UTEP Softball Powers Past NM State

UTEP Softball (11-22, 2-10 C-USA) snapped NM State’s (17-17, 6-6 WAC) five-game win streak as the Miners showed up and showed out Tuesday night at Helen of Troy Field with three home runs highlighting the 7-4 victory in the 53rd Battle of I-10 contest. 

NMSU drove in a pair of runs in the second frame with consecutive singles by Kayla Bowen and Jillian Taylor to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead. 

Both teams’ leadoff hitters—Kendal Lunar and Ajia Richard—blasted solo home runs in the third inning to give the game some momentum. 

With bases loaded and two away in the fourth inning, UTEP relief pitcher, Mackenzee Collins, retired the final batter on a swinging strikeout, sending the Miners back to the plate in the bottom half of the inning. Idalis Mendez earned a walk, and Savannah Favre followed with a single to force a pitching change for the Aggies. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Caitlyn Brockway (2 RBI) and Peyton Angulo (1 RBI) lifted the Miners to a 4-3 lead. 

After a scoreless fifth inning, NMSU knotted the game in the top of the sixth with a standup double by Riley Carley to plate Taylor from second. The Miners regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of home runs. Brockway fired a nuke down the left field line for the one-run cushion. Angulo followed with a four-pitch walk, and Jordyn Lopez came into the game as her pinch runner just before Richard blasted her second home run of the night to stretch UTEP’s lead, 7-4. 

The Aggies placed one runner on in the final frame, but the Miners turned in a double play and a 6-3 putout to follow to wrap up the win. 

Miner Quick Hits    

  • Ajia Richard: 2-for-2, 3 RBI, 2 HR 
  • Caitlyn Brockway: 2-for-3, 3RBI, HR, 2B 
  • Peyton Angulo: 1-for-2, RBI, 2B 
  • Savannah Favre: 1-for-3 
  • Rylan Dooner: 1-for-3 

Notes 

>> First win against the Aggies since March 19, 2019, a 11-3 run-rule victory in El Paso, Texas 

>> First home victory over NM State since March 19, 2019 

>> NMSU outhit UTEP 13:7 

>> NMSU left 10 runners on compared to UTEP’s two (2) 

>> Ajia Richard leads the squad with seven (7) home runs on the season 
  

ON DECK     
UTEP will travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to face off against Florida Atlantic for a three-game series, April 14–16. 
   

    
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