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UTEP Softball Adds Two More for 2018 Season

Tobin Echo-Hawk finalized the 2018 roster as the fifth-year UTEP head coach announced the additions of infielders Kacey Duffield and Ilena Santos.

Duffield will have two years of eligibility as she is a transfer from Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa, Iowa), while Santos will be a freshman entering the new athletic season. Both will be eligible to play during the 2017 fall season.

Duffield, a native of Fairbanks, Alaska, smashed a combined 31 home runs with 126 RBI in two years at Indian Hills CC. In the circle during her career, Duffield posted a 16-4 record with a 2.81 ERA in 94.2 innings hurled. The Warriors went 74-32 during her two years, including a trip to the 2016 NJCAA Division I softball national tournament.

In 2016, Duffield connected on 19 long balls (ranked t-14 in NJCAA) with 71 RBI and 62 runs in 50 games. In 2015, Duffield was selected as a utility player on the NFCA All-American second team for two-year schools after hitting .420 with 55 RBI and 12 home runs during her freshman season (2015).

Santos will join Canyon del Oro High School (Tucson, Ariz.) teammate Jordyn Quevedo, who signed with UTEP in November of 2016. Santos helped lead the Dorados to their ninth state championship in school history during the 2017 campaign.

Santos played all four years on the varsity squad and hit a combined .440 with six home runs, 55 RBI, 15 doubles, two triples and 45 runs. Santos hit .420 with three long balls, 17 RBI, 16 runs, three doubles and a triple during her senior season.

The Miners’ other six newcomers include incoming freshmen Brianna Hill (Portland, Ore.), Teiya Mauga (San Diego, Calif.), Quevedo (Tucson, Ariz.), Ariana Valles (El Paso, Texas), and transfer pitchers Kira McKechnie (Fresno State) and Julia Wright (Ranger College).

The 2018 roster will be composed of 23 players – seniors Courtney Clayton, Kaitlin Ryder and Taylor Sargent, juniors Ariel Blair, Mariah Ellis, Linda Garcia (redshirt junior), McKechnie, Brianna Red, Santos, Cortney Smith, Lindsey Sokoloski and Wright, sophomores Pamala Baber, Devyn Cretz, Mallorie Cross, Allie Johnson and Bryanna Molina, redshirt freshman Ruby Sanchez and the aforementioned five-incoming freshmen.

Erika Bennett Named UTEP Softball Pitching Coach

UTEP softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced the addition of pitching coach Erika Bennett on Monday. Bennett – a member of the Mexican National Team –  joins the Miners’ coaching staff after two years at FGCU, where the former Marshall pitcher directed the pitching staff.

Bennett will replace Becca Bliss, who was on the staff the last two years and was presented with a job opportunity in her native state of California. Bennett will work with sophomore pitchers Devyn Cretz and Allie Johnson, and a pair of transfer junior hurlers Kira McKechnie (Fresno State) and Julia Wright (Ranger College).

During Bennett’s two seasons at FGCU, the pitching staff posted a 2.82 ERA with only 268 walks and 515 strikeouts in 794 innings. Prior to coaching at in Southwest Florida, Bennett spent one year at Dodge City Community College where the Conquistadors compiled 142 strikeouts. Originally from Hereford, Ariz., Bennett previously spent time as a graduate assistant at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, while earning her MBA.

While at FGCU, Bennett mentored Riley Randolph, who the Atlantic Sun’s Freshman of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in 2016. Randolph went 16-5 with a 1.39 ERA. Randolph tallied 123 strikeouts and only 21 walks in 161.2 innings. In 2017, Randolph (18-11) posted a 2.06 ERA with 160 Ks and 44 walks in 194.0 frames. Bennett helped lower FGCU’s team ERA from 3.04 in 2015 to 2.81 in 2016.

Prior to her coaching career, Bennett led Miami Dade College to the NJCAA Division I National Title in 2010 while earning tournament MVP honors. In two years at MDC, Bennett compiled a 47-8 record, receiving All-America accolades, culminating with a season in which she earned six conference, regional and national awards.

Bennett then transferred to Marshall for her junior and senior seasons, where she recorded six wins while appearing primarily as a relief pitcher. During her senior season, Bennett finished with a 2.26 ERA and a 4-1 record. She ended her career with a 3.21 ERA and 86 strikeouts, while holding batters to a .241 average.

