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Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 9:18pm
The UTEP softball team closed out the Conference USA Houston series on Sunday afternoon with a 15-0 loss to the Cougars at the Helen of Troy Field.
Houston’s senior pitcher Amanda Crabtree pitched the complete game shutout finishing the game striking out nine of 22 batters faced and allowing just four hits and walking two. Crabtree improved to 15-6 in 2011 while UTEP’s freshman pitcher Megan Atchison fell to 3-7 after giving up four runs to begin game three of the series.
Atchison was pulled in favor of Joanna Krienitz who closed out the top of the first without any further damage. The sophomore hurler gave up seven hits and five runs in 1.2 innings pitched. Krienitz was relieved by senior Courtney Auger in the top of the third, but the Houston hitters were unstoppable.
Houston scored six more runs on six hits off of Auger’s pitches to run rule the Miners 15-0 in five innings.
The Miners will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., for next weekend’s league matchup with Southern Miss.
The New Mexico State baseball team (24-8, 2-2 WAC) was held scoreless for the second time in the series as Louisiana Tech defeated the Aggies 10-0 at J.C. Love Field, Sunday, April 10.
It was a 1-0 game heading into the bottom of the fifth with senior Dan Reid performing well on the mound before he took a line-drive off his non throwing hand that pulled him out of the game. Reid went 4 1/3 innings and struck out six batters as he was credited with his first loss of the year.
"It's disappointing that we couldn't get three out of four because if we want a league title, we have to win on the road," head coach Rocky Ward said. "Their starter was pretty good and we just couldn't get anything going. Dan Reid was good again and it is unfortunate that he had to come out of the game."
The Aggies are now 17-11 all-time against La. Tech and this is the first time in head coach Rocky Ward's career that his team has been shutout in a season. NM State has came into the series winning seven straight against the Bulldogs and heads into next week's home series against San Jose State 2-2 in league play.