The series finale is Sunday during Middle Tennessee’s Senior Day. First pitch is set for a noon CT/11 a.m. MT start.
HONOLULU, Hawai’i – UTEP fell to 9-9 after a pair of losses, the first to no. 15 Cal, 4-0, and Longwood, 6-0, on Thursday at the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament.
The weekend will continue with James Madison on March 2 (4:30 p.m. MT), Hawai’i on March 3 (8 p.m. MT), and East Carolina (2:30 p.m. MT) and Hawai’i (5 p.m.) on March 4.
UTEP 0, Cal 4
Despite falling, 4-0, to no. 15 Cal, a bright spot for the Miners was sophomore pitcher Allie Johnson, who tossed a career-high 5.0 innings, while going scoreless during the frames and striking out a career-best three batters. Johnson allowed two hits during her appearance in the circle.
Cal hurler Kamalani Dung (9-0) silenced UTEP’s bats during a complete-game winning effort. Dung tallied 12 strikeouts in the process.
The Golden Bears received all of their offense in the first frame, as four runners crossed the dish on five hits.
UTEP 0, Longwood 6
The Lancers scored two runs in the first and another two in the second, while starting Longwood pitcher Sydney Gay (4-2) allowed three hits to keep UTEP’s potent offense in check.
The Miners registered four hits during the contest as Pamala Baber, Courtney Clayton, Kacey Duffield and Bryanna Molina (in a pinch-hit situation) each recorded knocks.
The Miners loaded the bases in the seventh after a pitch hit Ilena Santos, Lindsey Sokoloski drew a walk and Molina singled. But Miners couldn’t sustain any more offense to score runners.
Clayton’s single was her 200th career hit, as she now ranks tied third with Stacie Townsend and is only the fourth Miner to record 200 or more hits during a career.