DAVIS, Ca. – The UTEP softball team (3-11) fell to Seattle, 6-5, in eight innings on Saturday. Julia Wright threw 162 pitches in 7.1 innings with three strikeouts during the starting effort.
The Miners, who found themselves down 3-0 after an inning, had taken a two-run lead lead following a pair of runs in the third frame on a Lindsey Sokoloski triple and an Arianna Valles sac-fly. UTEP crossed the dish three more times during the fourth inning to take the 5-3 lead. However, Seattle tied the contest in the bottom fourth and scored the eventual walk-off win in the eighth.
Sokoloski finished 2-4 with a run and RBI at the leadoff spot, while Kacey Duffield and Kasey Flores each recorded a hit and scored a run apiece. Ilena Santos and Linda Garcia each registered an RBI, while Bryana Munoz also scored a run.
The Redhawks got off to a quick start, scoring three runs on three hits in the first frame to take the early advantage.
In the top of the second inning Duffield drew a walk, extending her reached-base streak to 14 games. Seattle, in the home half, was threatening with runners on the corners with two outs. But Garcia, a senior, made a brilliant play, faking a throw to second base and threw out the runner at third who was attempting to steal home.
Garcia began the third frame by drawing a walk, and Munoz entered for her on the base paths. Sokoloski brought her in with a triple that was well placed into right center field. Valles followed up with a sacrifice fly, plating Sokoloski to cut the deficit to one run (3-2).
In the fourth inning for the Miners, Duffield led off with a single and then Kasey Flores singled to right center while advancing to second base on an error. Kira McKechnie drew a walk the next at-bat to load the bases with no outs for UTEP. Santos reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Duffield to tie the game, 3-3.
Then Garcia came to the plate and hit a ball to the shortstop, who attempted to make a play at home on Flores, but a savvy slide by the freshman resulted in a run. McKechnie on the next at-bat scored on by a wild pitch and gave the Miners some breathing room, making the count 5-3.
Seattle would tie the game (5-5) in the bottom of the fourth frame.
With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Redhawks, the Miners defense went to work. A huge 3-2-4 double play got two outs and then a pop out to Santos ended the inning with no runs across for Seattle, 5-5.
The Miners, again, faced a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, but Sokoloski made a play out in right field to end the frame and extend the game into extra innings.
The Miners, after Cortney Smith was placed at second base due to international softball extra inning rules, failed to push her across in the top of the eighth inning. The Redhawks took advantage, scoring the game-winning run in the bottom half of the eighth to end the game.
>> Lindsey Sokoloski recorded the first triple of the season for UTEP
>> Kacey Duffield extends her reached-base streak to 14 games
>> Bryana Munoz registers the first scored run of her career
>> First extra-inning game for the Miners in 2019