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UTEP Athletics “Picks Up Podcast” premieres

The brand-new “Picks Up Podcast” made its debut Thursday on UTEP Athletics’ official website.

The “Picks Up Podcast” takes an inside look at UTEP Athletics, offering perspectives and analysis not available anywhere else.  Hosted by long-time “Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher, “Picks Up Podcast” kicks off with a visit from Jim Senter who, like his fellow collegiate Athletic Directors, is navigating unique and challenging times due to the onset of COVID-19.

“I look forward to sharing additional Miner content in a new form with those who enjoy UTEP Athletics,” Teicher said.

The “Picks Up Podcast” will air weekly online, with special guests including Miner coaches, staff, student-athletes and alumni.

To go directly to the podcast landing page, click here.

UTEP splits Saturday Doubleheader with LA Tech

UTEP split Saturday’s doubleheader with Louisiana Tech to close out the first Conference USA series of the season at Helen of Troy Softball Complex in El Paso.

In the opening game of the day, UTEP (5-17, 1-2 C-USA) rallied behind a 5-inning shutout by freshman pitcher Zaylie Calderon to run-rule LA Tech (7-16, 2-1 C-USA) by a score of 8-0 to even the series.

On Saturday night, LA Tech rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to come back and defeat the Miners, 10-8, to claim the series victory on the road.

Despite the Lady Techsters taking two of three games from UTEP, the Miners outscored LA Tech, 24-19, over the course of the weekend. UTEP’s offense produced 35 hits through three games compared to 32 by the visiting Techsters.

GAME 1: UTEP 8, LA TECH 0 (5 INN.)

UTEP scored early and often in the first game on Saturday, plating two runs in the first, four in the second and two in the fourth to clinch an 8-0 run-rule victory over Louisiana Tech in five innings.

The first run of the day came across to score after Zaylie Calderon led off the bottom of the first with a single and came home on an RBI triple by Idalis Mendez. UTEP added another later in the inning on an RBI single by Ariana Valles to give the Miners a 2-0 lead after one inning.

The Miners added to its lead in the second with a four-run frame, highlighted by an RBI single by Kasey Flores and a three-run home run off the bat of Ilena Santos.

With a firm grasp on a 6-0 lead, the Miners continued to swing a hot bat. In the fourth, Mendez and Santos reached on a leadoff single and a walk before later scoring on a bases-clearing double in the gap by Valles to make it an 8-0 victory after Calderon pitched a scoreless fifth inning.

Calderon (2-3) started for the Miners and shutout the Lady Techsters while only allowing four hits in five innings of work to earn the victory in the circle. Calderon walked two and struck out one in the win.

Valles led UTEP at the dish with a perfect 3-for-3 day with a double and three RBIs, while Santos with 1-for-2 with a walk, home run and three RBIs. Mendez ended the game with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. UTEP also got production out of Calderon, Flores, Macey Brown and Pate Cathey, who each had one hit apiece in the win.

GAME 2: LA TECH 10, UTEP 8

The Miners jumped out to a 5-0 lead over LA Tech in the second game of the doubleheader, but the Lady Techsters combined to plate 10 runs in three of the final four frames to claim the comeback victory over UTEP.

UTEP got on the board first in the second inning thanks to RBIs by Macey Brown, Pate Cathey and Zaylie Calderon to give the Miners a 3-0 lead early on in the contest.

The lead was extended to five in the third when Ilena Santos left the yard with her second home run of the day (eighth of the season), this one a 2-run shot to left field to give UTEP a 5-0 advantage.

LA Tech responded quickly by tying the game with a five-run fourth inning, but the Miners answered with a three-run bottom half of the inning when Ariana Valles roped a bases-loaded double in the gap that cleared the bases and gave UTEP and 8-5 lead.

The Techsters got one run back in the fifth on a pair of walks and RBI single to cut UTEP’s lead to two. In the sixth, LA Tech completed the comeback when four runs came across to score on as many hits, including a three-run homer by Mary Terral that clinched the series for the Lady Techsters.

Both teams notched 13 hits apiece in the contest, while the Miners saw multi-hit games by Mendez, Flores, Santos, Pamala Baber, Macey Brown and Pate Cathey. Valles drove in three runs in the game in a 1-for-4 effort, while UTEP also saw RBIs by Santos (2), Calderon, Brown and Cathey.

Isabella Kelly started for the Miners in the circle and pitched 5.1 innings, while allowing five runs – all earned – on nine hits and striking out two. Zaylie Calderon (2-4) came on in relief and was charged with the loss after allowing five earned runs on four hits and walking three.

