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UTEP Softball Travels to UC Davis For Five Games

The UTEP softball team will head west to take part in a five-game slate at the Aggie Invitational (Feb. 21-23) hosted by UC Davis in Davis, California.

The Miners will begin the weekend with a double header versus UC Davis on Thursday Feb. 21 (1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. MT). UTEP will then take on Idaho State (10 a.m. MT) and Saint Mary’s (12 p.m. MT) to conclude the second day of action.

On Saturday the Miners will battle Seattle (10 a.m. MT) to finish off play at the Aggie Invitational.

UTEP’s Kacey Duffield, Kasey Flores and Cortney Smith combined for 11 home runs, 31 RBI, 37 hits and a .493 batting average in the first two weekends of play for the Orange and Blue. The trio of bats in the Miner lineup have been a problem for opposing pitching staffs. In the first game of the season versus Creighton (Feb. 8), the three sluggers made their presence known, with Smith and Flores smacking two homers each and Duffield adding another.

Smith and Flores are the first pair of teammates to record two home runs in the same game since 2006 when three Miners did it against NM State in 2006 (Amber Bennett, Amber Camancho and Ashley Perez). Flores (1.214), Smith (1.000) and Duffield (.783) rank first, second and 10th in slugging percentage for Conference USA, respectively.

The long ball will be a major weapon for the Miners as the season progresses.

Freshman Kasey Flores has had an incredible opening two weekends where she has posted a .571 batting average, five home runs, 16 hits and 16 RBI. She earned Conference USA Player of the Week and NFCA Top Performer recognition after the opening four games of play due to her ridiculous bat.

In her first collegiate game, Flores had two home runs, one single and seven RBIs. Her RBI total for the game is tied for the second most in UTEP history and is the most in a debut by a Miner. The freshman is leading the conference in batting average (.571), home runs (five), RBIs (16) and slugging percentage (1.214).

Flores has reached base safely in all nine games this season and is currently on an eight-game hitting streak.

Kasey Flores is the highest-ranking freshman in hits (16), slugging percentage (1.214) and total bases (34) nationally. The freshman also rates second in home runs (5) and RBIs (16) and third in batting average (.571) amongst college newbies across the country.

Flores is the highest ranked freshman in C-USA in batting average, hits, runs scored, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and total bases.

Senior Cortney Smith started her final season with a bang. In her first at-bat versus Creighton (Feb. 8), she hit a two-run bomb into deep right field. In the next inning, Smith went yard again tacking on another three runs to her RBI total (five) for the day.

The senior, after the first two weekends of play, is posting a .417 batting average, 10 hits, four home runs, 10 runs scored and 11 RBIs.

The Miners fell to UC Davis last weekend at the Boyd Gaming Rebel Classic. The Aggies boast a 6-2 record after their trip to Las Vegas, Nev., last weekend. Sophomore pitcher Brooke Yanez was awarded Big West Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time in her career. Yanez posted a 3-1 record with a 2.58 ERA in 19 innings of work. The pitcher also notched 26 strikeouts to only seven walks, six of which came against the Miners, and held opponents to a .212 batting average. Meghan Bradbury is pacing UC Davis at the plate, hitting .435 with 10 hits, three doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs.

UTEP run ruled the Bengals, 9-0, in five innings the last time they met in 2018. Idaho State holds a 2-4 record heading into Davis, Calif. It is posting a .239 batting average as a team and has stolen 10 bases on the year. The Bengals play small ball in the batter’s box, averaging just over six hits per game with no home runs on the year. Bengals’ freshman Autumn Pease was named the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Week after the first weekend of play. She posted a 0.78 ERA with 12 strikeouts and a perfect 2-0 record in her appearances.

The Orange and Blue was victorious over the Gaels, 7-0, last season when the two teams met. The Gaels are 1-4 to begin their 2019 campaign. Bailey Lotz is leading the way at the plate, hitting .417 with five hits and a team-high three RBIs. Saint Mary’s opened up the year with a victory over Georgia Southern, 7-5, where Erin McCoy earned the victory in the circle with eight strikeouts, and Sofia Earle capped off the win by throwing 1.1 innings to receive the save.

This will be the first meeting between the Miners and Redhawks. Seattle has posted a 6-4 record through its first 10 games of the season. At the Boyd Rebel Gaming Classic, the Redhawks went a perfect 5-0, winning by an average of six runs per contest. Bailey Thompson and Carley Nance were named Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their performances in Las Vegas, Nev. Thompson went 8-13 with five home runs with 11 RBIs, while Nance threw 17.1 innings with 16 strikeouts and a perfect 3-0 record.

Live Stats for the games are available online.

