UTEP softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced the additions of El Paso natives Sarah Rocha and Ruby Sanchez on Thursday.
The two walk-ons have signed their Acceptance of Admission Forms and have been admitted to UTEP for the Fall 2016 semester.
“We are excited to add both Ruby and Sarah to our roster,” Echo-Hawk said. “Both will provide a ton of power to our offensive lineup.”
Rocha and Sanchez were teammates at Montwood High School before Rocha transferred to El Dorado High School prior to the 2015 season. Rocha will be listed as on outfielder, while Sanchez will play at the utility position.
Rocha, before transferring to El Dorado, was named Second Team All-State in 2014 (sophomore season) after hitting .535 with 12 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 42 RBI and an on-base percentage of .586 in 32 games started at Montwood.
During her senior campaign at El Dorado, Rocha started 23 contests, hitting .532 with a home run, 25 RBI, 21 runs, 13 doubles and two triples. She recorded a season high in hits (4-of-5) and RBI (four) while digging out a trio of doubles during a 13-12 victory against Seminole. Rocha registered 11 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games.
Sanchez started 26 contests, hitting .441 with five long balls, 18 RBI, 17 runs, seven doubles and a triple. She also made an impact in the circle, making 20 appearances and fashioning a 4-0 record with a 3.71 ERA in 90.2 innings. She went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a home run during an 8-7 victory against Eastwood High School.
In another victory against Eastwood, Sanchez earned the win in the circle, hurling 7.0 innings with six Ks and hit a home run on a 3-for-5, three-RBI performance. She registered 11 multi-hit games as she helped lead the Rams (16-9-1, 8-3-1 district) advance to the UIL 2016 Girls Softball State Championship playoffs.
Rocha and Sanchez will join fellow freshman and El Paso native Bryanna Molina (Hanks) on the 2017 roster. Overall, seven student-athletes will don the Orange and Blue in the coming year. Veterans Ariel Blair (Hanks), Kaitlin Fifield (Chapin), Taylor Grohmann (Americas) and Erika Harrawood (Franklin) are also natives of El Paso.