FILE: Defensively, Ariana Valles turned in nice numbers, tallying four assists and three putouts. UTEP also turned its 14th double play of the season during the first inning, in which Valles was part of the inning-ending play.
HATTIESBURG, Ms. – UTEP took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Ariel Blair crossed the dish after a Southern Miss error, but the Golden Eagles (14-20, 4-5 Conference USA) scored four unanswered runs to get by the Miners (11-21, 1-8 C-USA), 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at USM Softball Complex.
The UTEP offense managed to get three hits, including one by Taylor Sargent in the seventh inning with one out to put a pair of runners on. Kaitlin Ryder had reached on an error prior. But the Golden Eagles’ defense turned a double play to end the contest.
Ariana Valles singled in the sixth and Kira McKechnie, who made a start at the designated player position, singled during the third. Julia Wright made the start, while Allie Johnson and McKechnie both made appearances in the circle. The pitchers combined for only one walk.
Defensively, Valles turned in nice numbers, tallying four assists and three putouts. UTEP also turned its 14th double play of the season during the first inning, in which Valles was part of the inning-ending play.
The Miners will play at rival NM State on Tuesday, March 27 in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Conference USA action will resume on Easter Weekend (March 30-31) against UTSA at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
Friday’s doubleheader against the Roadrunners will begin at 2 p.m., while Saturday’s series finale will be played at noon.