The UTEP softball team (12-26, 2-13 Conference USA) fell to Southern Miss (26-16, 6-9 C-USA) 5-2 to close out the conference series Saturday morning at the Southern Miss Softball Complex.
Southern Miss jumped to an early 3-0 lead after Alexis Dittmer recorded a three-run home run in the second.
The Miners landed on the board in the fourth off a Kaylin Jackson RBI single that plated Autumn Scott who pinch ran for Anna Sample after she reached on a fielding error by leftfielder Scout Jennings.
UTEP’s lead swiper, Savannah Favre, recorded her ninth stolen base on the season shortly after she led off the fifth inning reaching on a throwing error by the pitcher. Favre later crossed the dish off a Pate Cathey RBI single down the right field line to close the deficit, 3-2.
The Golden Eagles answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth from back-to-back throwing errors by the Miners to extend the lead, 5-2.
USM’s sixth inning relief pitcher, Morgan Leinstock, held the Miners to no runs for the remainder of the game to secure the series sweep.
Miner Quick Hits
Kaylin Jackson: 1-for-3, RBI
Pate Cathey: 1-for-4, RBI
UTEP will be back in action as it travels to Tucson, Arizona to take on Arizona (22-15, 3-11 Pac-12) in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 19 at 2/4 p.m. MT at Hillenbrand Stadium.