Photo by Michael Reese
LAS VEGAS – UTEP Softball fell twice on Saturday to NM State and Houston at the Boyd Rebel Gaming Classic at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas.
In the first game on Saturday, NM State (10-6) used a four-run first inning and took advantage of five UTEP (4-14) errors to propel the Aggies to an 8-0 win over the Miners in a shortened contest in Las Vegas.
Houston (15-4) won its 10th straight game on Saturday afternoon with the help of three home runs, including two grand slams, in an 11-0 win over UTEP in five innings.
On Sunday, UTEP will close out the weekend by taking on UNLV for a second time at 12 p.m. MT in Las Vegas.
GAME 1: NM STATE 8, UTEP 0 (5 INN.)
UTEP fell behind four runs after one inning of play against NM State after the Aggies plated four runs in the bottom of the first for an early 4-0 lead.
The game remained that way until the fourth when UTEP allowed three more Aggies to cross home plate on a trio of base knocks and two Miner errors. NM State plated the final run of the game in the fifth when the leadoff batter reached on an error and later came around to score to end the game by a score of 8-0.
Zaylie Calderon (1-3) got the start in the circle for UTEP and was tabbed with the loss after allowing seven runs – five earned – on 11 hits in four innings. Bryana Munoz came on in the fifth and gave up an unearned run while walking three in the inning.
At the plate, the Miners were out-hit 11-4 in the contest with two of those hits coming off the bat of Ariana Valles, who was 2-for-2 in the game. UTEP also saw hits from Idalis Mendez (1-for-2, BB) and Macey Brown (1-for-2).
GAME 2: HOUSTON 11, UTEP 0 (5 INN.)
UTEP and Houston were scoreless through the first two and a half innings, but the Cougar bats came alive with three home runs, including two grand slams, over the final three frames to give Houston an 11-0 victory.
Houston put up four runs in the third after two base hits and a walk set up the first grand slam of the game to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead. In the fourth, a pair of walks led to a three-run homer before Houston added to its lead later in the inning with its second grand slam of the game.
Allie Johnson (0-2) suffered the loss for the Miners in the circle after allowing 11 runs on nine hits and walking six in the start.
Macey Brown and Pate Cathey led the Miners at the plate after each went 1-for-2 on the afternoon.
Live stats for every game this weekend will be available by accessing the links on the UTEP Softball schedule page on UTEPMiners.com.
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