The Miners return to action next weekend when UTEP hosts UAB in a three-game set in Conference USA play. The series begins at 6 p.m. MT on Friday, March 13 at Helen of Troy Softball Complex in El Paso.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

LA Tech outlasts Miners in Extra-Inning Affair 9-8

UTEP and Louisiana Tech traded blows for eight innings on Friday night, but it was the visiting Lady Techsters that took the opening game of the series by a score of 9-8 at Helen of Troy Softball Complex.

UTEP (4-16, 0-1 C-USA) held on to a 3-1 lead over the reigning Conference USA Champions after four innings of play, but LA Tech (7-15, 1-0 C-USA) plated eight runs over the final four frames to eventually clinch the victory in eight innings.

LA Tech tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth, but the Miners responded immediately with a leadoff single by Kasey Flores followed by a trio of RBI base knocks by Ilena Santos, Pamala Baber and Isabella Hanson to put UTEP ahead, 6-3.

In the top of the sixth, the Lady Techsters answered with a big inning of their own by plating five runs on six hits for an 8-6 lead, their first of the game.

With UTEP down to its final three outs, the Miners rallied in the bottom of the seventh. Santos led off the inning with a single to right field, followed by a walk for Baber. Both runners made it into scoring position on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by Macey Brown and eventually came around to score on a groundout and LA Tech error to knot the game at 8-8.

LA Tech once again took the lead in the top of the eighth when Zoe Hicks walked to lead off the inning and later scored on an RBI double by Marilyn Rizzato to give the Techsters a one-run lead.

UTEP would not go away without a fight, however, as the Miners loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth on a fielder’s choice, single and hit by pitch, but LA Tech came through with a strikeout to claim the series-opening win.

Both teams combined for 27 hits in the contest with LA Tech out-hitting the Miners, 15-12, on the night. UTEP stranded 11 baserunners in the game, while the Lady Techsters left eight on base.

The top of LA Tech’s lineup doomed the Miners on Friday with the first four Techsters in the batting order combining to go 8-for-16 with four doubles and seven RBIs.

Baber drove in three runs and scored a pair in a 2-for-3 effort, while Santos was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the game. Zaylie Calderon and Flores also collected multi-hit games for the Miners, while Hanson was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Idalis Mendez and Mallorie Cross also had base knocks for UTEP on Friday.

Freshman Isabella Kelly (3-9) pitched the full eight innings for the Miners and was charged with the loss after allowing nine runs – eight earned – on 15 hits, while walking four and striking out two.

LA Tech’s Audrey Pickett (5-6) picked up the win in the circle after pitching 6.2 innings and allowing six runs – all earned – on 10 hits, while she struck out nine on the night and walking only one. Hannah Koenig came on in relief in the fifth and pitched 1.1 innings, while giving up two runs – one earned – on two hits and walking two before Pickett re-entered in the seventh to close out final two innings.

The series between UTEP and LA Tech continues at 4 p.m. MT on Saturday at Helen of Troy Softball Complex in El Paso.

PROMOTIONS

SATURDAY – Postgame meet-n-greet and autographs with the Miners.

SUNDAY – Free Postgame Youth Clinic for kids 13 and under.

Single-game tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, and can be purchased at the Helen of Troy ticket window or by calling (915) 747-5234. Gates are scheduled to open 30 minutes prior to first pitch each day.

Live stats for every game this weekend will be available by accessing the links on the UTEP Softball schedule page on UTEPMiners.com.

All UTEP home games will also be available to stream live on CUSA.TV for subscribers only.

UTEP Softball hosts LA Tech to open C-USA play

UTEP will open Conference USA play this weekend by hosting the defending Conference USA Champions as Louisiana Tech comes to town for a three-game set at Helen of Troy Softball Complex in El Paso.

In what will be a change from past seasons, Conference USA series will consist of three games over three days with one game slated each day rather than a doubleheader over the course of the weekend.

The series opens at 6 p.m. MT on Friday with the Miners hosting the Lady Techsters. On Saturday, the middle game of the series will kick off at 4 p.m. MT in El Paso. The two teams will close out the weekend with an 11:30 a.m. MT contest on Sunday.

UTEP enters the weekend with a 4-15 overall record with two of those wins coming over Omaha and IUPUI in the team’s home tournament two weeks ago.

The Miners come into the series with a .255 team average, led by freshman outfielder Idalis Mendez, who is hitting .333 (15-for-45) with a double, home run, seven RBI and seven walks. Kasey Flores (.315 BA) leads the Miners with seven home runs, while Ilena Santos (.292 BA) has six home runs and a team-high 18 RBIs.

In the circle, freshman Isabella Kelly leads the way with a 6.31 ERA in 12 appearances. Kelly has started 10 games and struck out 17 in 64.1 innings of work.

