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DENTON, Texas – The UTEP softball team (7-19, 2-4 Conference USA) fell to North Texas (16-9, 5-1 C-USA), 3-1, in the final game of the series at Lovelace Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Julia Wright tied a career high with nine strikeouts for the Miners in 6.0 innings pitched.
A Pate Cathey dinger tied up the game at 1-1 in the second inning. That homer was the third of the freshman’s career.
Wright was dominating the strike zone through the first three frames, as the senior posted six strikeouts and zero walks but the Mean Green scored two runs in the sixth inning to get by the Miners.
In the top of the sixth frame, senior Linda Garcia led off with a single and then was pinch ran for by Jordyn Quevedo. Ariana Valles would get on from a walk, and then the Mean Green decided to intentionally walk Kacey Duffield to load the bases with two outs. The decision paid off for North Texas as the Miners failed to bring any runners across the dish.
Wright would eventually tie her career high in strikeouts with her ninth coming in the sixth frame, but North Texas took advantage of late walks and plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead.
The Miners made things interesting when Kasey Flores singled with one out in the top seventh and Garcia was hit by a pitch with two outs to put the go-ahead run in the batter’s box. But Mean Green pitcher Hope Trautwein used her seventh strikeout to end the contest.
> Julia Wright tied a career high with nine strikeouts
>> Pate Cathey hit the third homer of her freshman season
On deck, the Miners will return home to play a doubleheader versus rival NM State in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 on Tuesday (5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. MT). Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. For more information about the team day program call the UTEP marketing department at (915) 747-6065.