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UTEP Hits Road to San Antonio to Take on UTSA & Incarnate Word

The UTEP softball team, after its eight-game home stand, will take the road again as San Antonio is the next destination point for five games.

UTEP will take on Conference USA West Division foe UTSA on April 1-2 and will follow with a two-game set at Incarnate Word on April 3.

The Miners (8-23, 3-6 C-USA) and the Roadrunners (12-21, 2-7 C-USA) will start their two-game set on Saturday, starting at noon MT/1 p.m. CT, while the series finale is at noon MT on Sunday. The Miners will then play their final nonconference contests, facing the Cardinals (5-26) in a doubleheader starting at noon MT.

UTEP is coming off its first home stand of 2017. The Miners tallied a pair of victories against Middle Tennessee, a 7-6 win on March 18 and a 10-7 triumph on March 19. The Orange and Blue registered a run-rule win over Southern Miss, 12-2 (5), on March 25.

Following the San Antonio road trip, the Miners will return to Helen of Troy to host WKU April 8-9 and will hit the road again at LA Tech on Easter Weekend prior to the bye week (April 22-23).

UTEP is coming off a pair of losses to rival NM State. The Miners fell in game one, 8-4, but did gather up 14 hits in the contest. It was tied for second most hits against the Aggies during their rivalry. UTEP then fell in game two, 13-4 (5).


UTEP is 7-12 all-times versus UTSA dating back to Feb. 11, 2005, but has won the last two of three contests. Last season, the Miners won the first two contest on April 2, 5-3 and 9-2. Lindsey Sokoloski was the game one hero when the Miners were down. With the score 3-1 in favor of the Roadrunners, Sokoloski came up with a pinch-hit inside-the-park grand slam in the sixth that propelled the Miners to a 5-3 victory. Kaitlin Fifield picked up the win, throwing a complete game with three strikeouts.

In game two, UTEP won the series on a 9-2 victory.Hope Moreno finished 2-for-5 with a career-high five RBI. Moreno surged the Miners to victory when she connected on a three-run home run during a five-run sixth frame. UTSA rebounded to win game three, 10-5. Kiki Pepi went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI in the loss. Prior to the two victories last season, the Miners had lost five in a row and eight of nine contests dating back to Feb. 12, 2010. UTEP defeated UTSA, 7-6, during Tobin Echo-Hawk’s first season (2014).


The Roadrunners are coming off a 9-1 (5) loss against Texas on March 29 and have fallen to 12-21 overall on the season. UTSA also came off a sweep at North Texas and is now 2-7 in Conference USA action. The Roadrunners’ two C-USA victories came against UAB on March 17 (6-3, 8-0 [6]). UTSA is hitting .304 to rank third in C-USA.

Rylee Rodriguez (.336 avg.) has provided power, leading UTSA with eight home runs (tied fourth in C-USA) and 33 RBI (tied third in C-USA). Lindsey Stewart leads the team with a .395 batting average (45-114) and ranks tied third in C-USA with 45 hits. Lizzy Fox (9-11) leads the pitching staff in wins, ERA (4.26) and innings (97.0). Nicole Merrill leads the team in strikeouts (44) and walked batters (45) in 84.0 innings. As a team, UTSA ranks second to last in ERA (4.74).


UTEP is 5-1 all-time against Incarnate Word dating back to Feb. 14, 2014 – Tobin Echo-Hawk’s first season. The Miners and Cardinals opened the 2016 campaign with Incarnate Word coming out on top, 4-1, on Feb. 11.

The Miners answered with a game two, 13-3 (5), run-rule victory. Kiki Pepi established her career high with five RBI on a 2-for-4 outing, while Courtney Clayton went 4-for-4 and tying her career best with four RBI. Two days laterin Las Cruces, the Miners clipped the Cardinals again, 5-3, behind a RBI each from Clayton, Danielle Pearsonand Taylor Sargent.


The Cardinals are currently standing at a 5-26 overall record. One of these wins was over UTSA who the Miners will face in conference play this upcoming weekend. The Cardinals edged their way past the Roadrunners 5-4 in nine innings. Incarnate Word is hitting .228 as a team with senior Danielle Ramirez leading the squad, hitting .400 on 32 hits and three triples.

The Cardinals pitching staff has totaled an ERA of 6.19. Freshman Joanna Valencia has the lowest ERA at 4.87 with two wins and 20 strikeouts.

Miners rally to defeat Cardinals 27 to 17

The UTEP Miners opened their home schedule as 29-point favorites against the FCS’ Incarnate Word Cardinals, but escaped with a 27 to 17 victory to improve to 2-2 on the season.

“I didn’t think we played real well, particularly in the first half…” UTEP Head Coach Sean Kugler said. “We lost Darren (Jeremiah) Laufasa on the second play of the game, he’s our starting fullback, also our one back.”

CARDS AT MINERS-10UTEP was outgained 227 to 96 yards at the half with the score tied at 10.

The Miners had not crossed their opponents’ 20-yard line until Quarterback Ryan Metz led a 12-play, 75 yards drive capped off with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Autrey Golden.

“I think it was me just relaxing more, I think in the first half I was relaxed and confident, but I don’t think I was doing as well as I should have,” Metz said. “I don’t think I put the team in a good position, in good third downs, and the penalties are on me. With this team, we don’t quit.”

It was Metz’s play that again sparked UTEP’s offense, similar to last week’s overtime win against New Mexico State.

“I thought Ryan Metz did an outstanding in the second half moving the offense,” Kugler said. “It may be a different look for our team because with the ball in his hands, he makes good decisions and he’s got that will to move the team. I was pleased with his play.”

UTEP struggled to convert on most of their third-down plays, going three of 12 in the game, something Kugler attributes to having injuries at the running back position.

“You gotta kind of find out what you are as a team and we’re down at running back. Aaron Jones is out, Darren Laufasa is out…there’s ourCARDS AT MINERS-18 number two and number one running back,” Kugler said. “It’s not a position where we’re loaded and our receivers are making plays. Metz has got a knack, he’s a little better, when he’s in control moving the offense.”

This was Metz’s first start for the Miners, and he would end the night completing 20 of 28 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns. The last one: a 46-yard strike to Jaquan White with under 5 minutes left to play to take the definitive 27 to 17 lead.

“I felt like I needed to make a play, coach said, either the ball’s out or you’re out,” Metz said. “I really try and get the team in a good position,   not taking a sack, I don’t think I did to

On the other side of the ball, the Cardinals seemingly frustrated UTEP’s defense, as they kept converting on second- and third-and-long situations, mostly on screen plays.

“I would say [it was frustrating] all game, because in the fourth quarter we needed stops,” linebacker, Alvin Jones said. “We needed stops like we needed them all game, it was very frustrating. We get them to third down and can’t get off the field, they break free and continue to run the same play.”

CARDS AT MINERS-20The Miners now prepare for their ConferenceUSA opener against UT San Antonio, October 3rd, at the Sun Bowl.

“We’re excited. I just told the team, we are what we are,” Kugler said. “We’re two and two, we’re heading into conference. It wasn’t a work of art, but every win is pretty to me. We have a very good UT San Antonio team coming in, regardless of their record, I think they had the toughest schedule in the country.”

The Cardinals meeting with UTEP was also their first ever against an FBS program.


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