Miner Round Up on the Road: Battle in the desert, UTEP Softball vs Arizona State

Tempe Arizona,

A classic battle in the desert on Wednesday afternoon as the Miners faced off against the against the Sun Devils in doubleheader action as well as a homecoming for UTEP Assistant coach Brittney Matta a 2x National Champ at Arizona State.

In game one the Miners struck first racking up six runs in the first two innings off of starting Sun Devils pitcher Mac Osborne. The Sun Devils turned to relief pitcher Deborah Jones in the second inning and held the Miners at bay for the following three innings.

Miners pitcher Taja Felder had her hands full as the Sun Devils were not going to go away that easy picking up ten runs in the first three innings. In the fourth Felder got out the inning with no runs but gave up three more in the fifth to extend the Sun Devils lead to 13 going into the sixth inning.

The Miners made a last running in the top of the seventh inning as they loaded up the bases with 2 outs and Ajia Richard’s slices the deficit to one run with a grand slam over the center field wall. Miners would line out on the next play by an amazing catch by the Sun Devils outfielder.

Miners fall to the Sun Devils in game one with a final Score of 13-12

Game Two was a different story as both pitchers controlled the game.

Miners Freshman starting pitcher Faith Aragon only gave up six hits with four strikeouts and one run in the second inning and held them scoreless until the Sun Devils broke it open in the bottom of the sixth with two runs to extend the lead to 3-0.

Sun Devils Ace pitcher Marissa Schuld held the Miners to only 4 hits and pitching a shut out to close out game two in the battle of the desert.

Miners will next head to Lubbock Texas on March 1st – 3rd in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic hosted by Texas Tech.

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