The Lady Techsters travel to El Paso with a 6-15 overall mark on the campaign. LA Tech and first-year head coach Maria Winn-Ratliff enter the series ranked 12th in Conference USA in batting average (.212) and 10th in ERA (5.09).

Most recently, Tech claimed a midweek road victory over Lamar on Wednesday night. The Techsters are led by Zoe Hicks, who sat out most of last season due to injury. Hicks is hitting .351 with five doubles, two home run and eight RBIs in 21 games.

PROMOTIONS

FRIDAY – Kids 13 and under who come in their softball jersey get free pizza (while supplies last).

SATURDAY – Postgame meet-n-greet and autographs with the Miners.

SUNDAY – Free Postgame Youth Clinic for kids 13 and under.

Single-game tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, and can be purchased at the Helen of Troy ticket window or by calling (915) 747-5234. Gates are scheduled to open 30 minutes prior to first pitch each day.

Live stats for every game this weekend will be available by accessing the links on the UTEP Softball schedule page.

All UTEP home games will also be available to stream live on CUSA.TV for subscribers only.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP Soccer to host FC Juarez Femenil Friday, NM State Saturday

The UTEP soccer team will open up the home portion of its exhibition spring schedule when it plays host to FC Juarez Femenil at 7 pm Friday and NM State at 1 pm MT Saturday.

Both matches will he held at University Field, and admission is free.

“It’s another great opportunity for us to play against some great competition,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “We are continuing to work on a different formation in order to build our soccer knowledge. This spring we are fortunate to get to play against a very high level in order to continue to improve in the offseason.”

FC Juarez Femenil has been the women’s unit for FC Juarez club since 2019. It competes in the Liga MX Feminil, most recently playing to a scoreless draw against Monterrey on Feb. 28.

UTEP will then round out the weekend against the Aggies on Saturday.

The only other home match on the docket for the spring is a contest against the El Paso Locomotive Academy on April 24.

 For complete coverage of UTEP soccer, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPSoccer (Twitter),@UTEPMinersSoccer (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP falls on Final Day in Vegas

LAS VEGAS – The UTEP Softball team dropped the final game of the Boyd Rebel Gaming Classic to UNLV on Sunday by a score of 8-0 at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas.

UTEP (4-15) stranded eight baserunners in the contest, while UNLV (16-5) scored in every inning from the third inning until the sixth when the Rebels plated three to go up by eight.

Isabella Kelly (3-8) started in the circle for the Miners and was charged with the loss after allowing eight runs – six earned – on 16 hits in 5.2 innings of work.

Kelly struck out two and walked a pair of Rebels in the game.

In the third, UNLV drew a two-out walk before scoring the first run of the game on an RBI double to left-center to make it a 1-0 lead for the host team.

In the fourth, the Miners stranded two runners on a pair of base knocks before UNLV added to its lead in the bottom half of the inning with two runs scored thanks to five hits in the frame.

The Rebels continued to stretch the lead in the fifth, scoring two more runs on four base hits to make it a 5-0 lead for home squad.

UTEP could not capitalize on a leadoff walk by Ilena Santos to start the sixth and UNLV made the Miners pay in the bottom half of the inning by plating three more runs on three hits and an error to close out the game.

Idalis Mendez led the Miners at the plate with a 2-for-2 effort and a walk on Sunday. Pamala Baber reached base twice on the day after going 1-for-2 with a walk, while Pate Cathey and Zaylie Calderon were each 1-for-3 in the contest.

UTEP returns home now to open Conference USA play as the Miners host Louisiana Tech March 6-8 in El Paso. The series kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday at Helen of Troy Softball Complex.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

Miners drop two at Boyd Rebel Classic

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.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

Miners fall on opening day of Boyd Rebel Classic

LAS VEGAS – UTEP Softball dropped a pair of contests to Houston and UNLV on the opening day of the Boyd Rebel Gaming Classic on Friday at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas.

In the first game of the day, Houston (14-4) extended its winning streak to eight games after jumping on top of UTEP early, leading to a 14-0 victory for the Cougars in five innings.

The Miners were back in action on Friday afternoon facing off against UNLV (13-4), who broke up a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run double to clinch a 3-1 win for the host Rebels.

UTEP returns to action Saturday at 11 a.m. MT against NM State (9-4). The Miners will also face Houston again at 1:30 p.m. MT later that afternoon.

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: HOUSTON 14, UTEP 0 (5 INN.)

Houston wasted no in the opening game after the Cougars took a 6-0 lead in the top of the first with the help of two hits, four walks and a pair of hit batsmen.

From there, Houston plated two in the second, five in the fourth and the final run in the fifth, while the Miners offense was held scoreless in the ball game on two hits.

Bryana Munoz (0-2) started in the circle for UTEP and was charged with the loss after allowing 13 runs – 12 earned – on eight hits and walking six in 3.1 innings. Allie Johnson pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Miners and gave up a run on two hits and four walks.

Offensively, the Miners were held at bay with only two hits allowed off the bats of Idalis Mendez and Macey Brown.

GAME 2: UNLV 3, UTEP 1

UTEP and UNLV were deadlocked with a run apiece after the first five and a half innings on Friday afternoon, but the Rebels strung together back-to-back singles in the sixth before a pinch-hit, bases-clearing double gave the home squad the victory.

UNLV took the lead in the bottom of the first frame after a leadoff single resulted in a 1-0 lead for the Rebels.

The Miners responded in the third when Idalis Mendez drove in the tying run on a sacrifice fly following back-to-back one-out singles by Karina Somoza and Zaylie Calderon.

The game remained tied for the next three innings, thanks to the efforts of UTEP starter Isabella Kelly, who retired 11 straight Rebels from the second inning to the fifth before UNLV plated two in the sixth.

Kelly (3-7) was charged with the loss after going the distance for the Miners in the circle, while allowing three runs – all earned – on seven hits. Kelly struck out two and did not walk a batter in the game.

Calderon led UTEP at the plate with a 2-for-4 day, while Mendez was 1-for-2 with an RBI after driving in the Miners lone run of the game. Somoza ended the game 1-for-3 at the dish with a run scored, while Kasey Flores and Ilena Santos also put together 1-for-3 efforts on the day.

Live stats for every game this weekend will be available by accessing the links on the UTEP Softball schedule page on UTEPMiners.com.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP Softball hits Vegas for Boyd Rebel Classic

UTEP Softball is set to open the UNLV Boyd Rebel Gaming Classic on Friday as the Miners will take on a trio of teams this weekend at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas.

The Miners enter the weekend with a 4-10 overall record after posting back-to-back wins over IUPUI and Omaha to close out last week’s UTEP Invitational. This weekend will mark the final non-conference tournament of the season for UTEP, who is scheduled to host Louisiana Tech on March 6-8 to open Conference USA play.

UTEP opens the tournament at 10 a.m. MT on Friday with the Miners set to take on Houston, a team that enters the weekend on a seven-game winning streak. At 3 p.m. on Friday, the Miners will face the host UNLV Rebels (12-4).

Saturday’s slate has UTEP squaring off against I-10 rival NM State (9-3) at 10 a.m. before facing the Houston Cougars once again at 12:30 p.m. that afternoon.

The Miners will wrap up the weekend at 11 a.m. on Sunday by taking on the Rebels for the second time.

SERIES HISTORY

  • HOUSTON – The Cougars lead the all-time series with an 18-6 record against the Miners. The last meetings against Houston came in 2013 when UTEP hosted the Cougars for a three-game series. UTEP’s last win over the Cougars came in 2010 with a 2-1 road victory for the Miners.
  • NM STATE – The Aggies lead the Miners all-time with a 36-12 overall record in the series. The two teams met earlier this season with NM State prevailing in a 9-1 victory over UTEP in Las Cruces.
  • UNLV – The Miners and Rebels have met seven times in the series history entering the weekend with UNLV holding a slight advantage with a 5-2 record against UTEP in the all-time meetings. The two teams faced off in Las Vegas last season with UNLV winning, 5-2, in that contest. UTEP’s last win over the Rebels was an 8-7 victory on the road in 2018.

MINER NOTABLES

  • UTEP enters the weekend hitting .273 as a team, while the Miners are led by sophomore Kasey Flores, who is hitting .372 with seven home runs, 12 RBIs and an on base percentage of .426 on the season. The Miners are currently ranked third in Conference USA with 18 home runs as a team through 14 games, while Flores is second in the league with seven long balls on the season.

  • Infielder Ilena Santos has been on a tear recently with the junior hitting .440 in the last nine games, including five home runs, four doubles and 17 RBIs. Over that stretch, Santos is slugging 1.200 with a .500 on base percentage. Last weekend alone, Santos hit four home runs, had two doubles and drove in 13 runs to help lead UTEP to two wins in the team’s home tournament. She is currently ranked third in C-USA in home runs and RBIs.

  • Freshman Isabella Kelly leads the Miner pitching staff heading into this weekend’s tournament with 10 appearances on the season, including eight starts in the circle. Kelly is 3-6 on the season with all three wins coming over her last seven appearances. She enters the weekend with a 6.51 ERA in 52.2 innings pitched on the year.

Live stats for every game this weekend will be available through the Boyd Rebel Gaming Classic Tournament Central Page. UTEP’s game versus UNLV at 3 p.m. on Friday will also be streamed live for fans to watch.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

Flores leads Miners to 8-4 win over Omaha

UTEP (4-10) hung crooked numbers on the scoreboard in three of the final five innings on Sunday to win its second straight in an 8-4 victory over Omaha (7-7) at Helen of Troy Softball Complex.

Kasey Flores hit two home runs in the win, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the fifth to help lead the Miners to a victory. Flores provided some cushion to UTEP’s lead in the sixth with a three-run homer to right field to put the game out of reach.

Freshman Isabella Kelly (3-6) picked up another win in the circle for the Miners less than 24 hours after clinching a 6-5 win over IUPUI on Saturday night. On Sunday, Kelly pitched seven full innings, while allowing four runs – only two earned – and striking out a season-high four in the win over Omaha.

UTEP broke up a scoreless tie in the third after Macey Brown and Zaylie Calderon reached on back-to-back singles before Idalis Mendez drove in the first run of the game. Calderon and Mendez eventually came around to score later in the inning when Ariana Valles laced a two-run single up the middle to give the Miners a 3-0 advantage.

The three-run lead was short-lived, though, when Omaha answered back immediately in the fourth by plating four runs – only two of which were earned after a pair of Miner fielding mishaps.

With Omaha leading 4-3, UTEP came to bat in the fifth and wasted no time regaining the lead. Mendez led off the inning by beating out an infield single to shortstop before Flores drove an 0-2 pitch over the fence in right field to give the Miners a 5-4 lead heading to the sixth.

Pate Cathey and Calderon both walked in the sixth before Flores capped off an 11-pitch at bat with a three-run opposite field home run to extend UTEP’s lead to four entering the final frame.

Kelly shut the door on the Mavericks in the top of the seventh, allowing just one base hit, but limiting the damage by inducing a pair of ground outs and a line drive to Cathey at shortstop to cap off the victory.

Flores led the Miners at the plate after going 2-for-4 with two home runs and driving in five runs in the win over Omaha. Mendez also recorded a two-hit day with an RBI and two runs scored, while Ilena Santos continued her impressive weekend with a double and a walk in three at bats.

UTEP also saw offensive production off the bats of Calderon, Valles, Brown and Pamala Baber in the win.

The Miners return to the diamond next weekend at the Boyd Rebel Gaming Classic in Las Vegas. The tournament is scheduled for Feb. 28-March 1 with UTEP set to face Houston and UNLV twice each and NM State once.

UTEP will open the tournament at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 28 versus Houston.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

Miners rally late for Walk-Off Win over IUPUI

Ilena Santos left the yard with a three-run bomb in the sixth and then hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to propel UTEP to a 6-5 victory over IUPUI on Saturday at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex in El Paso.

On day two of the UTEP Invitational, UTEP (3-10) and IUPUI (3-6) were deadlocked in a scoreless ball game until the bottom of the sixth when Zaylie Calderon and Kasey Flores reached on a single and intentional walk to give the Miners a pair of runners with only one out.

The Miners then sent their hottest hitter to the plate in Ilena Santos, who proceeded to crush a towering home run to left field to put UTEP up 3-0 over the Jaguars.

IUPUI answered immediately in the seventh by plating five runs on four hits and three free passes to give the Jaguars a two-run lead entering the final half inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, UTEP wasted no time rallying after the Miners loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Isabella Hanson and Macey Brown followed by a walk for Calderon. Idalis Mendez and Kasey Flores came through for the Miners with two straight RBI singles to knot the game at 5-5.

UTEP completed the comeback when Santos hit a sacrifice fly ball that was deep enough for Calderon to score as the winning run in a 6-5 victory for the host Miners.

Isabella Kelly (2-6) picked up her second win of the season in the circle after going the distance for the Miners. The freshman allowed five runs on six hits and walked three. All five of IUPUI’s runs came in the top of the seventh after the Jaguars were shut out by Kelly and the Miners through the first six innings on Saturday.

Santos ended the night with four RBIs, which brings her weekend total to 13 runs driven in for the junior, while she is hitting .625 in the past three games with five base hits, four of which have been home runs.

Both Calderon and Ariana Valles each had two hits apiece for the Miners on Saturday, while Mendez and Flores each drove in a run in the win.

Eight of UTEP’s starters recorded at least one base hit on the night as the Miners out-hit IUPUI, 10-6, on Saturday night.

Sunday will mark the final day of the UTEP Invitational with IUPUI scheduled to take on NM State at 10 a.m. before the Miners face Omaha at 12:30 p.m. to close out the weekend.

Single-game tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, and may be bought at the Helen of Troy ticket window or by calling (915) 747-5234. Gates are scheduled to open 30 minutes prior to the first game of the day.

FOLLOW ALONG

Live stats for every game this weekend will be available through the UTEP Invitational Tournament Central Page. All four UTEP games will be available to stream live on CUSA.TV for subscribers only.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

Gallery+Story: Miners fall on day 1 of UTEP Invitational

UTEP (2-10) fell in its first two games of the UTEP Invitational to IUPUI, 8-7 (8 inn.), and Omaha, 13-6, on Friday at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex in El Paso.

The Miners’ Ilena Santos led the charge for the Miners after combining to go 4-for-5 at the plate with three home runs and nine RBIs in both games on Friday. The Miners also saw a pair of home runs by Kasey Flores in the first game versus IUPUI to help lead the offensive effort on the first day of UTEP’s home tournament.

On Saturday, Omaha will take on NM State (12 p.m.) and IUPUI (2 p.m.) back-to-back before UTEP plays IUPUI at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon.

Sunday’s schedule will feature IUPUI taking on MM State at 10 a.m. before UTEP faces Omaha for the second time at 12:30 p.m. to close out the weekend.

Single-game tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, and may be bought at the Helen of Troy ticket window or by calling (915) 747-5234. Gates are scheduled to open 30 minutes prior to the first game of the day.

Live stats for every game this weekend will be available through the UTEP Invitational Tournament Central Page. All four UTEP games will be available to stream live on CUSA.TV for subscribers only.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

GAME 1: IUPUI 8, UTEP 7 (8 INN.)

Kasey Flores hit a pair of home runs to keep UTEP within striking distance and send the game to extra innings, but IUPUI (3-4) rallied to plate five runs in the top of the eighth to down the Miners, 8-7, on the first day of the UTEP Invitational.

Flores hit a solo home run in the first inning and later tied the game with another long ball to make it a 3-3 ball game in the bottom of the sixth, eventually sending the game to extra innings. IUPUI responded by scoring five in the top of the eighth to go ahead, 8-3, but the Miners offense did not go down without a fight.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Miners answered back with back-to-back singles by Kasey Flores and Idalis Mendez, followed by a no-doubt three-run home run by Ilena Santos to cut the deficit to 8-7 with no outs in the inning.

Pate Cathey followed up with a single to centerfield and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Ariana Valles, but a strikeout and ground ball ended the Miner rally.

Starter Isabella Kelly put up goose eggs on the scoreboard in six of the first seven innings, but IUPUI did most of the damage in the eighth with five runs. Kelly (1-6) was charged with the loss after allowing eight runs on 12 hits in the game. The freshman struck out two and walked three in eight innings of work.

Flores led UTEP at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort, including two home runs, two RBIs and three runs scored in the game. Santos was a perfect 2-for-2 at the dish with a home run, double and four RBIs.

GAME 2: OMAHA 13, UTEP 6

UTEP jumped out in front of Omaha (6-5) with three runs in first inning thanks to a three-run home run by Ilena Santos, but the Mavericks scored 13 runs in the final four frames to take the final game of the night at Helen of Troy Softball Complex.

Santos was 2-for-3 in the game with two home runs and five RBIs, but it wasn’t enough for the Miners, who were out-scored 13-3 in the final four innings on Friday night in El Paso.

Zaylie Calderon (1-2) started in the circle for the Miners and was charged with the loss after allowing seven runs – all earned – on eight hits in five innings of work. Bryana Munoz came on in the sixth and allowed six runs – five earned – on five hits and three walks over the final two innings.

UTEP’s Pamala Baber put together a multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate, including a run scored, while Calderon also drove in a run for the Miners.

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

UTEP Softball Invitational set to begin Friday

UTEP is gearing up to open its home slate on Friday as the Miners host the 2020 UTEP Invitational with a total of nine games scheduled at Helen of Troy Softball Complex between Friday and Sunday.

UTEP will play host to IUPUI, Omaha and NM State over the course of the three-day tournament, which begins with a 10:30 a.m. game between IUPUI and NM State.

Omaha and NM State will play in the 1 p.m. game on Friday before UTEP plays on its home turf for the first time this season.

The Miners will take on IUPUI at 3:30 p.m. on Friday before facing Omaha immediately following the conclusion of that game at approximately 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Omaha will take on NM State (12 p.m.) and IUPUI (2 p.m.) back-to-back before UTEP hosts IUPUI at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon.

Sunday’s schedule will feature IUPUI taking on MM State at 10 a.m. before UTEP faces Omaha for the second time at 12:30 p.m. to close out the weekend.

SCOUTING THE FIELD

  • UTEP – UTEP enters the weekend fresh off its first two wins of the 2020 season after taking a pair of contests from Idaho State at last weekend’s Highlander Classic in Riverside, California. Overall, the Miners are 2-8 on the season with eight neutral site games and a pair of road losses to NM State and UC Riverside. At the dish, UTEP is led by sophomore infielder Kasey Flores, who enters the tournament with a .333 average, 10 hits, three home runs and four RBIs. Zaylie Calderon leads the Miners in the circle with a 4.67 ERA in 15 innings pitched, while the freshman has made three starts on the season. The Miners are hitting .257 as a team with 10 home runs.
  • IUPUI – The Jaguars are 2-3 on the young season with wins over Western Illinois and Evansville. As a team, IUPUI is hitting .269 in five games with 36 base hits, including nine doubles, two triples and a home run. The Jaguars are led by Rachael Gregory, who enters the tournament with a .615 clip and five RBIs. Kayana Diederich leads IUPUI in the circle with a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings. Opponents are hitting .231 against the freshman righthander.
  • NM STATE – The Aggies are 5-3 on the season with a notable win over Nebraska in the season opener. On opening weekend, NM State defeated Nebraska, Bradley and UTEP in the Aggie Invitational, while the Aggie took two from Omaha last weekend. Freshman Matalasi Faapito leads NM State at the plate and in the circle. The freshman has posted a .542 average with five home runs and 12 RBIs. In the circle, Faapito has a 3.69 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched and has started three games for the Aggies.
  • OMAHA – Omaha comes into the tournament with a 5-4 overall record with wins over IUPUI, Green Bay, Miami (OH) and NM State twice. Senior Emma Dargy leads the Mavericks at the plate with a .393 average in nine games. Dargy has 11 hits on the season with three doubles, five home runs and 17 RBIs. Junior Sydney Hampton leads the Maverick pitching staff with a 2.72 ERA in 28.1 innings. Opponents are hitting .229 against the righthander.

Single-game tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, and can be purchased at the Helen of Troy ticket window or by calling (915) 747-5234. Gates are scheduled to open 30 minutes prior to the first game of each day.

Live stats for every game this weekend will be available through the UTEP Invitational Tournament Central Page.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP Softball Drops Two Games at Highlander Classic

RIVERSIDE, Ca. – UTEP (2-8) dropped its final two games to Santa Clara, 7-4, and UC Riverside, 11-1, on the last day of the Highlander Classic in Riverside, California.

The Miners fought back from a 2-0 deficit in the first game of the day, but Santa Clara (5-4) plated five runs late in the game to prevail. In the final game of the weekend, UC Riverside (6-3) combined to score 11 runs in the third and fourth innings to defeat the Miners.

Over the course of the weekend, UTEP was led by junior Ilena Santos, who was 5-for-14 (.357) for the tournament with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs.

Sophomore third baseman Kasey Flores also paced the UTEP offense with a .353 clip with six hits, including a home run, and two RBIs in five games. Additionally, senior Pamala Baber saw her first action of the 2020 season this weekend by starting all five games and hitting two home runs in the tournament.

The Miners return to El Paso to open the home slate next weekend by hosting the UTEP Invitational (Feb. 21-23) at Helen of Troy Softball Complex.

UTEP will open the tournament versus IUPUI at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 before taking on Omaha at 6 p.m. later that night. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Miners will face off against IUPUI for a second time at 4:30 p.m. MT.

The tournament will wrap up on Sunday, February 23, with UTEP hosting Omaha at 12:30 p.m. MT in El Paso.

GAME 1: SANTA CLARA 7, UTEP 4

With UTEP and Santa Clara knotted in a 2-2 game after four innings, a handful of defensive miscues doomed the Miners, who allowed two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to eventually fall, 7-4, to the Broncos in the first game on Sunday.

It was a scoreless ball game between the Miners and Broncos up until the fourth inning when Santa Clara plated two runs on a pair of base hits to take a 2-0 lead. UTEP wasted no time answering back in the bottom half of the frame. Flores and Idalis Mendez reached base on a single and a walk, eventually coming around to score on a sacrifice fly by Pate Cathey and an infield single by freshman Isabella Hanson to tie the game at 2-2.

The fifth inning spelled trouble for the Miners, who allowed Santa Clara to take a 4-2 lead with two unearned runs scored on a pair of UTEP fielding errors. UTEP got one run back in the bottom of the fifth by plating an unearned run of its own after Mendez reached on an error and later scored on an RBI double by Ariana Valles to make it a one-run game.

In the sixth, Santa Clara extended its lead to 7-3 by plating three more runs on four hits, all of which came with two outs in the inning.

The Miners were retired quietly in the bottom half of the sixth, but did score one more in the seventh to make it 7-4 thanks to singles by Zaylie Calderon, Flores and Mendez, who drove in the final run of the game on a base hit to left-center.