She is still actively playing softball as Bennett is a member of the Mexican National Team. Bennett has represented the country from 2013 and into this summer. Bennett first appeared for Mexico at the 2013 Pan American Classic in Puerto Rico. Later that year, Bennett recorded the lowest ERA of any pitcher at the Cuba Invitational. Bennett recently competed with Mexico on July 5-9 in Oklahoma City at the World Cup of Softball Xll.

Bennett graduated from Marshall in 2012 with a bachelors in business administration. She later received her masters from Lake Erie College in 2014.

UTEP Softball Announces the Addition of Pitcher Julia Wright

UTEP softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced on Wednesday that pitcher Julia Wright will join the program prior to the 2017 fall season. Wright has played the last two seasons at Ranger College.

“We’re super excited to bring Julia onto the pitching staff for next season,” Echo-Hawk said. “Since we’ll be three pitchers short heading into next season, she’ll definitely add depth to the roster. Julia throws hard and places the ball well. We know Julia is excited to play at the Division I level and it’s great to add someone with collegiate experience in the circle.”

Wright, a native of Langley, British Columbia, will have two years of eligibility with the Orange and Blue and will add to a pitching staff that will lose three senior pitchers (Kaitlin Fifield, Taylor Grohmann & Erika Harrawood) following the 2017 campaign. Wright will join current freshmen hurlers Devyn Cretz and Allie Johnson.

Wright (17-11) ranks tied no. 36 nationally among NJCAA Division I pitchers in wins and has fashioned an ERA of 3.52 in 151.1 innings of work with 89 Ks. Wright has started 28 games with 32 appearances and registered 16 complete games. She has also tallied a save and 60 walks. Wright has four at bats with an RBI single.

One of Wright’s highlights in 2017 was tossing a no-hitter during a victory against Western Oklahoma State College on Feb. 25. She threw 5.0 frames, stuck out five and walked one during the 15-0 triumph. Wight hurled a season-high seven strikeouts in only 3.0 frames of work in a win against Mountain View College (April 19).

She tallied six Ks in 5.0 innings against Northern Oklahoma College-Enid (Feb. 18). Wright registered five strikeouts and allowed only one hit in 5.0 frames during a victory versus Cloud County Community College (Feb. 17). Wright went 1-for-3 with a RBI during an 8-0 win at Rose State College (March 18), while recently tossing a one-hit win in 5.0 innings against Vernon College (April 22).

She earned her lone save on March 1 at North Central Texas College, throwing an inning with a strikeout during Ranger College’s 7-5 win.

In 2016, Wright threw 213.0 innings and recorded 134 Ks. She finished 17-18 in 35 starts (41 appearances) and saved a pair of games. Wright recorded a career-high nine Ks in 6.0 innings, while allowing only three hits at Western Texas College on Feb. 29. She tallied seven strikeouts in three different contests, while registering six Ks in four different games her freshman season.

UTEP Softball Adds Transfer Mariah Ellis

UTEP softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced the addition of transfer Mariah Ellis on Tuesday. Ellis played her freshman year at Longwood University (located in Farmville, Va.) during the 2016 season.

Ellis will have three years of eligibility and will play in the outfield.

“We are excited about the addition of Mariah to our roster,” Echo-Hawk said. “She is going to add more depth to our outfield and power at the plate.”

A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Ellis played in 26 contests while starting 10 for the Lancers, including a start as the designated player in the NCAA Tournament against Princeton. Overall on the season, Ellis hit .267 (12-of-45) with a pair of home runs, nine RBI, five runs scored, a triple and a double. She added four walks, a sac-fly and was 2-for-2 on stolen bases.

Ellis connected on a two-run home run during a 6-1 victory against Campbell on March 18. She hit a solo shot on a 2-for-2 performance the next day in a 10-4 win versus Campbell. In a 7-0 win against Presbyterian on April 23, Ellis gathered a career-high three RBI with a double on a 2-for-4 day, as she connected on a two-run single and a one-run double.

During her junior year at Kennedy High School, Ellis set the single-season home run record by blasting 15 jacks. During her senior season at Chatsworth High School, Ellis hit .375 with 20 runs, 28 RBI, seven doubles, a pair of triples, seven stolen bags and five home runs.

Ellis will be part of eight newcomers for the 2017 campaign. She will join recent NLI signees Pamala Baber, Macey Brown, Mallorie Cross, Allie Johnson and Bryanna Molina, along with walk-ons Sarah Rocha and Ruby Sanchez.

As of June 28, 23 student-athletes will grace the 2017 roster, an increase of four players from the 2016 roster.

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