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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 21:45
Chelsea Troupe broke UTEP’s single-season home run record in the Miners’ 10-3 nightcap win over New Mexico on Tuesday afternoon at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. The Miners dropped the first game of the doubleheader 10-4 to the Lobos.
Troupe went into game one with a Conference USA leading 11 home runs this season and blasted two long balls in back-to-back at bats in game one to tie Camilla Carrera’s previous record of 13 set in 2009. The Oceanside, Calif., junior broke the record with a centerfield bomb that knotted the game 2-2.
Freshman Laura Ramos had put UTEP on the scoreboard with her first career home run in the bottom of the second. The Lobos responded with their own jack in the top of the fifth before Kayleigh Walts RBI single tied up the game once again, 3-3, in the fifth frame.
The Miners held off UNM in the top of the sixth setting up a seven-run inning led off by Troupe. Troupe blasted a long double deep into center field that appeared headed beyond the fence. Ramos connected once again for a two-RBI dinger to put the Miners up 5-3.
Kia Moore and Kayla Oranger reached first on a base hit and on an error, respectively, before the Miners loaded up the bases on freshman Samantha Alvillar’s walk. Alvillar was back in action after a 10-game hiatus. The Miners began bringing in the runs with Camille Herrera’s single to left field forcing a change in the circle that in turn brought in a run on a wild pitch. Becky Smiths base hit scored Alvillar.
Crystal Carrion, pinch running for Herrera, was called out at third placing Walts on first on the fielder’s choice. Another Lobo mishap, a passed ball, advanced Walts and Smith one base each. Both crossed home on Troupe’s deep single up the middle making it 10-3 in favor of the Miners.
UNM’s Kaity Ingram grounded out to the shortstop for the first out of the seventh. Kerry Hodgins was robbed off a hit when Courtney Ware flew across left field to make the catch on a hard hit fly. Senior Courtney Auger allowed one more hit before Moore ended the game making a catch on a line drive to right field.
Troupe and Ramos finished with three hits, three RBIs and two runs each. Senior pitcher Courtney Auger threw the complete game for the win.
“We are very proud of how the team responded in the second game,” co-head coach James Rodriguez said. “We’re happy for Chelsea and all the records she will have when she’s done playing.”
In the first game, it was the Miners up first on the board 1-0. UNM took the lead in the top of the second scoring two runs off of three hits and an error. The Lobos widened the lead with a six-run inning in the fifth scoring six runs off of seven hits and scored the 10th run in the sixth on a home run.
Troupe’s first home run of the day cut that lead 10-2 and the Miners added another run with a couple of singles. Troupe tied Carrera’s record with her second long ball of the day to add the Miners’ fourth and final run in game one.
The Miners will take the road east for a three-game Conference USA series against UAB on Saturday and Sunday. UTEP will stay on the road for a pair of games at Jacksonville State.