UTEP Softball Drops Two Games In Vegas

Las Vegas, Nv. – The UTEP softball team (2-6, 0-0) dropped two games versus UC Davis, 15-2, and BYU, 19-4, in the second day of the Boyd Rebel Classic.

Freshman Kasey Flores had yet another stellar outing this weekend. She hit .600 with a .692 on base percentage and two home runs with five RBIs. Kacey Duffield is also hitting the cover off of the ball with an identical batting average and on-base percentage to Flores while adding 21 putouts for the weekend.

Ilena Santos showed off what she can do in the batter’s box with a homer and five RBIs, while hitting .455 in Vegas.

Game One

Freshman Nadya Orozco received the first start of her career in the circle versus UC Davis. Both teams were locked up, 0-0, after the first inning of play.

The Aggies took the early lead, 3-0, after the second frame was completed. UTEP would respond as Pate Cathey batted in Flores on a fielder’s choice for the first RBI of her career, cutting into the Aggie advantage, 3-1.

In the bottom of the fourth inning UC Davis poured on the offense, scoring 12 runs to take a lead that would not be relinquished, 15-1.

The top of the fifth inning marked another first for Cathey as she recorded the first hit of her career, and once again scoring Flores.

Game Two

UTEP fell behind early, 2-0, after the opening half inning from the Cougars. The Miners would step up to the plate with a leadoff dinger from Flores.

Cortney Smith followed up with a walk and then Duffield advanced the fellow senior to third off of a double to right center field. Santos came to the plate with home run intentions as she blasted the first long ball of her sophomore season over the fence, scoring three more runs and giving the lead to UTEP, 4-2.

However, BYU showed off their bats the rest of the game as they scored 17 more runs to close the door on the Miners.


> Pate Cathey recorded the first RBIs and hit of her career

>> Sky Estrada registered the first hit of her career

>> Kasey Flores hit the first lead-off dinger of her freshman campaign

>> Kasey Flores has now extended her hitting streak to seven games

>> Kacey Duffield and Kasey Flores have both reached base safely in eight consecutive games

Up next, UTEP Softball will take the field versus UNLV (6-1, 0-0) on the final day of the Boyd Rebel Gaming Classic Sunday (11:30 a.m. MT).

UTEP Softball Splits First Day of Vegas Road Trip

Las Vegas, Nv. – The UTEP softball team (2-4, 0-0) split a pair of games to begin play at the Boyd Rebel Classic. An offensive explosion of runs versus Weber State (3-4, 0-0) helped propel the Miners to a 17-5 victory.

The Orange and Blue then fell to Hawaii (6-1 0-0), 12-2, to end the day.

Cortney Smith led the way for the Miners, batting .800 (4-5) with a home run and three RBI. Ilena Santos also hit .667 (4-6) with two RBI, and Kasey Flores posted a .571 (4-7) batting average with the first grand slam of her career.

Game One
The Miners got off to a hot start with RBI singles from Kacey Duffield and Kira McKechnie, and a wild pitch that scored a run to give the early edge to UTEP, 3-0.

The Wildcats would answer scoring two runs in the first and second innings to reclaim the lead, 4-3.

A leadoff double from McKechnie got things going for the Miners in the top of the fourth inning. Ilena Santos would eventually drive in Pamala Baber, who pinch ran for McKechnie. With two runners on base for senior Cortney Smith, she blasted her fourth home run of the season over the right field fence for three runs and a Miner lead, 7-4.

Freshman Nadya Orozco entered the game in relief in the circle in the bottom of the fourth inning. She allowed the first three batters of the inning to reach base, but recovered to get out of the inning with no damage.

The Orange and Blue utilized an epic fifth inning that sealed the victory for the Sun City travelers. A Kasey Flores grand slam, Ariana Valles’s first homer of her career and 10 runs later the Miners saw themselves in the driver seat, 17-4, entering the bottom of the fifth inning. UTEP strung together seven hits that gave their pitching staff more than enough room to breathe.

Orozco closed out the game for the Miners and sealed the victory, 17-5. McKechnie (1-1), who struck out five in 3.0 innings of work, received the victory, as the Miners’ 17 runs are tied for sixth most during a single game. The runs are also tied for most during the Tobin Echo-Hawk era, as UTEP scored 17 runs on Feb. 24, 2018 against Portland State.

Game Two
The Miners fell behind early to Hawaii, 2-0, after the top half of the first inning. UTEP threatened as Cortney Smith and Kacey Duffield both registered two-out singles. The two seniors were left on base, but the early offense was a good sign for the Miners.

Hawaii would add four runs to extend its lead to 6-0, heading to the bottom half second inning.

