HUNTINGTON, W.V. – Marshall used eight stolen bases in game one, and a four-run fifth inning in game two, as UTEP was swept on the first day of the Conference USA series opener at Dot Hicks Field.
The Thundering Herd (11-8, 2-0 C-USA) run ruled the Miners (9-15, 0-2 C-USA), 10-1, in the opening game, while winning the second 5-1.
UTEP 1, Marshall 10 (5)
Linda Garcia tied the contest 1-1 with her third home run of the season. The sophomore connected on a 0-1 pitch, a solo shot to straight away center.
But Marshall used a three-run third and a six-run fourth to put UTEP away. The Miners tallied only four hits that included two Courtney Clayton doubles and a Taylor Sargent double. UTEP had loaded the bases in the fourth but couldn’t capitalize.
Jordan Dixon (7-7) earned the win, as she struck out 10 batters in a complete game effort. Danielle Pearson (2-4) struck out five and walked none. She allowed 10 runs, as six were earned. UTEP committed five errors on the day.
UTEP 1, Marshall 5
Lindsey Sokoloski gave the Miners a 1-0 lead in the fourth. UTEP loaded the bases with two outs, as Garcia reached on a fielder’s choice, and Kawehiokalani Netane and Ariel Blair recorded back-to-back singles. Sokoloski slapped a ball over the right infield, plating Garcia, but couldn’t get any other runners across the dish.
Marshall then tied the contest in the bottom half, as Raquel Escareno doubled, scoring pinch runner Jordan Colliflower. The Thundering Herd put the game away with a four-run fifth inning, led by a pair of Escareno RBI on a single to right field.
The Miners would load the bases in the fifth, but couldn’t sustain anymore offense to bring the runners home. The team would leave 10 runners left on base in the game. UTEP tallied nine knocks, led by Pearson and Ariel Blair – each going 2-for-3 in the contest.
Dixon (8-7) picked up the win, as she entered the contest down 1-0. The junior hurler threw 3.1 innings and struck out a pair. Fifield (2-8) threw 6.0 innings, striking out a trio of batters.
UTEP and Marshall will play the series finale on Sunday, starting at Noon ET. The Miners will return to the Sun City to host rival New Mexico on March 15 in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.