The UTEP Softball team will travel to Hammond, La. to play in the Jimmy John’s Lion Classic II this weekend. The Miners will look to bounce back after Tuesday’s loss to rival New Mexico State.
The Miners will play a doubleheader on Friday afternoon when they face South Dakota State (1-4) at 2 p.m. MT and then will play the tournament host Southeastern Louisiana (3-1) at 4:30 p.m. MT.
UTEP (2-4) has had a slow start to the season, while the Miners are batting .258 as a team and have yet to hit a home run.
But the Miners are getting positive production from the newcomers. Freshman Kawehiokalani Netane leads the team in hitting (.444) and slugging percentage (.722), while junior transfer Erika Arcuri, who bats at the top of the order, is second in hitting (.353) and leads the team in on-base percentage (.500). Freshman Danielle Pearson has pitched a team-leading 16 innings (1.31 ERA) and won her first game in the Orange and Blue on Sunday. Junior transfer AlannaLeasau has hit a team-leading six RBI.
South Dakota State was defeated by North Dakota, 7-3, at the Cyclone Invitational on Sunday, while Southeastern Louisiana won its last game, 4-0, over Southern.
SDSU is lead by senior Devon Reick (.588 batting average) and senior Marlee Peterson (.385 BA and two home runs). Southeastern Louisiana is getting production from a couple freshman of its own. Amber Sather leads her squad in hitting (.333 and four RBI) and Taylor Bishop pitched a complete game her last outing, as shestruck out six batters and earned a win against Tennessee-Martin on February 8.
The Miners will continue tournament play on Saturday when they take on Louisiana State-Alexandria (9 a.m. MT) and Texas Southern (11:30 a.m. MT).