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The UTEP softball team will continue its home stand when they face East Carolina at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex on Easter weekend. The Miners (12-16, 1-4 C-USA) and Pirates (10-21, 1-5 C-USA) will play a Friday doubleheader – game one is slated for a 2 p.m. MT first pitch.
Both squads are coming off non-conference games on Wednesday. The Miners split with Siena, winning game one, 11-1, in five innings and losing game two, 5-4. The Pirates split with North Carolina State, winning game one, 5-2, and losing game two, 5-3.
Game one of the Wednesday doubleheader saw a few Miners have career days. Freshman Jade Rodriguez picked up her first win, in her first complete game, as a Miner. Rodriguez threw five innings and fanned a career-high six Saints in the win. Sophomore Tahla Wade had a two-run triple down the right line in the second inning and drove in another run with a stolen base in the third inning. Wade’s three RBI tied a career high. Sophomore Ariel Armendariz crushed her first-career home run – a solo shot to right center in the second inning.
UTEP split with Southern Miss in its previous conference series (one game was cancelled due to rain), while Houston swept East Carolina in three games.
UTEP and East Carolina will play the third game of the series on Saturday at 12 p.m. MT.
-UTEP ranks second in C-USA team batting (.287).-
-Freshman Kawehiokalani Netane (.357), junior Erika Arcuri (.349) and senior Kayla Oranger (.330) all rank in the top 15 C-USA individual batting.
Junior Alanna Leasau is tied for first in RBI (28).
Miners’ 30 stolen bases have almost doubled last season’s stolen base total (16).
Double-digit RBI – senior Kayleigh Walts (15), senior Ashley Collazo (12), Netane (10).
UTEP is 4-18 all-time versus East Carolina; Miners have lost their last nine to the Pirates.
The Miners last beat the Pirates on May 7, 2009 (4-3), in a C-USA Tournament game.
Pirates’ Kristi Oshiro (.380) ranks second in C-USA batting average, while Jordan Lewis (.350) ranks eighth.
Oshiro ranks first in triples (5) and tied for first in doubles (10).
Oshiro (58) and Alex Fieldhouse (55) are ranked in the top five in total bases.
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