April 22, 2012
EL PASO, Texas—The UAB softball team fell, 7-0, to the UTEP Miners in the series finale on Sunday at Helen of Troy Softball Field in El Paso, Texas.
The Blazers (30-17, 13-5 C-USA) won the series, posting a pair of run-rule victories on Saturday with scores of 11-3 (5) and 8-0 (5). The Miners improve to 14-33 overall and 3-18 in league action.
“I think that we had opportunities early on to put runners in scoring position and we failed to do that, which set the tone for the game,” UAB head coach Marla Townsend said.
The Blazers had the bases loaded in the first inning with two outs after drawing three walks, but were unable to score.
The Miners struck first in the third inning. Laura Ramos smacked the first hit for UTEP and scored on Camilla Carrera’s home run to center field.
UTEP almost scored in the fourth inning as Charissa Ballesteros hit a leadoff double and moved to third on a bunt by Wade. Kate Armstrong fielded the bunt, but no one was covering first.
With runners in scoring position and two outs, pinch runner Ashley Eldridge was caught in a run down at third and was tagged out by Mandy Lowman as the Blazers escaped the situation unscathed.
UTEP added to its lead in the fifth frame thanks to a three-run homer by Chelsea Troupe. The Miners tacked on two additional runs on a Courtney Wade RBI-double and an Ashley Collazo single up the middle, giving UTEP the final 7-0 advantage.
UAB starter Leigh Streetman (9-7) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings pitched.
UTEP’s Cynthia Villastrigo pitched a complete-game with seven walks and three hits.
“Today was a new day. We knew that and we came out to play our game,” Townsend said. “That young lady pitched an outstanding game and we didn’t get the timing down in crucial situations.”
The Blazers will be back in action on Tuesday with a doubleheader at Lipscomb. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT.