UTEP's Idalis Mendez - Photo by Connor Putman

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.

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