El Paso, TX — UTEP tallied 10 hits, including two home runs, but couldn’t overcome North Texas’ four-run first inning, as the Miners (12-20, 4-5 Conference USA) fell to the second-place Mean Green (22-10, 8-1C-USA), 11-4, on Saturday afternoon at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
“We didn’t hit bad,” head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk said. “We had 10 hits which equaled their hits. Our hits weren’t timely hits like we’ve had in the past. But we got ourselves into the trouble with pitchers giving up too many walks. A lot ofthings happened when (North Texas) at two outs and we had to do a better job of finishing an inning. We have a tendency of getting those first two outs andthen letting it go.”
Pitcher Colleen Hohman found herself into trouble in the first inning, as she opened the game allowing a Brooke Foster single and walking three straight batters(Spencer Ferrell, Danielle Hoff and Jordan Terry) that led to the game’s first run. A fielding miscue allowed Ferrell and Hoff to cross home plate, while another run scored when Jennifer Beardsley walked with bases loaded and twoouts that plated Terry.
With theMiners down 5-0 in the second, Hohman crushed her sixth home run of the season, a solo shot to left center in the second inning. Hohman was 2-for-2 and tworuns scored on the day.
The MeanGreen answered with a couple long balls in the third inning. Bryana Wade hit her second of the season, a solo shot to left center, while Foster hit her third of the series, a two-out, one-run knock to right center.
The Miners never recovered.
Tahla Wade recorded her ninth RBI of the season in the fifth inning, a ground rule double that scored Miraya Montiel. Montiel finished 3-for-3 on the day. Alanna Leasau matched Hohman’s home run total when she smacked a two-run bomb to deep center field.
Up next,UTEP will renew its rivalry with I-10 foe NM State on Tuesday, March 25 in Las Cruces starting at 5:30 p.m. MT.