Three Miners Hit Home Runs in Day One Split
Hardy lead UTEP, batting .600 for the day, going 3-5 including three runs, a home run and an RBI. Bennett went 3-7 with one run, one home run and added four RBI's, her 31st of the season. Ramirez was 2-5 with three runs, one home run and an RBI.
Megan Barber (10-14) earned her fifth shutout of the season in Game One. Barber allowed the Bears just two hits, fanned two, and walked one. She started Game Two but was relieved by Veronica Flournoy, who took the loss. She moves to 0-6 for the season.
The Miners combined for 13 runs on 18 hits in 51 at bats, including 11-25 in Game One. They were 7-26 in Game Two.
UTEP took the early lead in Game One, scoring one run in the top of the first inning when lead off batter, Ramirez, scored on a throwing error by Northern Colorado's shortstop Morgan Dahlman.
After a quick three-up three-down by Northern Colorado, Hardy sailed the ball over the center field wall for UTEP's first home run of the day, giving the Miners a 2-0 lead.
The Miners went on a scoring rally in the top of the fourth inning. Denise Emmons grounded-out to third base, plating Simone Holland for the first run of the inning. An error by the Bears' catcher, Ashley Geist, sent Hardy home for another run. After Gracie Borjas singled into right field, Ramirez hit a home run down the right field line for the 2-run RBI. With the score 6-0, Jennifer Davis lined out to center field to end the inning.
UTEP's final runs came off RBI-singles by Ashley Perez and Emmons for the 8-0 final.
The Bears were the first to score in Game Two, taking a 2-0 lead after the first inning. The Miners rallied to tie the game in the top of the third, when Davis drove home Emmons and Bennett plated Davis.
After a UTEP pitching change to start the third inning, Northern Colorado answered back, going one-up on the Miners for a 3-2 lead. They recorded three runs in the bottom of the fourth including a 2-run RBI double by Whittney Platten.
The Miners tried to bounce back when Bennett earned her fourth RBI of the game, knocking a home run to drive Ramirez and Davis home.
The Bears scored their final runs in the bottom of the fifth inning off a single and a UTEP error.
The Miners (18-32, 3-9 WAC) return to action at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday to end the series.
They return home April 30-May 1 when they take on Tulsa at Helen of Troy Field in what will be the seniors' final home game.