel put runners on second and third. Hohman made a good pitch, though, to force Chelsea Barilli to ground out to end the inning.
After yielding a lead-off single in the top of the third, Hohman found her groove for good. She retired 15 of the next 16 batters, with the lone blemish in the sequence coming on a walk in the top of the seventh.
Troupe jumped all over a mistake by Darby in the bottom of the sixth, with her 15th home run on the year putting UTEP up 2-0.
UTEP senior Camilla Carrera crushed a pair of home runs but Nevada came away with a 9-2 victory to earn a split in the doubleheader.
Nevada’s Karlyn Jones worked her way around a pair of walks and eight hits to notch the complete-game victory.
Cynthia Villastrigo showed her mettle early on, pitching out of trouble on a couple of occasions to keep the Wolfpack scoreless through four. She was dinged for three runs in the fifth and left the game after the first two batters reached during the decisive sixth inning. Colleen Hohman, who had a dazzling four-hit shutout in game one, kept Nevada to just one run while recording the final six outs.
After two quick outs in the bottom of the first frame, Carrera had a line-drive home run to put the Miners up 1-0.
Carrera provided some fireworks with a no-doubt homer to start the bottom of the third inning, putting the home side up 2-0. Troupe followed with a double but Jones took care of the next three Miners.
Nevada appeared to be in a good position to rally in the fourth, with a pair of runners on and only one out. Villastrigo once again worked her magic by getting Chelsea Venable to ground out and Emily Seidel to fly out.
The Wolfpack finally broke through in the fifth. Things started innocently enough with a lead-off walk to Chelsea Barilli, but she stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Hopkins laced a single through the right side to plate Barilli.
Campbell and Laslrapes followed with singles of their own to load the bases with no outs. Villastrigo got Sara Parsons to line out but Nevada evened the game with a sacrifice fly by Megan Fincher. Sam Puzey then delivered a two-out single to give the Wolfpack their first lead of the day at 3-2.
The Miners looked to rally in the bottom of the fifth but Jones was able to navigate safely through the trio of Kayla Black, Carrera and Troupe.
The pitching performance through the middle of UTEP’s line-up loomed larger in the next inning, with Nevada tacking on six runs. The sequence started with a single, followed by four straight walks. Parsons then cleared the bases with a double. She then accounted for the final run of the game, scoring on a wild pitch.
UTEP returns to action when it resumes Conference USA play with a trio of road games this weekend. The Miners will face Memphis in a double header starting at 12 p.m. MT Saturday before wrapping up the series at 11 a.m. MT Sunday.