LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The UTEP softball team fell 6-1 to Utah State and followed with a 16-3 (five innings) loss to San Jose Stateon Saturday at the DeMarini Desert Classic hosted by UNLV.
The Miners drop to 3-6 on the season and will conclude the weekend classic against Grand Canyon on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PT.
UTEP 1, Utah State 6
The Miners only tallied one hit, a Danielle Pearson single, and Kaitlin Ryder scored the lone run during the top seventh on an error. The Aggies connected on 10 hits.
Utah State’s April Brown (3-1) earned the victory, hurling a complete game and striking out seven batters.
UTEP 3, San Jose State 16 (5)
The Spartans (3-7) used an 11-run top fifth the put the Miners away. Brittany Abacherli connected on a towering grand slam during the big inning.
San Jose State jumped on UTEP early, scoring four runs with two outs during the first inning. However, Pepi recorded her fourth home run, matching last season’s total, in the bottom half, a two-run shot. Ryder brought her squad within a run on an RBI single during the second.
With the score 5-3 in the third, the Miners loaded the bases with two outs, but a Cortney Smith single that would’ve brought runners home hit base runner Taylor Sargent, thus ending the rally.
The Miners tallied 11 hits, as Pepi had another 3-for-3 night, tying her career high in hits. Smith, Ryder and Courtney Clayton each registered a pair of knocks on the night.