UTEP came from behind in both games to come away with two victories on Tuesday afternoon at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Two five run innings in game one led UTEP to a 10-8 come from behind victory over Evansville and another five run inning in game two led to the 7-4 Miner win.
A leadoff single and a double off of Cynthia Villastrigo led to an early 1-0 edge for the Aces. A four run second inning and a two run third gave Evansville a 7-0 lead.
Ashley Collazo laced a standup-double with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to four runs. Kayla Oranger drove Collazo home on a single up the middle for the fourth UTEP run of the inning. Kayla Black came up to bat and drove an RBI triple to left field to pull the Miners within two of the Purple Aces. Patterson got Kayleigh Walts to pop out to short to end the rally for
Samantha Alvillar and Chelsea Troupe leadoff the bottom of the fourth with a pair of singles and Cami Carrera crushed a three-run dinger off Taylor Perry to give the Miners an 8-7 lead. Kayla Black picked up two RBIs to cap off the five run inning.
Joanna Krienitz pitched 2.1 innings in relief but loaded the bases in the sixth inning on a single, walk, and a hit-by-pitch. Colleen Hohman came in with runners on every base to get the last two outs of the inning. Hohman got a fly ball to center for the second out but the runner at third scored to cut the UTEP lead to two. Hohman struck out Kendall Kautz to end the Purple Aces threat.
Evansville loaded the bases in the top of the seventh down two but Hohman struck out Rahming to end the game.
Krienitz picked up her first win of the season after giving up only one run on two hits in 2.1 relief innings. Hohman picked up her first save of the season.
The Miners scored their 10 runs on 16 hits and only struck out four times.
Chelsea Troupe leadoff the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot to left off of Kendall Kautz.
The Purple Aces answered back in the top of the second with a single and a double to tie the score at 1-1. A two RBI double off the bat of Ashleigh Rahming broke the tie and gave Evansville a 3-1 edge over UTEP.
Back-to-back doubles from Charissa Ballesteros and Kayla Black got the Miners back on the board with another run and cut the Aces lead to one.
Troupe hit a two-out double in the fifth followed by an intentional walk to Carrera and another walk to Ware to load the bases. Sarah Patterson came in for Kautz and got Ashley Collazo to strike out to end the inning.
A sixth inning rally by the Miners scored the game at 4-4. Ballesteros, Black, and Alvillar lead off the sixth with singles. An error by the third baseman after Alvillar’s single allowed both runs to score and Alvillar to get to third. Oranger knocked the fourth single of the inning. With runners on the corners Troupe broke the tie with a three-run jack to left center to give UTEP a 7-4 lead.
Hohman pitched a three up, three down top of the seventh to secure the Miner victory and her fifth complete game of the season.
Hohman moved to 4-7 on the season after her latest complete game victory. Giving up four runs on five hits and walking two. The sophomore struckout six Aces tying her season high.
The Miners will continue their four game series against the Purple Aces on Wednesday in a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.