RIVERSIDE, Calif. – April Brown delivered a two-hitter in a complete game victory as Utah State defeated UTEP, 4-1, during the final day at the Riverside Classic on a cloudy Sunday afternoon.
The Miners dropped to 2-11 on the season.
Sydney Hart put the Aggies (8-3) on the board first on a solo home run in the second inning. The following inning, Amee Aarhus connected on a hard liner to shallow third that plated a pair of runners, giving her squad a 3-0 advantage.
The Aggies took a 4-0 lead in the fifth when Sarina Jaramillo drove home Aarhus on a single to right.
Freshman Allie Johnson made her fifth start of the season, throwing an inning. Johnson forced a lineout, a fly out to third in foul territory and a fly out to center in a solid first inning outing, but allowed a home run and back-to-back singles the following frame.
Kiki Pepi and Cortney Smith registered UTEP’s hits, while Pepi drove home Lindsey Sokoloski in the sixth inning on a sac-fly to center. The Miners looked to rally in that sixth frame when Sokoloski led off by reaching first on an error and Smith used a double to advance Sokoloski to third. But Brown struck out Taylor Sargent and Kaitlin Ryder flied out to center to end the frame.
Erika Harrawood, who won her first career game against Utah State on Friday, finished the game. The senior hurled 4.2 innings, walked three and struck out five Aggies.
Brown (4-0) struck out 10 and walked three.
UTEP will travel to I-10 Rival NM State on March 1 for a single game (6 p.m.) and will hit the road again, this time to Lubbock, to play at the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic hosted by Texas Tech March 3-5
The Miners will take on the Red Raider on Friday (3 p.m. MT). Saturday’s contests will see Wichita State (9:30 a.m. MT) and the host again (2:30 p.m.). The weekend will conclude against the Shockers for a second time (9:30 a.m.).