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El Paso, TX — After pulling off a home sweep of Middle Tennessee, UTEP softball will travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on Florida Atlantic on April 18-19 at FAU Softball Stadium.
Friday’s doubleheader starts at 4 p.m. MT, while Saturday’s contest is set for 11 a.m.
The Miners (15-27, 7-8 Conference USA), who are in eighth place in the conference standings, kept their post-season hopes alive after the weekend sweep of the Blue Raiders. Conference will take eight of the 13 programs to Boca Raton for the 2014 C-USA Tournament May 8-10.
The Owls (27-21, 9-9) currently stand in sixth place. The Miners control their own destiny as they will complete the home portion of the schedule against seventh-place UTSA (20-23, 7-8) on April 26-27 and will finish the regular season at fifth-place East Carolina (21-17, 10-8) on May 3-4.
East Carolina is on its conference bye weekend, but will play Elon University this weekend. UTSA will take on No. 18 Tulsa during a three-game series in San Antonio, Texas April 18-19.
The Miners are ranked in the top half of the league inmultiple offensive categories – batting average (.305) is ranked No. 3, doubles (58) is ranked No. 4 and runs scored (205) is ranked No. 4.
Erika Arcuri has been consistent at the dish, batting a team-best .385 (52-for-135). The senior is ranked eighth in hitting in the conference, while she only strikes out every 22.5 at bats – ranked No. 2 in conference and No. 42 nationally.
Ashley Eldridge has tallied 17 doubles, ranking tied No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in conference. The junior also leads the Miners in RBI(31), runs scored (28) and stolen bases (seven).
Colleen Hohman leads the team in home runs (eight) andslugging percentage (.653). The senior pitcher/infielder came off a successful weekend where she won two games, notched a save, and hit two two-run home runs in one inning during the sweep of Middle Tennessee.
Kawehiokalani Netane’s bat has been on fire since March 25. The sophomore is batting .450 (9-of-20), with three home runs and 10 RBI during the 10-game span. Netane has tallied four long balls and 18 RBI during the 2014 campaign.
Series vs. Florida Atlantic
Friday’s game one contest will mark the first meeting between the two programs.
Scouting Florida Atlantic
The Owls are hitting .254 as a team, with seven home runs and 155 runs scored. Christina Martinez leads the Owls in hitting (.357) and is tied with Jordan Stovall with a team-best 23 RBI. Shelby Knox has tallied 21 RBI, while Melissa Martinez is pacing the team with two home runs.
In the circle, Samantha Messer (12-7) leads the team in wins and ERA (1.72), while Kylee Hanson is 7-9 with a 1.79 ERA and leads the staff with 83 Ks. Amanda Wilson is 8-4 with a 2.66 ERA. The staff has combined for 205 Ks and only 79 walks.
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