In the bottom of the second frame, Ilena Santos got on base with a well-hit double. Then senior Linda Garcia hit a bomb into deep center field to cut into Hawaii’s lead, 6-2. It was Garcia’s first home run of the season, and the 12th for UTEP as a team this season.

The Orange and Blue failed to get any more runs across the plate as they fell, 12-2, in five innings.


>> Ariana Valles hit the first home run of her career

>> Cortney Smith and Kasey Flores are both on six game hitting streaks

>> Linda Garcia hit the first homer of her senior season

Up next, UTEP Softball will tackle the second day of the Boyd Rebel Gaming Classic Saturday, against UC Davis (9 a.m. MT) and BYU (11 a.m. MT).

Freshman Kasey Flores Named C-USA Player of The Week, NFCA 18 Top Performers

UTEP freshman Kasey Flores was named Conference USA Player of the Week by league officials on Monday afternoon.

The freshman exploded in the batters box during the NM State Invitational with a .643 batting average, three home runs, nine hits and 10 RBI in her first four games of her collegiate career.

“Kasey (Flores) had an amazing opening weekend.” Head Coach Tobin Echo-Hawk said. “She provided a ton of offense in key moments for our team. We can’t wait to see how much she grows over the next couple of weeks.”

Flores did not waste any time making her mark on college softball or the UTEP record books this weekend. In the outfielder’s debut game versus Creighton, she began with a two-run single, and then promptly followed up with the first home run of her career into deep left center field, adding two more RBI to her total.

History was made when the freshman hit a three-run rocket over the center field fence, ending the game, 13-4. With that homer she finished the game with three hits (one single and two home runs) and seven RBI, which is tied for the second most in a single game by a Miner and is the most in debut game in UTEP history. Her first day of college softball did not end there. In the following game against New Mexico, she added another long ball to her day, bringing her home run total to three.

There were no signs of slowing down for the freshman as UTEP entered its second day of action. Flores, over two games strung together five consecutive at-bats with a hit (three singles and two doubles) and added two more RBI to her season total.

The Horizon City native was a cornerstone for the Orange and Blue’s offense these past four games. With runners on base she had an incredible .875 (7-8) batting average, and with runners in scoring position she was a perfect 4-4 at the plate. Additionally, when the Miners were facing two outs in the inning Flores was again perfect, 3-3.

Flores is the first Miner to win C-USA Player of the week since Kaitlin Ryder garnered the achievement last season (5/7/18). The outfielder is in good company, as she the first UTEP freshman to win the award since All-American Camilla Carrera (3/10/08) and two-time All-Midwest Region winner Chelsea Troupe (2/16/09) accomplished the feat in their inaugural seasons.

Additionally, the NFCA office announced Tuesday afternoon that UTEP freshman Kasey Flores was one of the 18 Top Performers from around the nation in the opening weekend of the 2019 season.

Amongst the Top Performers there are 11 power five conference players, nine hitters, eight pitchers and only three true freshmen. Flores was the only non true-freshman pitcher to receive the recognition. Additionally, when compared to other selected Top Performers she ranks third in batting average (.643) and is tied for third in home runs (three) and RBIs (10).

UTEP Softball Drops Final Two Games In Las Cruces

Las Cruces – The UTEP softball team (1-3) dropped the final two games of the NM State Invitational versus Creighton (1-3), 13-5, and NM State (3-0), 12-3.

Freshman Kasey Flores finished the weekend with 10 RBI, three home runs, three singles, two doubles and .643 batting average.

Senior Kira McKechnie received the start in the circle versus Creighton. McKechnie held the Bluejays scoreless in the first frame, but Creighton came on strong in the second, scoring four runs to take a 4-0 advantage.

UTEP would respond in the third frame when Ariel Blair and Kasey Flores both singled, and then were brought home off of a homer from Cortney Smith to bring the deficit to one run, 4-3.

The Bluejays would add a run in each of the next two innings, buffering their lead, 6-5. UTEP was reliant on the bat of the freshman Flores, as she hit one of her three singles of the day. Smith followed with a walk and then a single from Ariana Valles scored both runners, cutting into the Creighton lead, 6-5.

The Orange and Blue threatened to take the lead as Lindsey Sokoloski and Flores were both in scoring position with Ilena Santos up to bat. Santos smashed a well-hit ball to third base, but the Creighton defender made a play that resulted in the final out of the inning.

The Bluejays would score seven runs in the bottom of the sixth frame to end the game, 13-8.

For game two, in the top of the first inning UTEP came out on fire with Sokoloski hitting a single, and Flores hitting the first double of her career to put runners on second and third base. The Miners failed to get any across, but the bats were alive.

Julia Wright led the Miners out on defense as the starting pitcher. NM State posted two runs in the bottom half of the frame, but UTEP would respond. With the bases loaded and two outs, who else but Flores hit a double down the left field line. It scored two runs to tie the game, 2-2. Kacey Duffield drew a walk to drive in Sokoloski for another run, to take the lead for the Miners, 3-2.

The Aggies added three runs in the bottom of the second inning to take back the lead, 6-3. UTEP threatened the NM State defense with a double from Smith, and Duffield reaching on a fielding error to put runners on the corners. The Miners failed to push any across though and still were facing a three-run disadvantage.

NM State posted six runs in the fourth inning to give it a nine-run lead, 12-3. UTEP did not bat in any runs in the top of the fifth frame to end the game.


>> Kasey Flores finished the weekend with 10 RBI, three homeruns, three singles, two doubles and .643 batting average

>> Cortney Smith finished with a .417 batting average and eight RBI with five hits

>> Smith and Flores both are on a four-game hitting streak

>> Flores posted a hitting run over two games of five hits in five at-bats (three singles and two doubles)

Up next, UTEP Softball will travel out west to take part in the Boyd Rebel Gaming Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. UTEP will play a five-game slate beginning with Weber State on Friday, Feb. 15 (12 P.M. MT).

UTEP Softball Splits Opening Day

Las Cruces – The UTEP softball team (1-1, 0-0) split opening day action, defeating Creighton (0-1, 0-0), 13-4, and falling to New Mexico (1-0, 0-0), 15-6.

Freshman Kasey Flores amassed seven RBI against Creighton in her collegiate debut that tied for the second most during a single game in program history. Senior Cortney Smith added two homeruns in the first game of the day with five RBI.

“I think we started out really well. Julia (Wright) had a great game. She was a little nervous in that first inning, but she came back and kept us in the game. Our offense really helped us all day. We had some really great at-bats, and we had some power numbers. It came from a lot of different people so that was nice. Its nice to see Cortney Smith, Kacey Duffield and Kasey Flores have some really big success right off the bat. The key is just making sure we keep doing that.”

Game 1

UTEP fell behind in the first inning after giving up two runs to the Bluejays in the first inning. Cortney Smith promptly corrected the situation, hitting a two-run bomb over the right field fence in the first at-bat of her senior season.

With the score tied (2-2) in the bottom of the second frame, freshman Kasey Flores hit a single through the left side of the infield, driving in Ilena Santos and Pamala Baber for the first two runs of her career. Ariel Blair would get on base from a walk, and then Smith came to the plate, blasting her second homerun of the game scoring three more runs to bring the Miner lead to five runs, 7-2.

Flores, a native of El Paso, joined in on the long-ball action in the fourth inning by hitting the first homer of her college career and bringing the Miner run count to nine (9-4). Senior Kacey Duffield brought the homerun count to four with a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth.

The Orange and Blue were leading 10-4 in the bottom of the sixth with Ariana Valles and Mallorie Cross reached base for Flores. Flores made Miner history with one swing of the bat as she homered to deep center field, ending the game by run rule, 13-4. With that swing she scored the most runs in a debut game for a Miner (seven) and secured the first opening-game victory in the Tobin Echo-Hawk era.

Senior Julia Wright (1-0) was awarded the victory in the circle, pitching a complete game with five strikeouts. Flores posted three hits (single and two homeruns) and seven RBI. Smith hit dingers of her own with five RBI, and Duffield added an RBI off of her homerun.

Game 2

UTEP fell behind early against the Lobos by a score of 7-0 with nine walks after two innings and failed to recover from the deficit falling to the Lobos 15-6.

Flores notched her third homer and eighth RBI of the day in an incredible debut for a freshman. Duffield locked in her second bomb of the day, marking three Miners with multiple homeruns for the opening day of the 2019 season.

The Miner pitching staff saw Kira McKechnie, Bryana Munoz, Nadya Orozco and Allie Johnson reach the circle. Johnson saw the most action with 3.0 innings pitched and four strikeouts, and Orozco followed with 2.2 innings of work with three strikeouts. Munoz recorded the loss for the game (0-1).


>> First opening-game victory in the Echo-Hawk era

>> Kasey Flores recorded the most RBI (seven) in a debut game, and is the first Miner to hit two homeruns in their first game

Up next, the Miners will take part in the final day of the NM State Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 9). UTEP will play Creighton (12:30 p.m. MT) and host-school NM State (5:30 p.m. MT).

Twenty-Two UTEP Student-Athletes to Graduate This Week

Twenty-two past and present UTEP student-athletes will graduate from the university on Saturday, December 15.

The list includes 12 representatives from the football program, six from track & field, three from soccer and one from volleyball.

Highlighting the list of graduates are three-time first team All-American Jonah Koech and seven-time Conference USA champion Lilian Koech from track and field.

Of the 12 graduating football student athletes, 10 have made starts for the Miners (OL Jerrod Brooks, DT Sani Buckingham, RB/LB Treyvon Hughes, DB Alex JeanCharles, WR Terry Juniel, TE David Lucero, DB Nik Needham, WR Warren Redix, OL Tanner Stallings, TE Josh Weeks).

Juniel is ranked in the top-10 in school history in kickoff return yards (1,253) and Needham is UTEP’s career leader in pass breakups with 33.

Nine of the graduates have earned a spot on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll during their careers for posting a grade point average of 3.0 or better.


Kylie Baumgartner (Volleyball)

Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Ranks third all-time for block assists (300) and fifth in total blocks (341) in program history … the only Miner to lead the team in block assists and total blocks for three consecutive seasons … participated in 105 matches and had 352 sets played throughout her career … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Biology major.


Ada Benjamin (Track & Field)

Lagos, Nigeria

Helped the women’s track and field team claim four Conference USA titles, including its first conference outdoor title … registered a personal best of 52.76 seconds in the 400m at the 2017 Conference USA Outdoor Championships, earning a spot at the NCAA West Preliminaries … one-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Entrepreneurship major.


Jerrod Brooks (Football)

Dallas, Texas

Offensive lineman who played in 37 games and started in 18 for the Orange and Blue … a four-time letter winner for the Miners … helped Aaron Jones gain a single-season program-record 1,773 yards in 2016 while becoming UTEP’s all-time leading rusher … double major in Communication and Criminal Justice.


Sani Buckingham (Football)

Tafuna, American Samoa

A two-time letterwinner … has seen playing time at tight end and in the defensive line while appearing in 17 games in the Orange and Blue … one-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Economics major.


Kennadie Chaudhary (Soccer)

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Played in 73 games and started 53 for the Miners … tallied 11 goals, seven assists and 29 points … scored three game-winning goals … helped the Miners to a 1-0 win over Rice at the 2016 C-USA Championships … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Forensic Science major.


Stephen Forester (Football)

Dallas, Texas

A three-year letter winner for the Miners … saw action in 18 games for UTEP … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Finance major.


Asa Guevara (Track & Field)

Chaguanas, Trinidad & Tobago

Took gold in the 400m at the 2018 Conference USA Outdoor Championships with a personal best time of 45.26 seconds … was ranked 26th nationally with a personal best of 20.51 seconds in the 200m, posted at the 2018 Desert Heat Classic … advanced to the NCAA West Preliminaries twice … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Treyvon Hughes (Football)

Waxahachie, Texas

Played in 33 games and made eight starts for the Orange and Blue … rushed for 320 yards on 98 attempts … made six starts at linebacker and registered 40 tackles and two quarterback hurries during the 2017 season … Criminal Justice major.


Adrian Hynson (Football)

Corpus Christi, Texas

Played in 37 games on special teams and defense for UTEP … a three-year letter winner for the Miners … registered 28 tackles and a sack … Organizational & Corporate Communication major.


Alex JeanCharles (Football)

Winter Haven, Fla.

Played in 10 games and made one start for the Orange and Blue … a two-year letter winner for the Miners … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Terry Juniel (Football)

Surprise, Ariz.

Tallied 2,209 all-purpose yards in his UTEP career …  ranked eighth in school history in kickoff return yards … finished the 2018 season ranked third in C-USA in punt return average … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Jonah Koech (Track & Field)

Eldoret, Kenya

Made six NCAA Championship appearances … finished the 2018 outdoor season with a personal best of 1:46.23 seconds in the 800m, finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships … garnered first team All-American honors three times … helped the men’s cross country team claim two Conference USA titles … Management major.


Lilian Koech (Track & Field)

Eldoret, Kenya

Helped the UTEP women’s cross country team capture the first conference title in program history … also aided the women’s track and field squad to four Conference USA titles … earned seven Conference USA gold medals and advanced to the NCAA Championships once … Biological Sciences major.


David Lucero (Football)

Holtville, Calif.

Registered 20 catches for 322 yards in 2018, becoming only the sixth UTEP tight end to tally 300 yards in a campaign … played in 20 games for the Miners and made 12 starts … closed out his career with 37 receptions for 451 yards and three touchdowns … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Rasmus Maukonen (Track & Field)

Palokka, Finland

Closed out the 2015 season with an NCAA Championship appearance in the javelin and finished 20th overall … launched the seventh-longest throw in program history of 73.64m in the javelin at the 2016 UTEP Springtime meet … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Mechanical Engineering major.


Nik Needham (Football)

Buena Park, Calif.

Started in 41 games for the Miners … registered a school record 33 pass breakups … concluded career with 213 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions … Organizational & Corporate Communication major.


Tyler Ragin (Track & Field)

Macon, Ga.

Helped the UTEP women’s track and field team claim four Conference USA titles, including its first conference outdoor crown … posted a personal best of 5.94m in the long jump at the Sun Angel Classic … three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Organizational & Corporate Communication major.


Warren Redix (Football)

El Paso, Texas

Played in 46 games for UTEP and made 18 starts at wide receiver … registered 85 catches for 856 yards and five touchdowns … saw the field as a running back, receiver and returner … Multimedia Journalism major.


Sheridan Smith (Soccer)

Yuma, Ariz.

Appeared in 28 games for the Miners … logged 170 minutes in the Orange and Blue … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Tanner Stallings (Football)

Sterling, Kan.

Played in 17 games and made nine starts for the Orange and Blue … efforts in the offensive line helped the Miners average 185.5 rushing yards per game and 20 rushing touchdowns in 2016, while aiding Aaron Jones to a single-season program-record 1,773 rushing yards … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Carmen Webster (Soccer)

Spring, Texas

Played in nine games for the Miners … assisted on the game-winning goal against Houston Baptist during her first year at UTEP … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Biology major.


Josh Weeks (Football)

Show Low, Ariz.

Played in 19 games and made two starts for the Miners … registered 14 catches for 221 yards and one touchdown in his career … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

UTEP Softball Reveals 50-Game 2019 Schedule

UTEP softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced the Miners’ 50-game slate for the 2019 campaign.

The schedule features 14 home games at Helen of Troy Softball Complex and six others versus programs that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Softball Tournament (NM State, BYU and Arizona).

“Our 2019 schedule is going to be challenging, and I am excited to see our team compete against some of the top teams.” Echo-Hawk said about the 2019 slate.

The Miners will log 6,120 miles of travel before Conference-USA play begins. The Orange and Blue will begin the journey by traveling up the road to compete in I-10 rival NM State’s tournament. UTEP will open up with Creighton (Feb. 8), as well as battling New Mexico later that same day. The next day will feature another matchup versus Creighton and tournament-host NM State to cap off the first week of action for the Miners.

The team will then head to Las Vegas, Nev., for the Marucci Desert Classic (Feb. 15-17) hosted by UNLV. The Miners will take part in two contests to begin the tournament against Weber State and Hawaii (Feb. 15). On February 16 UTEP will play two more games against UC Davis and BYU. The final day will see the Orange and Blue taking on host school UNLV, concluding action in the City of Lights. UTEP won its final three matches of the Marucci Desert Classic in the 2018 season, including a victory over the hometown Rebels.

A trip to Davis, Calif., will be next on the agenda for the Miners. A doubleheader against UC Davis will open up work for UTEP (Feb. 21). Following the opening day, the team will see action versus Weber State and Saint Mary’s (Calif.) (Feb. 22), before concluding their time in Davis by taking on Seattle (Feb. 23).

Hitting the road to Riverside, Calif., is also on the docket for UTEP, as it will play five games as part of UC Riverside’s annual tournament. A pair of contests versus Cal Baptist and UC Riverside headline the opening day of the tournament (March 1). A re-match against Cal Baptist will occur on the following day (March 2). UTEP will end its tournament schedule playing two games with Sacramento State and UC Riverside (March 3).

The Miners have a trip to Lubbock, Texas, planned where they will play a doubleheader with the Big 12’s Texas Tech Red Raiders (March 5).

During the Conference USA schedule all Saturday matchups will feature a doubleheader with the final game being played on Sunday afternoon (with the exception of Easter Weekend, which will be a doubleheader on Friday and a single game Saturday).

The Orange and Blue will begin conference play by taking on Charlotte (March 9-10) in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The weekend will also mark the first home action of the season for the Miners.

The Miners will play at North Texas (March 16-17), and then will host program rival NM State for a doubleheader (March 19).

Southern Miss will come down to the Sun City (March 23-24), and then the Miners will travel to UAB (March 30-31).

UTEP will take a break from conference play, when it travels to Tucson, Ariz., to take on national power Arizona in a doubleheader (April 3). The Wildcats made it all the way to the Los Angeles Super Regional last season, and will provide a great test for the Orange and Blue.

The New Mexico Lobos will be next on the Miner schedule as they will host UTEP for a single contest on Apr. 9.

The team will travel to LA Tech (April 13-14), before hosting Florida Atlantic (Apr. 19-20) on Easter Weekend.