Calderon (1-1) made her third start in the circle for the Miners and finished with a no decision after pitching 4.1 innings, while allowing two runs – both earned – on five hits with four walks and a strikeout. Isabella Kelly (1-4) came on in relief in the fourth and was charged with the loss after allowing five runs – three earned – on five hits, while walking two and striking out a pair of batters.

Santa Clara starter Hannah Edwards (2-2) went the distance and picked up the win for the Broncos after allowing four runs – three earned – on eight hits with two walks and four punchouts.

Hanson led the way for the Miners in the opening game with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate, including driving in a run. Flores also tallied two hits in four at bats, while also scoring a run in the contest. Mendez, Valles and Cathey also tallied an RBI each in the loss.

GAME 2: UC RIVERSIDE 11, UTEP 1 (5 INN.)

UC Riverside scored six runs in the third and followed that up with five more in the fourth to eventually down UTEP, 11-1, in five innings to wrap up the Highlander Classic on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams were locked in a scoreless tie through the first two innings, but UC Riverside broke it open in the third frame, with the Highlanders exploding for six runs on seven hits to put the host team up 6-0.

In the fourth, the Highlander bats picked back up where they left off, scoring five runs on five more hits to make it an 11-0 lead over the Miners.

UTEP’s lone run of the game came in the fifth when senior Bryanna Molina led off the inning with a double in the left-center gap. Calderon followed that up with an infield single that forced an error on the UC Riverside second baseman, which allowed Molina to cross home plate.

Freshman Isabella Kelly (1-5) started in the circle for the Miners and was issued the loss after allowing 10 runs – all earned – on 11 hits in 3.1 innings of work. Ilena Santos came on in relief with one out in the fourth and gave up a run on one hit before getting the final two outs to end the inning. Briza Blanco (3-0) picked up the win for UC Riverside after allowing just one unearned run on five hits and striking out five in five complete innings.

Calderon led the Miners offensively after reaching base safely in each plate appearance with a 2-for-2 effort, while she also reached on a hit by pitch in the contest. Molina and Santos each tallied a double on the day, while Valles was also 1-for-2 at the plate for UTEP.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

Kelly, Baber Lead Miners to Victory

RIVERSIDE, Ca. – Freshman Isabella Kelly pitched a complete game shutout and Pamala Baber hit a solo home run in sixth to propel UTEP to a 2-0 victory over Idaho State on Saturday at the Highlander Classic in Riverside, California.

UTEP (2-6) and Idaho State (2-6) were deadlocked in a scoreless battle after five and a half innings of play on Saturday, but a two-run sixth inning was the difference in the ball game as the Miners earned their second straight win on Saturday.

It was a pitcher’s duel between Kelly and Idaho State’s Kelsea Sweeney for the first five innings, but UTEP broke through in the bottom half of the sixth when Baber led off with a solo home run to left field. The Miners added another inning later in the frame when Idalis Mendez singled and later scored on an RBI base hit by Ilena Santos to make it 2-0.

The Bengals threatened in the seventh with the tying run coming to the plate, but the Miners escaped by turning the team’s fourth inning-ending double play of the game to clinch the victory.

Isabella Kelly was a crucial factor in the circle for UTEP on Saturday with the freshman going the distance to pitch a shutout for the Miners. Kelly (1-3) picked up the win, the first of her collegiate career, after allowing no runs on six hits and striking out one in seven innings.

The freshman helped clinch the win after not allowing a walk and retiring 12 of the last 17 batters she faced over the final five innings.

Baber, who saw her first action of the season on Friday, led the Miners at the plate, going 2-for-3 with the home run in the sixth. The senior is now 4-for-7 on the weekend with two home runs, two RBIs, three walks and three runs scored.

UTEP was also led by Ilena Santos, who was 2-for-3 at the dish with an RBI, while Kasey Flores also tallied a pair of base hits in the win over Idaho State.

Pate Cathey, Bryanna Molina and Mendez each had one hit apiece for the Miners, who out-hit the Bengals, 9-6, in the contest.

Sweeney (1-2) was charged with the loss for Idaho State after allowing two runs on nine hits and striking out three in six innings. At the plate, the Bengals were paced by Emma Bordenkecher and Mailee Newman, who each had two hits in the game.

On Sunday, UTEP will take on Santa Clara (10 a.m. MT) for the second time before closing out the tournament versus UC Riverside at 12:30 p.m. MT.

Live stats for every game this weekend will be available through www.GoHighlanders.com.

For complete coverage of UTEP Softball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @utepsoftball (Instagram) and @UTEPSoftball (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

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