The final road trip will be against UTSA (April 27-28), with the Miners concluding the regular season versus FIU on the Helen of Troy Softball Complex’s diamond (May 4-5).

The top eight teams will advance to the Conference USA tournament in Birmingham, Ala. (May 8-11).

UTEP Softball Takes On Odessa In Double-Header Sunday

The UTEP softball team will conclude fall play with a double-header against Odessa (1 & 3 p.m.) at Helen of Troy Softball Complex.

The Miners have shown progress in all areas in preparation for the 2019 campaign.

Freshmen pitchers Alexis Hamilton, Bryana Munoz and Nadya Orozco have all received valuable reps in the circle for UTEP, while veterans Kira McKechnie, Julia Wright and Allie Johnson have added to their pitching arsenals.

The bats for the Orange and Blue have been scorching this fall averaging 9.67 runs per contest. Last weekend the Miners claimed two victories over Cisco College, 14-7,16-2.

This run support has led to a 4-2 record and a positive glimpse on what to expect in the spring from the UTEP bats.

Admission for both of Sunday’s games is free.

UTEP Softball Travels To NM State For Fall Contests

The UTEP softball team will travel to Las Cruces, to compete in two contests versus New Mexico (2 p.m.) and NM State (6 p.m.) on Saturday.

The Miners enter their second weekend of fall play after splitting the first to games with a victory over Midland (14-4), and falling to NM State (4-3).

In the first game, first baseman Kacey Duffield led the way with three RBI. Freshman Kacey Flores showed a glimpse of what she had done throughout her high school career, sending the ball over the right field fence driving in two runs.

Veteran pitchers Julian Wright, Kira McKechnie and Allie Johnson combined for 11 strikeouts and gave up four runs in the victory.

The Orange and Blue pitching staff comprised of freshmen Alexis Hamilton, Bryana Munoz and Nadya Orozco gave up four runs in the first two innings versus NM State, but from then on only gave up two base hits shutting down the potent Aggies’ offense.

The bats for UTEP awakened in the bottom of the sixth inning when Bryanna Molina and Idalis Mendez both drove in a run each. The Miners late push got them within one run but was unable to take the lead in the final inning of play.

UTEP will look to avenge the loss this Saturday, and will continue to seek improvement as the spring schedule approaches.

Story in Many Pics: UTEP Softball Alumni Game

It was all grins, hugs and softball today at the Helen of Troy Field as the UTEP Miners started their fall season with the annual Alumni Game.

The UTEP softball team will begin its six-match fall slate at Helen of Troy Softball Complex Sunday with back-to-back contests versus Midland (12 p.m. MT) and NM State (4 p.m. MT).

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the action in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

UTEP Softball Alumni Game, Helen of Troy Field, El Paso TX , Andres Acosta / El Paso Herald-Post

UTEP Softball Opens Fall Play On Sunday

The UTEP softball team will begin its six-match fall slate at Helen of Troy Softball Complex Sunday with back-to-back contests versus Midland (12 p.m. MT) and NM State (4 p.m. MT).

Prior to the games, the UTEP Softball Alumni Game will be played on Saturday (12 p.m. MT). All games are free for all fans.

The Alumni game will also offer the opportunity to celebrate the induction of Miner legend Camilla Carrera into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame Friday evening. Carrera is the all-time leader in homeruns (61), hits (260), batting average (.401), RBI (197) and a two-time Conference USA Player of the Year.

UTEP fans will be treated to a preview of what to expect from the Miner squad this spring. The pitching duo of senior Kira McKechnie and junior Julia Wright combined for 76 appearances last season, and will look to make strides in the circle for the Orange and Blue as they approach the fall lineup.

Seniors Kacey Duffield and Cortney Smith are the returning homerun getters with five a piece from the 2018 campaign. They will be depended upon to anchor an offense that lost three of its top contributors from last year’s senior class.

The UTEP lineup features nine freshmen, which is the most in the past decade. This added depth will look to get valuable reps during this fall in order to prepare for their inaugural collegiate seasons.

Midland and NM State will play at 2 p.m. MT following the first game of the day on Sunday.

UTEP Softball Releases 2018 Fall Schedule

UTEP softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced its eight-game fall slate in preparation for the 2019 campaign.

The Miners will begin fall play with the 2018 Alumni Game in celebration of two-time Conference USA Player of the year winner Camilla Carrera, who is being inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame.

On Sept. 23 UTEP will play two contests at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex against Midland (12 p.m.) MT and NM State (4 p.m.) MT.

The Orange and Blue will hit the road to Las Cruces, N.M., for two games on Sept. 29 versus UNM (2 p.m.) MT and N.M. State (6 p.m.) MT.

The next day on Sept. 30 the Miners head back home to play a doubleheader against Cisco College (12 & 2 p.m.) MT. The following week (Oct. 7) UTEP will round out fall competition with a two-game set versus Odessa (1 & 3 p.m.).

This fall schedule will give Echo-Hawk, who is entering her sixth season leading the Miners, a chance to see where her returning talent stands heading into the 2019 season. Echo-Hawk and her staff will also have the opportunity to evaluate the nine new faces joining the UTEP roster.

All contests at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex will be free admission.

UTEP Softball Announces Alex Jones to Coaching Staff

UTEP softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced the addition of Alex Jones to the coaching staff on Friday. Jones previously served as a volunteer assistant coach at Oklahoma State in 2018, while she was a standout performer at Kansas from 2010 to 2014.

Jones will assist in all aspects of the program, with the emphasis on the pitching staff.

“We are extremely excited to add Alex Jones to our staff,” sixth-year UTEP head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk said. “She is a well-rounded coach who brings a ton of energy and passion to the program. She has the ability to help our student-athletes grow and develop.”

While coaching in 2018, the Cowgirls finished the 2018 campaign with a 39-22 overall record and 12-6 mark in Big 12 action. OSU advanced to the NCAA Regionals and chalked up a victory against DePaul, 6-0, on May 19. The Cowgirls hit .314 as a team, while posting a 2.64 ERA this past season.

Jones’s primary focus this past season was working with the Cowgirls’ outfielders and slappers. She was one of the main arms throwing full pitches during batting practice, while also expanding her coaching experience in the bullpen under OSU pitching coach, Jeff Cottrill, who led and oversaw the progress of the staff during the season.

While at Kansas, Jones started in 199 of 201 total contests in the outfield, while starting in 41 games in the circle. She hit .303 (207-684) during her career, while tallying 28 RBI, nine doubles, three triples, and 129 runs scored. Jones snagged 48 stolen bases and drew 42 walks.

Jones set career highs in batting average (.324), hits (56) and runs (43) in 2013. Jones also registered a career bests in RBI (11), doubles (six), stole a career-high 15 bags in 2011. She finished her career third all-time in at-bats (684) and runs (129). In the circle, Jones won 21 contests and tossed 13 complete games. She fashioned a 2.99 ERA, while striking out 159 batters in 196.2 innings of work. She also only walked 87 batters during her four seasons. Jones threw a career-high 92.2 frames during her freshman season in 2010, winning seven contests. Her best season came in 2013 when she went 7-2 with a 1.94 ERA in 43.1 innings, while striking out 51 and walking only 15.

“I feel unbelievably blessed to have the opportunity to continue coaching at UTEP.” Jones said. “After meeting coach Echo-Hawk in Arizona at a tournament back in February with my fiancé, Remington (Rebstock), who was already coaching for UTEP football, I remember thinking how perfect it would be if we could both coach in areas we loved at the same university. When the assistant coaching position became available at the end of season, it was a no-brainer that I was going to go for it. After visiting campus and spending time with the staff and a few of the players, I realized it was an even better situation than I had even imagined. What I thought was just a dream a several months ago is now a reality, and I can’t wait to get started.”

A few facts about Jones are she was teammates with former Miner softball player, Colleen Hohman, at Kansas during the 2012 season and her fiancé, Remington Rebstock, is the cornerbacks coach for the UTEP football team.  Also, Jones is a native of Enid, Okla., which was the home of legendary Hall of Fame UTEP basketball coach Don Haskins.

UTEP Softball’s Clayton Receives C-USA Spirit of Service Award

IRVING, Tx – On Wednesday, UTEP softball’s Courtney Clayton was honored with the Spring Conference USA Spirit of Service Award.

Clayton amassed 84.5 hours of community service during the 2017-18 athletic season. The Cornelius, Or., native used much of her free time at the Animal Rescue League of El Paso, while also donating her attention to the Special Olympics of El Paso and Texas.

Clayton also donated her efforts to multiple UTEP events.

In the classroom, Clayton graduated with a 3.87 GPA with a degree in health promotion and a minor in nutrition. Clayton was named to the C-USA All-Academic team for the third straight season, while also making the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll all four years and being honored as a C-USA Academic Medalist.

On the field, Clayton led C-USA with a .413 batting average – the first Miner to do so since 2012. Clayton racked up 71 hits, ranking third in the league, while her 35 knocks in league only games ranked first in C-USA.

Clayton concluded her career starting in all 210 games during her four-year career.

The award is given to the student-athlete who donate their time in the community, have a high academic standing and excel in their respective sports.

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